Brodies Scottish Team Swimming Championships

Brodies Scottish Team Swimming Championships

A smaller than usual team of swimmers travelled down to the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh for this year’s Brodies Scottish Schools Team Championships.
It was a very early morning start for the swimmers (4.15am zzzzzzz) but wouldn’t you just know it, the bus journey went really smoothly and we arrived at the pool at about 7.45am – only an hour and a quarter before the warm up started and before any of the organisers.
Everyone woke up and warmed up but then just before the racing started, the organisers became aware that their Referee wasn’t coming and all the Technical Officials in their beautiful whites were “leaderless”. At the same time as this happened, Lynn made a big mistake and went to get a cup of tea from the Officials room only to be roped into Refereeing wearing her sky blue Alford Otters polo shirt and her Barbie pink trousers and equally bright pink flip-flops.
There were a few minor hiccoughs getting started with the racing but first up for Alford was the Primary Boys Freestyle Relay with Coben, Finlay, James and Oli splitting 35.60, 35.03, 40.19 and 33.99 respectively finishing 7th in Scotland in a time of 2:24.81.
Next was the S1/2 Girls also swimming Freestyle. The team of Jasmine, Josephine, Freya and Laura split 34.07, 34.43, 36.54 and 32.88. Their time of 2:17.92 saw them finish 29th in the busiest event of the day.
The Open Girls were swimming a Medley Relay next. The team finished 9th with Kirsty on the Backstroke leg in 34.00 and Iona on the Breaststroke in 40.05. Emma then swam the Fly and Annabelle the Free. The Fly leg recorded at n 32.83 and the Free 26.81. Not convinced those times are quite right!!! Perhaps a judge stood on the timing pad, or a swimmer exiting the pool pushed against it. We will never know unfortunately.
In the afternoon the events were reversed so the Boys tackled a Medley. We were all really proud of how they swam, so close to winning a medal, finishing 4th. 39.88 for Finlay on the Backstroke. The rest of the times were not recorded by the timing equipment unfortunately.
For the Girls, the S1/2 Medley Relay team finished 27th with 36.76 for Jasmine on the Backstroke, 43.77 for Josephine on the Breaststroke, Laura completed the Fly in 38.15 and Mhairi swam the Freestyle in 36.06
Finally the Open Girls swam their Freestyle event again finishing 9th. I think the order was Emma, Iona, Kirsty, Annabelle with times of 29.55, 31.65, 31.29 and 29.15.
Traditional Macdonalds on the way home.
Well done to all of the swimmers and also to Isla who accompanied us as a reserve. Many thanks also to Brian Cruickshank and Alford Academy for supporting the swimmers to attend this meet.
A special mention to Iona who helped Mr Cruickshank overcome the technology of McDonalds!!!!!!

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