Blue Toon swimmers enjoy greatest pool success yet

Lauren Thomson (14) and Caitlin Davies (14) take part in one of the biggest events of the year which was also held for the first time in the new 50m pool in Aberdeen.
Lauren Thomson (14) and Caitlin Davies (14) take part in one of the biggest events of the year which was also held for the first time in the new 50m pool in Aberdeen.

Two of Peterhead’s top swimmers competed in one of the calendar’s toughest events, a qualifying event for the Commonwealth Games.

Clubs from all over the UK and further afield congregated at Aberdeen’s new state-of-the-art 50m pool.

Big names were on show and Lauren Thomson and Caitlin Davies, both 14-years-old pupils at Peterhead Academy, performed well in an event which featured a number of Olympians.

“Friday evening saw our first swimmer Lauren Thomson competing in 50m Back which was also the first event of a prestigious weekend. Not an easy task after a long week at school.

“On Saturday, both Lauren and Caitlin took the challenge in their stride and achieved good times and PB’s.

“No mean feat when you’re in the same heats as the ‘well experienced’ but they were there for each other and proved their selves worthy of being there.

“They also enjoyed circulating with Olympian Robbie Renwick. We learned about Reaction Time from other experienced coaches too and found that our girls have the same RA as most of the Commonwealth and National swimmers competing. What a boost for our youngsters.

“On Sunday the girls rose early for the last leg for PASC (or so we thought). Both girls PB’d in their 50m Free and that was the icing on the cake.

“That and mingling with the ‘Great and Mighty’ in the swim down in the 25m pool. A great morning’s work.

“Ready to go home then up comes the announcement that Caitlin made it into the ‘B’ finals.

“Coach Colin Reekie appeared for the finals and his encouragement, mentoring and cheek saw Caitlin through the finals. “

PASC praised Wendy Thomson for her poolside support.

“The weekend went really well considering it was our first time at such an historic event.

“We were well supported by Diane from Alford Otters and North District Officials.

“But most of all well done to our girls who put everything they had into their swims and made two mums very proud.”