Feb 1 2013 by Gordon Bannerman, Perthshire Advertiser
Perthshire youngsters struck gold at the Brodies Scottish Schools Swimming Championships held in tandem with the Scottish Schools Swimming Association.
Kinross High School’s Samantha Caulfield bagged a brace of golds at the Dollan Aqua Centre in East Kilbride.
In the 15-16 years section, Samantha won the 100m freestyle in 59.70 and the 200m individual medley in 2:26.99.
Duncan Scott (Strathallan School) claimed the 15-16 years 200m individual medley in 2:15.01 and was a silver medallist in the 200m butterfly.
In the butterfly, he actually set a Scottish schools record of 2:10.24 – but Kelso High School’s Ryan Brown clocked 2:10.18 to grab gold.
In the 12 and under 50m butterfly, Perth’s Freya Thomson (Craigie Primary School) took the gold in 32.75.
Freya is a member of the successful Perth City Swim Club, which took a 25-strong squad of swimmers to the Stirling Junior Open Meet.
The travelling team featured Morven and Katrin Rough, Abigail Queen, Kirsty Pitts, Rachel Nardone, Christy Morrison, Lauren Dundee, Hannah Edgley, Stephen Flemming, Campbell Hay, Connor MacFarlane, Finlay MacIntosh, Jacob Marchbank, Lauren McLaren, Scott McLay, Keir Menzies Smith, Hannah Michie, Jordan Annandale, Lewis Birrell, Sarah Cameron Sutcliffe, Ashleigh Chalmers, Erin Cummins, Ellen Davie, Freya Thomson and Reagan Doig.
There were some exceptional swims over the weekend with most of the swimmers posting personal best times.
Freya was the best overall girl winning three gold medals and five silvers and Scott McLay was second overall, returning with two gold medals, five silvers and a bronze.
Erin Cummins won three bronze medals, Ellen Davie won two silver medals and Kirsty Pitts won four golds, two silver medals and a bronze.