Swim stars go the distance

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Four Gala ASC swimmers travelled to Prestonpans Mercat Gate Swimming Pool to compete in the East Lothian Swim Team Distance meet over the weekend – and once again flew the town’s flag with distinction.

This meet isn’t for the faint-hearted, with 200m and 400m events coming thick and fast over two days of competition.

Maili Brown started off the weekend in style, gaining a personal best (PB) in the 200 back, and went on to PB in her 200 free, 200 IM and 400 free. Maili also swam strongly in the 400 IM and 200 breast.

Sarah Frizzel put on a fine show in the 200 breast and went on to PB in the 200 IM and the 400 free.

Elsbeth Roper kept up the high standard and swam a strong 200 IM and managed a fantastic 20-secondPB.

Last, but by no means least, was Bethany Hamilton, who performed well in the 200 free, in which she gained a good PB, then went on to PB in the 400 IM and 200 breast before finishing off with another strong swim in the 200 IM.

Between them, they brought home an impressive medal haul of two silver and four bronze medals – a truly fantastic effort.

The previous week saw another great performance at the Duns 500 meet.

Laura Frizzel, Jack McDonald, Elsbeth Roper and Andrew Watt all had fantastic swims, with Sophie Wilson proving the star of the show when collecting the Best Girl Cup in the 11-and-under age group.

With a tally of 14 medals, Gala, with the smallest team count, finished third overall.

Beth Johnston and Finlay Lindores were also in action when they represented the East of Scotland at the Regional Development Meet in Aberdeen.

Beth gained a PB in her back to win silver and put in powerful displays in the 50 free and 100 IM, collecting bronze for both.

Finlay received full classification and put in a truly excellent performance, cumulating in a great PB in the 50 free.