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Swimmers enjoy medal success

Published: 13 Feb 2013 09:30

REN 96 swimmers won a magnificent total of 10 medals at the Scottish Schools Swimming Championships held this year at the Dollan Aqua Centre East Kilbride.

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Qualifying events are held in the autumn from Shetland to Stranraer, so it is a huge achievement even qualifying for the finals' let alone winning a podium place.

The two Ren 96 gold medal winners were 13-year-old Lauren Gilkes and 17-year-old Ross Macdonald.

Lauren, pictured below, came first in the 100 metre back-stroke and also bagged bronze in 200 metre freestyle.

Ross grabbed gold in the 200 metre freestyle and came third in the 400 metre freestyle.

Against the best swimmers from every school in Scotland the Ren 96 showed their class.

Calum Young, 12, won silver in the 50 metre freestyle, Ross Gale, 15, won silver in the 200 metre free, Robyn Crawford, 13, pictured below, won bronze in the 100 metre backstroke, Mhairi High, 15, won bronze in the 200 metre butterfly, David Muir,14, won bronze in the 200 metre breast-stroke and Ross Young, 14, won bronze in the 100 metre breast-stroke.

Zoe Wilson, Jack Williamson, Caitlyn Truesdale, Ruby Ramage, James Murphy, Kirsty McGinlay, Heather Martin, Katie James and Rhiannon Gilkes all swam with great determination, posting several substantial personal best times and were unlucky not to be in the podium positions with just a fraction of a second separating the top-three swimmers.

Ren 96 head coach Sandy Blackwood was delight with his pupils.

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