Browsing Archive: June, 2011

ELST DISTANCE - Jun 25/26 @ Prestonpans

Posted by Portobello ASC on Tuesday, June 28, 2011,
This was the final chance of the season for a few of our swimmers to secure bronze squad times or record new PBs. Once again, our top performer was Ciaran who recorded a bronze squad time with every swim (just missing a silver time by half a sec in the 200m free),  won 4 golds and a silver and picked up the best boy trophy in the 13/14 age group. Rosanna also had a great day on Sat, recording three bronze squad times from three swims. Emma tackled two tough events (200m fly and 400m...

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Lothian Leagues 2011

Posted by Portobello ASC on Tuesday, June 28, 2011,
2 LEAGUES TITLES AND 1 RUNNER-UP

As the 2011 Lothian Leagues came to an exciting conclusion, we ended up winning two of the Leagues and finished 2nd in another. The morning session saw some great swims from a number of swimmers - Eilidh and Ben had excellent PBs in the 200m free, Gigi and Sophie had good improvements in the 100m IM, Robin had a great swim in the 50m back (4.5 sec PB), Zoe took another 2.8 sec off her 50m fly best time and both Emma and Thomas improved their 50m breast ...

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Hearts Novice - Sun May 29 @ Leith Academy

Posted by Portobello ASC on Tuesday, June 28, 2011,
A very good day at Leth Academy and a very productive afternoon in particular. Gigi had an excellent day, winning two golds and a silver from only three events. Jenna won a gold (winning the breast just ahead of Gigi, so we got both gold and silver), Thomas won two silvers in his only two events, with Sophie and Caitlyn both winning a bronze. The relay team (Ella, Erin C, Gigi, Robin, Sophie and Thomas) also won a bronze.

We also saw some excellent PBs from Ella (breast), Thomas (free...

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East District Open Champs - May 14/15 @ Tollcross

Posted by Portobello ASC on Tuesday, June 28, 2011,
A relatively rare chance for some of our swimmers to compete in a long course meet, this year's ED Open was at Tollcross (which, of course, is not actually in the East). Our top performer over the weekend was Ciaran, who won our one medal (in the 100m fly) and also secured a 4th place and two 5th places. Both John and Iona just missed a medal, finishing 4th in the 200m back and 50m breast respectively.    

Ciaran recorded PBs in all but one of his events, Iona had two PBs, Anna C, Nie...

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Haddington Total Swimmer - Sun May 8 @ Pretonpans

Posted by Portobello ASC on Tuesday, June 28, 2011,
We only had seven swimmers at this year's Total Swimmer meet but still managed to have two finalists in this high standard event. Both Emma H and Iona qualified for the 200m IM final in their respective age groups  with Emma collecting a bronze medal. The quality of our girls swimming (Erin, Nieve, Jade, Morgan and Eilidh along with our two finalists) was such that all events saw the majority of them recording a PB - in the 100m IM there were 6 PBs, 50m back had 6, so did 50m fly, 50m b...
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Livingston Dev Meet - Sat May 7 @ Prestonpans

Posted by Portobello ASC on Tuesday, June 28, 2011,
We had a sizeable group of swimmers at the LDD gala, two of whom did very well in reaching some finals. Laura made four finals, taking a gold and three silvers and Rosanna made two finals (back and fly).

There were numerous PBs across the day, some into double figures in terms of number of secs improvement. The biggest PBs were Grace (back), Sarah (fly), Anna S and Stuart (back), Grace and Stuart (free), Kitty and Jenna (back), Louise (free), Stuart (breast) and Sarah (free). Many thank...

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Introducing, Coach Pennington

Posted by Portobello ASC on Tuesday, June 28, 2011,

I would like to take this opportunity to officially welcome David Pennington (pictured) to Portobello A.S.C. David has joined us from the University of Edinburgh Performance squad where he enjoyed a long and successful swimming career under some of the country’s finest and most free thinking coaches. David’s enthusiasm for the sport of swimming along with in depth knowledge of stroke mechanics and long term athlete development all add up to one heck of a coach.

I am delighted to h...


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Implementing Positive Change @ P.A.S.C

Posted by Portobello ASC on Tuesday, June 28, 2011,
Dear Parents and swimmers,

As you all know a couple of months ago Portobello ASC enlisted the services of Darren Ward as our club development officer with a view to improving all aspects of the swimming section of our club.  I am sure most of you will have met him or seen him at sessions in the last couple of months.  Since starting in December Darren, and the management committee as a whole, have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to evaluate where we as a club are, where we wan...

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Scottish Schools Finals - 29 Jan @ Tollcross

Posted by Portobello ASC on Tuesday, June 28, 2011,
We had 9 PASC swimmers in total who qualified for the Finals this year representing their schools,  with no less than 5 swimmers making it into the top 12 of their respective events.  Despite the lack of training in a long course pool there were still lots of PBs, most notably Ellie G who came 10th overall in the 100m Back for 12-13 year old girls.  But it was Rory McKay who stole the day, taking the bronze medal in the 100m Fly and was then straight into the pool for the 200m Back whe...
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Lothian Club Champs - 30 Jan @ Prestonpans

Posted by Portobello ASC on Tuesday, June 28, 2011,
Our most important team competition of the year, this year we were once again competing in the top division. After a hectic day of racing, the final positions were decided by the relays and, by a tiny margin of only 2 points, we finished 4th and will therefore be competing in Div 2 next year.
There were lots of exciting races but the best came at the end when the excellent 14+ boys team of Scott, Rory M, John and Neilson won a very noisy 4x 50m free race. The young girls team also took ...

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Telfer Cup - 30 Jan @ Prestonpans

Posted by Portobello ASC on Tuesday, June 28, 2011,
It only comprises four relay races but the Telfer Cup is an important part of the swim season - apart from anything else,the trophy itself is one of the oldest in Scottish swimming. We managed to get three of our 4 team in the medals which meant that we finished in third place overall.
In terms of individual performances, there were excellent swims from Jamie D and Ellie who both swam official PBs and from Laura, JJ, Ciaran, Rory M and the legend that is Neilson. Well done ...

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Livingston Development Gala - 22 Jan @ Whitburn

Posted by Portobello ASC on Tuesday, June 28, 2011,
We had a small team at this development gala aimed at younger swimmers. Other than the bizarre requirement for all swimmers to wear the same yellow caps (which made warm-up a bit difficult to monitor), the kids all had a great time.
We had three top 6 finishes (Elilidh in the back and breast, Thomas in the breast) and several good PBs, best of which was Jenna who took nearly 4 secs off her 50m free time. Other best swims were Holly in the 50m back, Erin in the 25m free and ...

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