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Coverdale Novice League - Fri Sep 22 @ Haddington

Posted by Portobello ASC on Sunday, October 15, 2017,

First round of the Novice league in the new season, as usual started at Haddington. And as usual, we had some swimmers in their first ever gala so well done to Finlay, Aleyna and Mert who all competed really well

There were also some great PBs in various events, from Aoife-Rosa, Daniel, Harry, Neve, Eilidh, Robyn D, Rosie, Caitlin and Georgie. .

The evening was more evenly balance than the past few years and though we finished in 3rd place, we were only a couple of points behind 2nd and Tranent...


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Morpeth Annual Gala - Sun Sep 10 @ Morpeth

Posted by Portobello ASC on Sunday, October 15, 2017,

Our bi-annual trip to Morpeth was a great day out only slightly spoilt by the result! We had a good turn-out of swimmers, other than the 9/10 boys where we only had two swimmers when we needed four.

Our 11/12 girls were our strongest team and the 15+ boys team produced the most exciting relays (winning one and losing one, each by less than ¼ sec).

In the end we lost by around 80 points so we’ll need to work hard for next year’s return match.


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Iain MacFadyen Gala, Sat Sep 2 @ Prestonpans

Posted by Portobello ASC on Thursday, September 7, 2017,

20 swimmers competing and 20 swimmers recording at least one PB, a great day for the youngsters to start the season. Top performer was Lily who had three trips to the podium to collect a silver and two top six finishes. Closely followed by Robyn M who was only there for the afternoon but collected a silver and a bronze. William also made two trips to the podium, winning a bronze and a top 6 flash. He also collected a relay bronze, along with Lily, Sam and Claire. Our last two visitors to the ...


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Dunedin Challenge Gala, Aug 26/27 @ Bathgate

Posted by Portobello ASC on Thursday, September 7, 2017,

Great start to the season! The swimmers never fail to impress. 200 back seemed to be the event of the competition! PB's all round. Grace and Molly - nice amounts knocked off. Niamh - big chunk off (and within a whisker of Scottish Short Course qualifying time). Then Rory C taking 9secs off to go 2.28 with a negative split of 1.14.6 and 1.14.3! That's how to swim a 200 back!

Meanwhile, we had stacks of medals of all colours (Megan, Molly, Niamh, Miko, Rory, Louise). We had "nearlies" (Louise an...


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Musselburgh Sprint Gala, Sun Jun 18 @ Musselburgh

Posted by Portobello ASC on Thursday, September 7, 2017,

Aw man, I don't know where to start! What fantastic performances!! There were so many great swims, I apologise if I miss any of significance to the individuals concerned! The young ones set the tone yesterday and older ones certainly lived up to expectation (and some)!

Ben – bronze in the 50 free and going sub-30 (29.78) Miko – silver 50 free and 50 fly Megan – bronze 50 breast Niamh – gold 50 back Rowan – silver 50 back

With Niamh, Rowan, Louise and Megan holding off Glenrothes for a...


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Musselburgh Summer Fun Gala, Jun 17 @ Musselburgh

Posted by Portobello ASC on Thursday, September 7, 2017,

Great fun and great swimming had by all!
Loads of PB’s and a stack of medals and top six placings to boot. 
Harry and Emmy – bronze in 25 fly. 
Bea – gold 50 breast
Katie – silver 50 breast and 50 fly. 
Great swims Emily, Hanke and Georgie!
Topped off in the morning for the older girls who won gold in the 4 x 50 freestyle relay (Bea, Claire, Emily and Katie).

In the second session the medals and placings continued aplenty!
Daniel – bronze 50 back
Bea – bronze 50 free
Katie – gold 50 free
H...


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Dunedin Challenge Meet - Aug 29/30 @ Bathgate

Posted by Portobello ASC on Thursday, September 3, 2015,
Our first gala of the 2015/16 season and it has all started so well. After the summer break, our swimmers must have been well rested as six of our ten swimmers had a PB in every event - well done to Meagan, Emmeline, Megan McI, Rory C, Miko and Rory V for 100% PBs.

The weekend really belonged to Meagan who won 8 gold medals from 8 swims and broke 7 club records in the process. She also won £100 in the Dunedin Challenge, a fantastic result for a ten yr old!

More medals were won by Molly (...

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Muselburgh Fun Gala - Sat Jun 20 @ Musselburgh

Posted by Portobello ASC on Tuesday, June 23, 2015,
A great day at the Musselburgh novice gala, despite John's shirt! Lots of our swimmers performed really well and we won a load of medals.

Ben led the way with 2 golds and 2 silvers, Lily won 2 golds and 2 bronzes with Ethan also winning a gold and three bronzes. Louise won 4 silvers and Sam won a silver and a bronze. Lewis and Zach both won a bronze each and also another top 6 place each. Katie got two top 6 places and Emmy also got a top 6 place.

We also saw some great improvement with t...

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ELST Distance meet - Jun 13/14 @ Prestonpans

Posted by Portobello ASC on Monday, June 15, 2015,
A number of top squad swimmers were competing at the ELST distance meet this weekend and some very good times were set.
Kitty won a bronze in the 400m IM with a monster PB and she also broke three club age group records (400m free, 400m IM, 800m free).
Gigi also set new records, in our 14 yr olds club records - 200m back and 400m IM.
Ollie had an excellent swim in the 400m free, taking nearly 20 secs of his previous best time. Rory V took nearly 9 secs off his 400m free PB and both Arc...

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Haddington Total Swimmer - Sun Jun 7 @ Prestonpans

Posted by Portobello ASC on Monday, June 8, 2015,
We had eight girls competing in this excellent meet (what happened to the boys?) where everyone swims all four strokes plus an IM to decide who reaches the finals.
Both Gigi and Meagan made it to their age group finals, despite both being at the younger end of a two year age band, and
Gigi took the bronze (plus a cash prize!). Both girls also set new club records for the 200m IM in their finals.
Megan B had a very good day, setting 4 new PBs from 5 swims. Emma, Samantha, Molly and Emmeline...

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Lothian Leagues - Sat Jun 6 @ Prestonpans

Posted by Portobello ASC on Monday, June 8, 2015,
The final weekend of the Leagues, we had around 30 swimmers competing for the club. Several of our team finished in the top 6 in their age group and the majority of our swimmers recorded new PBs - well done to Thomas, Anna C, Scott P, Rory, Zach, Natasha, Niamh P, Julia, Lily, Ruby, Robyn, Ben, Niamh M, Ollie, Megan B, Archie, Dennis, Fraser, Megan McI, Sophie, Rory C and Rory V.
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East District Open, 29 - 31 May @ RCP

Posted by Portobello ASC on Monday, June 1, 2015,
We had 5 swimmers competing over the weekend and they were really well supported by Andy and Sue.
Scott had a very good weekend, making his first ever final at an Open competition in the 50m breast (and his time was a new club record).
Kitty secured an entry time for the Scottish Open in  the 50m fly, breaking her own 16 yrs club record. She also set new 16 yrs club records in the100m fly, 200m and 400m free. Not to be outdone, Gigi achieved the 50m breast time for the Scottish Open and...
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LDD Graded Meet, Sat May 23 @ Whitburn

Posted by Portobello ASC on Monday, May 25, 2015,
We had a dozen swimmers competing in the LDD meet and most recorded new PBs in various 100m events. Niamh M won a great gold medal in the back, just missing the Bronze Squad time by 0.5 secs. Meagan took silver in the breast, having already won a 'too fast' medal in the free. And the girls relay team (Molly, Meagan, Niamh and Katie) collected bronze medals.
Megan B had a good day, making the finals of both back and breast and Rory made the fly final. Unsurprisingly, both of Meagan's swi...
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Hearts Novice, Sunday May 10 @ Musselburgh

Posted by Portobello ASC on Tuesday, May 12, 2015,
We had two dozen swimmers and three coaches on poolside for the Hearts Novice, a really great turn-out and we saw some great swimming.

Isla and Ethan both were awarded in three different strokes, each collecting a gold, a bronze and a speeding ticket (for breaking the time band). Sam collected a gold and a bronze, with Grace B and Thomas collecting a gold. Both Robyn and Rory got speeding tickets and Louise won a bronze.

To end a very exciting day, we were part of fantastic relay race an...

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Lothian Leagues, Sun May 3 @ Whitburn

Posted by Portobello ASC on Monday, May 11, 2015,
Change of venue due to the closure of Prestonpans and we had a full squad in attendance.
Robyn had a great morning, taking 2nd and 3rd in her two events. Grace C and Sam both finished 3rd and Meagan broke the time band in a great 100m IM.
In the afternoon, we had a number of 1st places for Gigi, Kittty, Rory V, Miko and Archie. Also, finally, Gigi broke a club record setting a new mark in the 200m free for 14 yr olds. Well done Gigi, a thoroughly deserved result.

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Carnegie So Long Meet, Sat May 2 @ Glenrothes

Posted by Portobello ASC on Monday, May 11, 2015,
A small group from top squad attended the Sat session of this Carnegie meet.
Top performance of the day was Ollie in the 1500m, where he took the gold medal and recorded a huge PB. Gigi won our other medal, taking bronze in the 200m IM ahead of a very large field of swimmers.
Kitty also had a good day, breaking two club records for 16 yr olds in the 400m free and 200m back.

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Dumfries Spring Splash - Apr 25&26 @ Bellshill

Posted by Portobello ASC on Tuesday, April 28, 2015,
Most of the Intermediate squad attended this West District meet, and we all traveled together on a minibus (thanks to Megan B for the music!). The majority of the swims were PBs and every single swimmer recorded some new best times. Meagan recorded an exceptional time in the 50m free (fastest time in Britain in her age group) and Niamh M secured two Bronze Squad times with two great back events.  Niamh P had her first every gala with Porty, swimming three events on the Sat.

We picked up...

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Carnegie So Long Meet, May3/4 @ Glenrothes

Posted by Portobello ASC on Wednesday, May 7, 2014,
A small group of swimmers travelled to Fife for the Carnegie So Long Meet. Rory and Ollie both gained fantastic 7 seconds PBs in their  200m freestyle events with Ollie's result placing him fourth  among the 13/14 boys and he put in another solid performance in the  1500m  taking 6 seconds off his seed time. Day one also saw  personal bests in the girls 400 freestyle with a 3 second improvement for  Gigi and 1.5 seconds off  for Anna. There were more  PBs on Sunday. Gigi cut 9 seconds off her...
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Midlothian Meet 26/27 April @ Prestonpans

Posted by Portobello ASC on Wednesday, May 7, 2014,
Porty swimmers put in some excellent performances at the Midlothian Spring  Meet at Prestonpans with a string of great PBs and a number of top six placings.     
There were medals for Gigi and Kitty who came second and third in their age group in the 100 IM and 100m fly, respectively. Gigi also took fourth place in the 100m freestyle and  was  one of four swimmers who won a top six place in their age group in the 200m breaststroke. Helen took fourth place in her event while Archie and Sophie ...

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East District Time Trials - Oct 5/6 @ Prestonpans

Posted by Portobello ASC on Monday, October 7, 2013,
A busy weekend for a number of our swimmers and we had some excellent performances as our most able swimmers sought entry times for this season's East District Age Group champs.

In total we achieved 33 consideration times across 63 swims so slightly better than 50% success rate. Ollie led the way, swimming beautifully and get 5 consideration times from 5 swims. Kitty also made 5 times, from 6 swims. Rory and Archie only swam the Saturday but had 100% success with 3 from 3. Poor  Zoe had...
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Coverdale Novice Trophy - Friday Sep 27 @ Haddington

Posted by Portobello ASC on Monday, October 7, 2013,
We were back at Haddington pool for the first round of this season's Coverdale Trophy. We had a good squad of swimmers with us, including quite a few competing in their first proper gala. Everyone performed really well, in fact so well that we scored the least number of points because so many swimmers swam faster that expected.

Our most productive stroke was breaststoke and the one where we scored least points was freestyle. Thomas was our highest individual points scorer and our bigges...
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Club Champs Round 1, Sun Sep 22 @ Porty Baths

Posted by Portobello ASC on Sunday, September 29, 2013,
We had the biggest turnout for a few years which was a great start to this year's club champs. And, lots of parents helping meant we got through the programme really well. A few new faces too in the water and it was great to see our new members participating. 

After the first round, the leaders in each age group are as follows;

Age Group

Girls

Boys

8-9

Meagan

Andrei

10-11

Emma

Hugh

12-13

H...


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Annual Morpeth Gala, Sun Sep 8 @ Morpeth

Posted by Portobello ASC on Thursday, September 12, 2013,
This year was the 'away' fixture so we all boarded the bus on Sunday morning and headed South. 32 swimmers, 4 coaches, 3 officials and half a dozen parents / supporters all made the trip to visit our friends in Morpeth. As usual, we had a picnic stop at Haggerston Castle and then some time in the park before the gala. The sun shone and we had a great time and most managed to stay dry during their time on the rowing boats.

The gala itself was fast and furious, 51 events (including 17 rel...
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Iain MacFadyen Meet - Sat Sep 7 @ Prestonpans

Posted by Portobello ASC on Wednesday, September 11, 2013,
Our first gala of the new season, we had 14 swimmers competing in this graded meet. Our leading medalists were Archie who managed a full set with a gold, a silver and two bronze and Ollie who collected two golds. Their brothers were also on the podium more than once with Rory C winning two silvers and Rory V a silver and a bronze. Mikolaj won two bronze medals and Sarah collected one in the fly.

We also had some fantastic PBs, the result of a lot of hard work in training. Emma F sliced...

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LDD Graded meet, Sat May 11 @ Prestonpans

Posted by Portobello ASC on Thursday, May 16, 2013,
We had half a dozen swimmers competing at the LDD gala this year. Kitty  produced our best result, breaking her own club record (14 yr olds) in the heats of the 100m fly and then winning gold in the final.

Gigi took 4th place in the 12/13 final of the 100m fly and set three new PBs, Sophie also had a 4th place in a final (12/13 100m breast) and set two new PBs. Ollie had a very good day, recording big PBs in all four of his events and Steven swam in his first external gala and made a bi...

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Hearts Novice Gala, Sun May 12 @ Musselburgh

Posted by Portobello ASC on Tuesday, May 14, 2013,
A fantastic day for our youngsters, we had 17 swimmers competing and every single one of them recorded at least one PB. And, there were medals galore from a number of our team. Archie led the way with 3 golds and a bronze from 4 events. Ella had a 100% record, winning 2 golds from two swims. Rory C also picked up two golds and Mikolaj got a gold and a bronze. Rory V collected a silver and a bronze with Niamh and Thomas R winning a bronze each.

Furthermore, four more swimmers - Meagan ...

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Coverdale Novice League, Friday Mar 22 @ Tranent

Posted by Portobello ASC on Monday, April 1, 2013,
The final round of this exciting event saw Porty field a full team
including several swimmers in their first ever gala. The time bands mean
that its sometimes hard to follow who has scored the most points but Ellie,
Grace, Marta and Julia all scored maximum points in an event. The relay
teams all did particularly well and the support on poolside from family and
friends was fantastic. We had several very good PBs from our regular
swimmers, biggest improvement was from Ellie in the 50m free. We...
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Portobello Mad March Meet, Sat 16- Sun 17 March @ Prestonpans

Posted by Portobello ASC on Monday, March 18, 2013,
The sixth Mad March Meet was the busiest ever with two packed programs across the weekend. We kicked off  on Sat with the 11 and unders with teams from across the District and beyond, they came from Dundee and Arbroath and even Dunoon to swim in our meet. 
 
In a high caliber gala we had a couple of medalists and some excellent personal swims on the Sat. Alfie collected our first medal of the weekend, with an excellent silver in the 50m breast. At the end of the morning, our boys 8/9 te...

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Lothian Leagues , Sat Mar 9 @ Prestonpans

Posted by Portobello ASC on Monday, March 18, 2013,
The first round of the 2013 Leagues kicked off at Prestonpans as usual. We had a dozen swimmers competing in the morning session. Almost every swim was a PB, with Megan B recording our biggest improvement by knocking over 5 secs of her previous best in the 100m IM. Top result of the morning session came from Alfie who won the 50m breast with an excellent swim.

The afternoon involved nine of our swimmers (8 girls and Ollie), with the biggest improvements coming from Ollie in the 200m fr...

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Coverdale Novice Gala, Fri Sep 28 @ Haddington

Posted by Portobello ASC on Monday, October 1, 2012,
This was a fantastic evening at Haddington if you like noisy, excited kids and passionate,yelling parents. Unlike last season where we struggled with numbers for the Coverdale meets, we had a full team for this event. A strong team too, in fact too strong as we scored less points then everyone else due to the number of our swimmers who went too fast for the timeband. No matter, we had some kids in their first ever gala and several more who had never competed against a number of other c...
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Haddington 100s on Sun Sep 23 @ Prestonpans

Posted by Portobello ASC on Monday, September 24, 2012,
We had around a dozen swimmers competing in the Haddington 100s meet, our first open competition of the season. And, our team performed very well led by two of the boys who both had an excellent day. Rory had three swims, won three golds and set three meet records. Harvey did almost as well, collecting 2 golds and setting 2 meet records. Our other gold of the day was won by Ciaran, who also collected a silver and a bronze.
 
Morgan picked up 3 bronze medals in three different strokes an...

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Morpeth Gala, Sun Sep 9 @ Portobello Baths

Posted by Portobello ASC on Monday, September 10, 2012,
Our annual meet with Morpeth was a very close competition with the final result being a small margin win for our visitors. We fielded a full team this year, other than a last minute withdrawl by Sam due to injury. Harvey did a great job of swimming in two age groups, covering individual and relay events. The Open boys category was a particularly high standard, as both Rory and Scott broke their own club records in 50m fly and 50m breast respectively and yet both finished as runner up i...

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CLUB CHAMPS Round 1, Sat Aug 25 @ Prestonpans

Posted by Portobello ASC on Wednesday, August 29, 2012,
CLUB CHAMPS round 1, Sat Aug 25 @ Prestonpans

We start the new season with the first round of our Club Champs and we had a good turn-out at Prestonpans. It was great to see new swimmers such as NIamh and the two Megans getting involved as well as young polo guys like Gregor. We managed to complete two third of the competition for all age groups except senior boys who will start at a later date. As they weren't swimming, Scott and Rory took over commentary and music duties and did a grea...

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Scottish Open National Champs, Jun 28 - Jul 1 @RCP

Posted by Portobello ASC on Monday, July 2, 2012,
The last meet of the season saw a handful of our swimmers competing in the National champs which included some of our Olympic team for 2012, most notably Hannah Miley who won a bunch of gold medals. The top competition in Scotland, we had one swimmer (Ciaran) who was a reserve for the 100m fly finals. Three more of our guys just missed the cut and would have been reserves if the meet had been in Tollcross rather than the RCP (due to there being 10 lanes instead of 8), so well done to R...

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Hearts Tri Meet time trial - Sun Jun 10 @ Drumbrae

Posted by Portobello ASC on Monday, June 11, 2012,
This was a final chance for some of our swimmers to chase Bronze squad times or simply record new times in longer events. Star performer was Gigi who smashed her target times in both the 200m back and breast, giving her four BS times. Morgan also set a BS in the 200m IM, after having set 3 PBs the day before at the Lothian Leagues. We had some excellent times in the 200m back, with Grace and Lucy making huge improvements. Sophie destoyed her PB in the
200m breast and both she and Kitty made h...

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Lothian Leagues Final round - Sat Jun 9 @ Prestonpans

Posted by Portobello ASC on Monday, June 11, 2012,
The last round of the Leagues produced lots of great swims, especially in the morning session. In fact, every single swimmer set a new PB so congrats to Ella, Rory C, Alfie, Daniel, Zoe, Sarah, Gigi, Morgan, Ollie, Archie + Rory V
and our new recruit Harvey. A load of great swims, biggest improvements were from Alfie, Rory V, Zoe and Sarah who
all broke their PB by over 2 secs and a special mention of Archie who sliced almost 6 secs off his back time.

The afternoon teams did very well, with bo...

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East District Open, Jun 2/3 @ RCP

Posted by Portobello ASC on Thursday, June 7, 2012,
So, the first full gala at newly rebuilt RCP produced some fab swims from Porty competitors. Iona, Ciaran and Rory all made finals in the Open events with Iona winning the B final in 50m breast, Rory achieving a GB entry time in the 50m fly and Ciaran slicing a second and a half off his already excellent PB in the100m free (and was a reserve for the finals). Furthermore, Rory won the under 17 100m fly event and Ciaran was 2nd in the under 17 free event.

Ellie swam several events acros...

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Carys Selected for the Scottish Under 15’s Girls Water Polo Squad

Posted by Portobello ASC on Friday, February 10, 2012,

Carys has been selected for the Scottish Under 15’s Girls Water Polo Squad. she will be playing in an Inter Regional Tournament against teams from all over the UK this week-end in Birmingham.

Congratulations and good luck from your swimming squad team mates.


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Hogarth Leads Scottish Schools Medal Haul

Posted by Portobello ASC on Friday, February 10, 2012,
Emma Hogarth (Hoagie) continued her strong season by securing for herself the number one spot in the country for the 12 yr old girls 50 free with a heat time of 30.99. Emma then went on to take the Scottish Schools Gold 50 free title with a final time of 31.11. This is a great result for her School (Danderhall) and Portobello ASC. Rory McKay took silver in the 100 Fly with a 1:02.74 only narrowly missing out on top spot by 0.39. John Macdonald collected a bronze for his 2:27.15 200 IM. ...
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Ciaran To Compete In London Olympic Pool

Posted by Portobello ASC on Friday, February 10, 2012,
Ciaran Mcgeever has been selected to represent Scotland (South/East) at the Sainsbury’s UK School Games in London from the 6th-9th of May. The Games have stupidly been placed during the Scottish exam period, so Ciaran will also be sitting one of his exams in London. We hope that this will not spoil his enjoyment of what will be a great experience for him. Ciaran will be competing in the London Olympic pool, perhaps he can set a pool record before all the Olympians get there. We wish C...
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Portobello ASC Promoted to Lothian Leagues Division 1

Posted by Portobello ASC on Thursday, February 9, 2012,
Congratulations to all the Porty swimmers who were in  attendendance at the Lothian Leagues Club Championships.
Portobello walked away with some great individual performances as well as Division 2 winning shield to boot, this will see us fight it out in the Top Division next year. Great effort from the whole team including our coaching staff who made it all possible.

Go Porty!!


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TRANENT XMAS GALA, Sat Dec 10 @ Prestonpans

Posted by Portobello ASC on Monday, December 12, 2011,
A fun day at Prestonpans, with judges wearing santa hats and lots of medals being won. We only had three swimmers in the morning but we had 17 competing in the afternoon - and, we had 5 coaches there in the afternoon which must be a record.

Ella and Gigi set the tone in the morning session, with Ella winning a full set of medals (Gold, Silver and Bronze) while Gigi won a Silver and 3 Bronze.

In the afternoon it was generally the older swimmers who won the most. JJ had an excellent sessio...

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EAST DISTRICTS CHAMPS, Dec 3/4 @ Glenrothes

Posted by Portobello ASC on Tuesday, December 6, 2011,
This was the 200m event weekend and we had a dozen swimmers who qualified (although a couple missed the meet due to injuries).
We had four different swimmers who made finals, which is an excellent achievement, and two (Rory and Iona) who collected medals. Well done to both of them, Rory had a fantastic last 50m in the fly moving up from 5th to 3rd in the final section of the race (and almost catching 2nd place too). Rory also made the back final, JJ had a great swim in the heats of the...

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HADDINGTON PRESIDENT'S MEET, Fri Dec 2 @ Haddington

Posted by Portobello ASC on Saturday, December 3, 2011,
As current holders, we took a full team (big thanks to Alfie and Robin for standing in at the eleventh hour) to Haddington. Its a strange event for spectators as there is no scoreboard  and the swimmers who finish first don't always win top points if they are too fast (outside the timeband). We were lying 4th (of 4 teams) after the first two events, third after the third event and second after the penultimate event. However, we couldn't sustain that improvement and slipped back to fini...

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CLUB TROPHIES, Sun Nov 27 @ Porty Pool

Posted by Portobello ASC on Saturday, December 3, 2011,
We had a good turn-out for this year's trophy events and a full compliment of officials to cover all five lanes. The Open events produced some excellent races, with the boys 100m breast and the girls 100m IM being the most exciting. Both of the 100m IM trophies were retained by last year's winners (Iona and John), as was the 100m fly for boys (Rory M). New winners were Nieve (100m back and fly) and JJ (100m breast, breaking a run of six years where the winners name began with S).

In the P...

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COVERDALE TROPHY, 25 Nov @ Porty Pool

Posted by Portobello ASC on Sunday, November 27, 2011,
We hosted this round of the Coverdale Novice trophy and the pool was filled with shouting and cheering as an exciting night of races took place. We had an undersized team as some swimmers weren't available which meant that we dropped a lot of points due to empty lanes. However, the swimmers who were there did really well and some picked up a lot of points for the team, especially Olivia (32 points), Ella (23 points), Rory C (21 points) and Ollie and Abbie M who both picked up 12 points...

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EDINBURGH SCHOOLS, 20 Nov @ Ainslie Park

Posted by Portobello ASC on Sunday, November 27, 2011,
26 Porty swimmers were competing in this year's Schools champs, representing their schools in individual and relay events. Our older boys led the way, with Ciaran, Rory and John all picking up 2 Golds each from two events. Iona and Emma both won a Gold and a Silver each and Scott and Nieve both won a Silver and a Bronze. JJ, Fi and Ellie all won Silver and Kathryn collected a bronze.

Benji helped his school team to relay Gold, John + Ciaran were half of the Portobello High team that...

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MITCHELL TROPHY, 12/13 Nov @ Inverness

Posted by Portobello ASC on Sunday, November 27, 2011,
A minibus with 7 swimmers, 2 officials and a coach set off on the Friday afternoon on our first ever trip to Inverness. An excellent weekend followed, with 5 sessions in two days and plenty of great swims.

The big story of the weekend was Golden Girl Gallacher - Ellie had a superb meet and picked up three Golds medals, an exceptional performance at a high calibre event. Iona picked up two fifth places (100m + 200m breast), securing a bronze squad time in the process. Nieve also made a b...

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LOTHIAN GRADED MEET, Sat Nov 12 @ Prestonpans

Posted by Portobello ASC on Sunday, November 27, 2011,
A really big squad attended the Lothian Graded meet this year and kept David and Sue very busy on poolside. Seventeen different swimmers made it to finals in at least one event, a truely excellent result - well done to them all;
Ben, four finals including a Silver and a Bronze; Fi, 4 finals producing 3 Golds and a Silver, Kitty, 3 finals including a Gold and a Bronze, Gigi and Thomas who both had 3 finals incling a Gold each, Anna C won 2 Golds, Laura won a Gold and a Bronze, Fi won a G...

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EAST DISTRICTS round 1, Nov 5/6 @ Glenrothes

Posted by Portobello ASC on Sunday, November 27, 2011,
This was the distance weekend and we had five swimmers competing at Glenrothes. We had some excellent PBs, especially in the 400m free (Emma, Nieve and Rory). Ciaran produced our first top six (and therefore our first point) in this season's EDAG champsby recording an excellent PB in the 1500m.

Well done.

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CLUB CHAMPS, Sun Oct 30 @ Porty Pool

Posted by Portobello ASC on Sunday, November 27, 2011,
The second round of the Club Champs were held at Porty pool and we had a good turnout of parents and friends cheering on the swimmers. After 11 or 12 events (depending on age), the trophy winners were decided;
9 + under - Ella Wood + Alfie Leishman
10/11 - Emma Hogarth + Ben Scott
12/13 - Anna Connelly/Rosanna Pollock (joint winners) + Stuart McBain
14/15 - Fi Corbett + Ciaran McGeever
16+  -  Louise McMahon + Rory Mackay
 
Well done to everyone and thanks to all the officials and helpers...

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Dunedin Challenge - 3/4 September @ FIPRE Glenrothes

Posted by Portobello ASC on Wednesday, October 5, 2011,
A very successful weekend for our swimmers: they all achieved PB times, and some gained medals.

Eilidh swam 2 PBs (200 free and 200 IM), as did Morgan  (50 free and 100 free), Laura (50 free and 50 back), Jenna (100 back and 100 breast) and Roseanna (50 free and 100 free).
Emma swam 3 PBs (50 free, 100 free and 200 back), and Anna 4 PBs (50 free, 200 free, 50 back and 100 IM).
The Slaters had a great weekend, with Gigi gaining 5 PBs (50 free, 100 free, 100 back, 50 fly and 100 fly) and Kitt...
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East of Scotland Squad

Posted by Portobello ASC on Wednesday, October 5, 2011,
Ciaran McGeever has been selected for the East of Scotland squad to compete in the British Gas National County Team Championships to be held in Sheffield on 16th October.  This is a prestigious Short Course event which matches the top age group swimmers in three age bands against some of the best in the UK. 

The competition is 100m in all strokes, with a 4x50m medley relay and a 6x50m Mixed Freestyle Relay with 2 boys and 2 girls from each age group.
  Ciaran will be swimming freestyle ...
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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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