COUNTY swimmers won more than 40 medals at the final round of the East District Championships at the Royal Commonwealth Pool, Edinburgh, at the weekend.
Swimmers from East Lothian Swim Team – representing the Haddington, Musselburgh and Tranent clubs – excelled, with Tranent’s Stefan Krawiec the star once more as he claimed eight gold medals and broke three Scottish National Age Group records.
The 11-year-old smashed previous best times in the 200m individual medley (IM), 50m backstroke and 100m butterfly to add to his haul of age group records.
He was also named best boy for his age group, while Haddington’s Edward Alsop won the corresponding award for his age category.
Krawiec won the Andrew Taylor Memorial Trophy as best swimmer and his coach William Suayngam was awarded the Bobby Greenlees Memorial Trophy – for the coach of the Andrew Taylor winner – for the third consecutive year.
The 200m IM on Friday saw East Lothian swimmers collect seven medals.
Krawiec, Musselburgh’s Luke Hornsey and Tranent’s Calum Peebles took gold, silver and bronze respectively – Krawiec finishing in record-breaking time.
Louisa Stoddart picked up her first medal with a silver in the 13-years’ final and Aidan Ballantyne won bronze in the boys’ 14 years, with Alsop claiming bronze in the boys’ 16-years event.
Bridget Lemasurier completed the first day of racing with silver in the girls’ 16-years final.
On Saturday, Krawiec took gold in the 11/12-year-old 50m breaststroke, the Windygoul Primary School pupil going on to win golds in the 100m backstroke, 50m butterfly and 100m freestyle.
Stoddart won bronze in the 13-years’ 50m breaststroke and gold in the 50m butterfly, while in the 16-years’ 50m breaststroke Lemasurier was atop the podium, Christen Russell taking bronze.
Hornsey picked up silvers in the 50m butteerfly, 100m freestyle and 100m backstroke won by Krawiec, in which Peebles was third.
There were bronzes for Sean Craigmile in the 15-years’ 100m backstroke and 100m freestyle and Grace Courtney took silver in the 11/12-year-old 50m butterfly, while Iona Wilson took bronze in the 14-years’ 50m butterfly.
A second medal for Ballantyne came next as he won bronze in the 14-years’ 100m freestyle, and Meagan Porteous finished runner-up in the 13-years’ 100m freestyle.
The evening was finished off with a fine swim from the Tranent quartet of Krawiec, Peebles, Harvey Orr and Findlay Brown, who clinched bronze in the 11/12-years’ 4x50m freestyle relay.
On Sunday there were four more gold medals for Krawiec: in the 100m front crawl, 50m backstroke, 100m butterfly and 50m freestyle.
Hornsey added to his tally of silvers in the backstroke, butterfly and freestyle and the ELST medal rush continued as Ballantyne took 100m breaststroke bronze.
Lemasurier and Russell once again contested the 50m breaststroke final and again won gold and bronze medals respectively, as Stoddart continued her excellent form with a bronze medal in the same event at 13-years.
She then took gold in the 100m butterfly and the medals continued thanks to Wilson with bronze in the 14-years 100m butterfly.
Alsop won silver in the 16-years’ 100m butterfly final and Courtney also took silver in the 11/12-years’ 100m butterfly. There was another excellent display for Craigmile with bronze in the 15-years’ 50m backstroke.
The final individual event was the 50m freestyle, with Ballantyne and Craigmile taking one bronze each, while Porteous took gold in the 13-years.
And the Tranent relay team reunited for the 200m medlay relay and claimed a fine silver.
ELST head coach Bruce Halloran said: “To come away with 46 medals is a huge return. I’d like to say a massive thank you to all my fellow coaches from across East Lothian for making the weekend such an overwhelming success.”
He offered “huge congratulations” to Suayngam for his trophy.