Inverleith ASC
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Hope you have all enjoyed the holidays and are now ready to get back to work.  We had a good few swimmers achieving great PB's and medals last season, here's to loads more!  There will be various changes to swimming training times and venues as our main pool Leith Victoria will be closed for 6 months to be refurbished. 

Sessions start back from 29th July;

Monday - Ainslie Park and Glenogle
Tuesday - Glenogle and Leith Victoria
Thursday - Glenogle and RCP
Friday - Leith Victoria
Sunday - Leith Victoria

(no morning sessions)

Our last session at Leith will be on Friday 9th August


PREPNo session on Sunday 11 August or 22 September
Sunday Ainslie Park Leisure Centre 3pm - 4pm
Midweek sessions are as usual a choice of one of the following
Thursday Craigroyston  8.00pm - 9.00pm
Friday Portobello High School 7.30pm - 8.30pm
INTER 2No session on Sunday 11 August
Sunday Portobello High School 1.00pm - 2.00pm
Monday Glenogle Swim Centre 8.00pm - 9.30pm
Thursday Craigroyston  8.00pm - 9.30pm
Friday Portobello High School 8.00pm - 9.30pm
INTER 1 – No session on Sunday 11 August
Sunday Portobello High School 2.00pm - 3.30pm
Monday Glenogle Swim Centre 8.00pm - 9.30pm
Tuesday Glenogle Swim Centre 8.00pm - 9.30pm 
Thursday Glenogle Swim Centre  8.00pm - 9.30pm
Friday Portobello Swim Centre 7.00pm - 8.30pm
PERFORMANCE - No session on Sunday 11 August
Sunday Portobello High School 3.15pm – 4.45pm
Monday Ainslie Park Swim Centre 8.00pm - 9.30pm
Tuesday Glenogle Swim Centre 8.00pm - 9.30pm
Thursday RCP   Land training  7.30pm - 8.00pm Swim 8.00pm - 9.30pm
Friday Portobello Swim Centre 8.00pm - 9.45pm



  • University of Aberdeen LC Age Group Open Meet
    27 & 28.04.19

  • We had six swimmers who entered & were accepted for this LC Meet with 32 swims
    between them over the weekend. The Aberdeen Sports Village is a great venue & I
    know a lot of the swimmers enjoy competing here.
    Out of those swims the swimmers managed 22 LC PB’s & 1 equalled her LC PB.
    There was some very determind racing with good work on starts, turns & underwater
    work. In some of the swims the swimmers had never competed LC so this was a new
    experience for them & in most of the events their entered times were converted from
    SC & it makes a big difference actually swimming the event.
    Ben Gray was a second reserve for his 50 B/C & as we did not expect him to make a
    final we all left but as it turned out there were a few withdrawals, which were not
    announced, & he would have got a swim had we still been there. You live & learn.
    Very well done to Cara Bryce, Ben Gray, Emily McDonald, Lucy McDonald, Greig
    McVicar & Michael Skakle you had a great weekend of swimming. Many thanks to
    all the parents for getting them there, I think you had a good weekend too. I certainly
  • 2019 ‘IM’ TOUGH MEET
    (Swim West Lothian)
    17, 18 & 19.05.19

  • This is a great meet run over a Friday evening, for the distance swims, Saturday &
    Sunday at Bathgate Leisure Centre which is a super venue. It is also easy to get to
    which, to me, is very important.
    We had 5 swimmers accepted for the distance events. Ines Donald, Kate Gray, Rose
    Penman & Anna Perry all had the 800F/C & Michael Skakle the 1500F/C.
    Unfortunately Rose was unwell & couldn’t swim that evening but the rest all swam
    with 3 out of the 4 doing super PB’s. Both Anna & Kate took about 30secs off their
    800’s & Michael took a massive 1.5mins off his time in the 1500. For some of the
    swimmers this was the first time they had raced that event. Anna got the bronze medal
    in her age group & the rest all were 4
    , great results.
    Over the course of the weekend there were 55PB’s from Inverleith swimmers who
    had a great time. There are too many great swims to mention them all individually but
    it is so impressive to see our swimmers constantly improving & being willing to try
    different events. I am delighted that we have more swimmers than ever who are trying
    the longer events & the tough events. You won’t know if you are any good at an event
    until you try it, you might surprise yourself.
    It is fantastic to see the swimmers trying really hard to do the things in races that we
    coaches constantly nag them about in training, so well done to everyone who took
    part. Apologies if I have missed anyone, there were a lot of swimmers.
    Gold – Greig McVicar 400IM, 200IM
    Daniel Ritchie 400F/C, 200BR
    Joshua Drainer 100Fly
    Silver – Ines Donald 200IM
    Kate Gray 100BR
    Daniel Ritchie 100F/C, 100BR
    Michael Skakle 200Fly
    Greig McVicar 100BR,
    200F/C, 100B/C
    Bronze – Anna Perry 800F/C
    Joshua Drainer 400IM,
    Ines Donald 100Fly, 400IM
    Ben Gray 200B/C, 100Fly
    Sam Drainer 100F/C, 100Fly,
    Michael Skakle 200BR
    Felix Hale 100BR, 200F/C,
    Mahima Gannaboina 200Fly
    Fourth – Ines Donald 800F/C, 50Fly
    Kate Gray 800F/c
    Michael Skakle 1500F/C,
    Anna Perry 100Fly
    Emily McDonald 100BR
    Joshua Drainer 100F/C,
    Ben Gray 50B/C
    Sam Drainer 50B/C, 100B/C
    Sasha Hale 200BR
    Fifth – Sasha Hale 100BR
    Felix Hale 200BR
    Anna Perry 50F/C, 100F/C
    Ines Donald100F/C
    Emily McDonald 50BR
    Sixth – Anna Perry 50Fly
    Felix Hale 100Fly
    Ben Gray 100BR
    Sasha Hale 100F/C
    Emily McDonald 200BR
    Kerr Duncan 50F/C

Glasgow International Swim Meet
24, 25 & 26.05.19

We had 6 swimmers qualify for this meet which is a very busy competition with the
fastest qualifiers swimming in morning sessions & the rest in the afternoon. The
timing of the meet is difficult as lots of swimmers have just finished or nearly finished
exams & have not been able to train properly. Despite this our swimmers managed 5
LC PB’s which was great. Others were not too far off their times.
Cameron Alexander did a good 200IM swim taking 5secs off his LC PB, Scarlett
Donald & Kate Gray did good 50BR PB’s with Kate doing a second LC PB on her
100BR. Ines Donald also did a very brave 200Fly which she had never done LC
Well done to Cameron Alexander, Felix Hale, Ines Donald, Scarlett Donald, Kate Gray & Lucy McDonald for qualifying.

7, 8 & 9th June
ELST Distance Meet 

We had three swimmers on Friday evening entering the 800 free, all making good PB's.  Lucy getting Bronze.  Saturday am saw Angela Bryce poolside with 6 swimmers, Michael got Gold and Ben Bronze for their 800 free swims.
The rest of the weekend was great with many Pb's, well done swimmers.


22ND – 23RD June, 2019
Congratulations to all the swimmers who were accepted for this meet. Unfortunately we had a big number of call-offs for various reasons so our swimmer numbers were drastically reduced. We did, however, have some super swims from the swimmers who were able to take part.
We had a total of 20PB swims which is fantastic as by this stage in the term the swimmers are pretty shattered & just needing their holidays. I think the best swim was from Anna Perry who took 29secs off her 200Fly in the second last event of the weekend. Great swim Anna. Gabbie Glean also swam very well doing PB’s in all her events.
Results as follows:
Gold –    Kerr Duncan 100BR
Silver –   Felix Hale 100Fly
Bronze – Felix Hale 50BR
               Sasha Hale 50BR
               Daniel Main 100B/C
Fourth –  Lucy McDonald 100BR
               Michael Skakle 100BR, 200B/C
               Joshua Drainer 50Fly
               Alice Perry 100F/C, 50BR
Fifth –     Lucy McDonald 100F/C
               Alice Perry 50F/C
Sixth –    Kerr Duncan 50B/C
               Joshua Drainer 200BR
               Alice Perry 200BR, 200F/C
               Anna Perry 50BR, 200Fly
Well done everyone & thanks to parents who were timekeepers that weekend.

27TH – 30TH June, 2019
Congratulations to the following swimmers who all qualified for the above Open Meet: Felix Hale, Ines Donald, Lucy McDonald, Orla Kennedy, Scarlett Donald & Hana Tallentire who swims in Oman but swims for Inverleith when she is in this country.
The Meet was swum at the Sports Village in Aberdeen which is a super venue & the swimmers enjoy competing there. Over the four sessions we had 5 long course PB swims which is brilliant. Most of the swimmers times were converted from short course & the actual swimming is very different from a converted time.
 Orla Kennedy swam particularly well in both her events taking 7secs off her 400F/C swim & doing a PB in her 200Fly in which she had never swum long course before. Ines Donald also swam very well doing PB’s in her 200BR & 200Fly. Lucy McDonald had a good PB in her 400IM which is a tough event. Everyone else swam pretty close to their long course times & enjoyed the meet.
Well done.

11TH – 14TH July, 2019
Congratulations to Felix Hale, Greig McVicar & Hana Tallentire who were all invited to swim in the above Meet. The selections are based on Long Course times & your ranking in Scottish swimming within a certain time frame. We would also have had two other swimmers competing, Ines Donald & Cameron Alexander, but they were on holiday & unable to take part.
The swimmers swam very well with Felix & Greig both swimming PB’s. Felix swam 7 events making 4 finals, his 400IM which was a great swim was ‘heat declared winner’ (HDW) with Felix coming 6TH. He also PB’d in his 200B/C both in the heats & final which was a fantastic swim. Felix’s other swims were very close to his PB’s.
Greig PB’d in both his 50F/C & 100F/C. He was 1ST reserve for the final in the 50 but didn’t get a swim. Greig came 12Th in the 100. Hana swam just outside her entered time for the 50F/C.
Results as follows:
Felix Hale –        400IM 6TH
                           50F/C 12TH
                           200 B/C 6TH
                           100F/C 5TH
                           200IM 8TH
                           100B/C 8TH
Greig McVicar –  50F/C 9TH
                            100F/C 12TH
Hana Tallentire – 50F/C 16TH
Very well done to everyone.


One of our swim mums writes:

I recently discovered that Wright Sport will repair damaged competition suits and not just where the seam has split.  They repaired this tear in the leg of the suit after it got caught on a chair and ripped.  They charged £10 plus postage and we had the suit back within 4 days of sending it off.  I contacted them on Facebook and they responded immediately.  While it is not perfect, and technically no longer Fina approved, it is certainly wearable and absolutely worth the £13 it cost.



14/09/19        Tranent Timebanded Meet 

15/09/19        Haddington 100s

29/09/19        Iain Macfadyen Memorial Gala

5&6/10/19      Hearts Premier Meet

19&20/10/19  East District Time Trials

All information for these are on

You will receive emails from our Competition Secretary, Shona Skakel, inviting you to various competitions that Fiona has selected for you.  It is therefor up to you, the parents and the swimmers to decide which swims to enter for.  You may not get into the event you have chosen, this is because of different reasons.  The event may be a graded meet and you are too fast to enter, or there may have been too many entries for that event so they have to cut swimmers, it may be the faster swimmers who do not get to swim or the slower ones, this all depends on the rules of each meet.  All details of each meet are on Swim Scotland. (link above)

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