I will post the times for these trials later in this coaches report suffice to say that the every swim was sensational.

We have been giving very challenging swim sets over an extended period prior to this competition which has been tough for all the swimmers in the team. Despite a few moans and groans everyone has taken the tough sets on board and in my view are just about where I would want them to be.

Coaching is not an exact science as every single swimmer has different needs and aspirations so it’s only over a good number of years I have learnt to tackle each swimmer differently. I do qualify this by saying that the harder you work on these tough sets then the easier it is to maintain top gear for longer in your swims delaying the onset of lactic acid.

This day was spectacular from start to finish and, so much so that we were given a mention by the announcer who mentioned the fabulous swims by Scorpions during the sessions. Four club records were set Ellie, in the 200 free, Kara, in the 200 free and 200 breast and last but not least Jasper in the 400 free.

It’s a combination of hard graft, belief, team effort and talent that made this time trial a “coming of age “ event as far as the Team is concerned rising to the challenge and producing at an East District event.

Special mentions though to the newer members of the team namely Rowan and Natalia who swam brilliant in their 200 free. Considering this was only their second competition to produce the 200 free swims times posted was a remarkable achievement. Suffice to say congratulations go to all 9 team members who took part to make this day a day we will not forget in a very long time.

We are by no means the finished article and there are a good number of areas to improve on. The work we have been doing on starts has proved invaluable as we are up and in the fight against other clubs past the first set of flags which is what I really wanted. Much work is still to be done on our turns however, if we can all match Katy Young on her underwater phases on free and breast then we will be heading in the right direction.


  • 200 Free ELLIE 2.46.53. PB 19.87 Sec CLUB RECORD
  • 200 Free DARCEY 2.58.37. PB 25.18 Sec
  • 200 Free NATALIA 2.58.52.
  • 200 Free CAMBELLE 2.58.64. PB 33.38 Sec
  • 200 Free EMMA 3.05.96. PB 23.36 Sec
  • 200 Free ROWAN 3.06.40
  • 200 Free KARA 2.40.79. PB 18.67 Sec CLUB RECORD
  • 200 Free KATY 2.54.32. PB 28.23 Sec
  • 200 Free JASPER 2.25.00. PB 9.85 Sec
  • 200 Free ELLIOT 2.25.16. PB 10.28 Sec
  • 400 Free JASPER 5.15.15. CLUB RECORD
  • 200 Breast KARA 3.16.84. PB 18.34 CLUB RECORD
  • 200 Breast KATY 3.26.85. PB 12.25 Sec
  • 200 Back ELLIE 2.59.70.
  • 200 Back DARCEY 3.14.63.
  • 200 Back EMMA 3.18.47. PB 37.43 Sec


There will be other swimming events coming up so the moral of the story is to keep training hard at the tougher swim sets as they are designed to get you smashing those personal bests. I cannot be more proud of the whole team who swam at this one as it is so pleasant to have other coaches telling you that you are producing some cracking swimmers.

As well as the decreasing swim and rest sets which are essential we will be focusing on turns and how to stay underwater longer past the flags without slowing down. I will also be looking at backstroke in more depth especially arm paths so that you can increase your speed dramatically without looking as if you are struggling at all.

So that’s all for just now and a big thanks to all of you for getting our small team recognized as being a major force. Long may this continue and I shall look forward to seeing you all for some hard training sets over the coming weeks. You know it makes sense lol.

Colin Galbraith Head coach Scorpion Swim Team


Lothian time trial 23rd October 2021


  • Before going through the afternoon session with comments here are the results :-


  • ELLIE 400 FREE. 6.07.04
  • EMMA 100 BREAST. 1.51.80
  • KARA 100 BREAST. 1.33.35
  • KATY 100 BREAST. 1.36.20
  • ELLIE 100 FREE. 1.18.12
  • EMMA 100 FREE. 1.26.28
  • ROWAN 100 FREE. 1.30.23
  • ALICE 100 FREE. 1.25.30
  • KARA 100 FREE. 1.11.04
  • KATY 100 FREE. 1.17.23
  • ELIZA 100 FREE. 1.39.50
  • JASPER 100. FREE. 1.04.01
  • There were some fantastic swims at this afternoon event not least of which were two new club records set by Ellie in the 400 Fresstyle and 100 Freestyle.
  • Two new recruits to the club Eliza and Rowan smashed their personal bests out of sight. Both these swims showed what can be done with a little bit of confidence.
  • Kara and Katy swam brilliant times as did Alice and Emma.
  • In Emma’s case it’s just that last 25 as she was heading for a super time but her goggles filled with water (maybe ask Dad or Mum for a new pair? or! Ben can mend in the repair shop lol).
  • Kara posted a new personal best on 100 free despite just having returned from holiday late the previous day and she admitted before swimming she was tired so really remarkable.
  • By no means least saving the best to last (Jaspers words not mine) he had to wait all afternoon for his freestyle swim but it was well worth the wait he smashed his 1.06 time and had it not been for a bit of a messy touch at the end it would have been 1.03.

The stamina sets are working of that there is no doubt however our starts are still a half body down particularly on breaststroke so we will be working on that in training. Some of the turns on the swims were showing signs of improving which is always encouraging.
I must admit tapering a week before is always a bit nerve wracking for a coach but as we had put in some hard graft it worked out just fine.

So to all the swimmers who took to the water in this time trial a huge vote of thanks and keep up the hard work.