CARNEGIE swimmer Ellie Turner won bronze as she and team-mate Greig Rowe starred in the pool for Scotland last weekend.

The talented teenagers were in Portugal to swim for Scotland’s Youth Development Squad in the 33rd International Porto Meet, which attracted a number of Portuguese teams and their own international junior squad, as well as clubs from the Czech Republic and Switzerland.

Both swimmers impressed as they contributed significantly to Scotland’s overall points total – which saw them win the best club award – with 13-year-old Turner earning an excellent bronze medal in the 200 metres backstroke on Saturday.

Improving her heat time by three seconds, the Woodmill High School pupil moved up the places to grab a place on the podium, finishing just 0.6 seconds away from second place.

That came after she had also qualified for the 50m backstroke, finishing seventh in the heats, while Rowe achieved a B final slot in the 100m breaststroke in between another two tough swims in the 50m butterfly and in the 200m individual medley.

Rowe improved from his heat to finish third in the 100m breaststroke B final.

Sunday morning saw Turner swim first in the 100m backstroke and she continued her good form from the previous day by again qualifying for the A final in fifth place.

Rowe reached the 200m breaststroke B final, with Turner qualifying for the B final of the 200m individual medley.

A third and second place, with improved times from their heats, was the result of the respective B finals for Rowe and Turner, who also finished eighth in the 100m backstroke A race after posting a similar time to her heat.

There was more good news for the duo as they, along with Carnegie team-mates Morven Lister and para swimmer Ollie Carter, have been invited to the British Summer Championships in Sheffield.

The event, which will take place from July 25-30 at Ponds Forge in Sheffield, aims to increase and support junior swimmers on their journey towards senior medal-winning performance, and offer more athletes across the home nations an opportunity to compete at one of the end-of-season events.

In addition, 16 of the club’s swimmers have been selected to take part in the Scottish Summer Meet from July 7-9 in Edinburgh.

Rowe, Turner and Lister will be joined by Callum Hillis, Kieran Rafferty, Gregor Chalmers, Fraser Beeby, Ruairidh Lawless, Freya Bisht, Rebecca Braid, Neave Davidson, Jessica McKee, Levi Wilson, Eilidh Lister, Joanna Rae and Eilidh Collyer in competing at the Royal Commonwealth Pool, and Carnegie head coach Morag Mitchell said: “At the start of the season, we get our swimmers to set achievement goals. Then it is all about putting in the hard work and commitment in the search for these goals.

“With 16 of our performance squad achieving entry to the Scottish Summer Meet, this is just reward for their hard work during the season. Morven, Ellie, Greig and Ollie have certainly risen to the challenge this season and in qualifying for the British Summer Championships, they have now earned the right to compete with the best of the best in UK age group swimming.”