TALENTED teens Ellie Turner and Ollie Carter broke records and brought home medals after making a splash at the highlight of the Scottish swimming calendar.

The young duo were part of a small group of Carnegie Swimming Club members that travelled to Aberdeen on Thursday June 29 for the Scottish National Open Championships, which attracted some of the country’s biggest names, including Hannah Miley, Ross Murdoch and ex-Carnegie member Mark Szaranek.

The club’s junior members performed superbly in what was a predominantly senior meet with Woodmill High pupil Ellie, 13, and 17-year-old Ollie standing out.

Para-swimmer Carter, who last month won a bronze medal in the 400 metres while representing Scotland at the World Para Swimming World Series meet in Indianapolis, USA, reached the final of the men’s 100m freestyle multi-class and, on his way to fourth place, broke the S10 Scottish record with a time of 58.98 seconds.

His best performance of the weekend was saved for the following day, however, when he smashed a 25-year-old S10 Scottish record on his way to gold in the 400m freestyle, clocking a time of 4:32.56.

Carter added another medal to his impressive championship performance by winning bronze in the 200m individual medley (2:30.61) before rounding off a successful weekend by beating the 50m freestyle record twice, with his heat time of 27.43 bettered by clocking 27.34 to finish fifth in the final.

Meanwhile, Turner, who won 200m backstroke while swimming for Scotland’s Youth Development Squad in Portugal last month, started her weekend by qualifying for her first-ever Scottish senior final in the 400m individual medley, before following it with B final places in the 200m individual medley, 200m backstroke and 100m backstroke.

That, however, was just the start as she enjoyed a sensational maiden senior medal success in the 1500m freestyle, collecting bronze after a performance of strength and determination in a time of 17:39.77, which was 9.82 seconds clear of fourth place.

Not only did she take her place on the podium, Turner’s effort also saw her break a 10-year-old East District 14 years age group record by a whopping 16 seconds.

The rest of the Carnegie team – Rebecca Braid, Gregor Chalmers, Eilidh Collyer, Neave Davidson, Joanna Rae and Kieran Rafferty – all competed with the best of Scottish swimming and also performed to a high standard throughout the competition.

Meanwhile, former Carnegie swimmers Mark Szaranek and Craig McLean also enjoyed success at the meet, with the former bagging three gold and one bronze medal.

Szaranek, who competes for the University of Edinburgh, hit the top of the podium in the 400m individual medley, 4x100m freestyle and 4x100m medley relays and was third in the 200m backstroke, while University of Stirling’s McLean was second in the 200m freestyle, as well as fifth in the 100m backstroke and fourth in the 100m freestyle.

Turner and Carter – who along with Greig Rowe and Morven Lister will compete in the British Summer Championships in Sheffield later this month – will be part of a team of 16 Carnegie swimmers that will swim at the Scottish Summer Meet in Edinburgh this weekend.