WEST FIFE swimmers Ellie Turner and Emma Russell enjoyed a Swiss roll of honour as they bagged gold and silver medals at a prestigious meet.

The Woodmill High School duo, alongside former Carnegie Swimming Club competitor Ollie Carter, travelled to Switzerland to compete in the Geneva International Challenge at the weekend.

The meet, which was held for the 52nd time, brought together some of Europe's top junior swimmers and Carnegie member Ellie, Heart of Midlothian Swimming Club's Emma, and Ollie were all selected in the 21-strong Scottish Swimming squad.

Carnegie coach Morag Mitchell was among the coaching team that travelled to the competition, which plays a significant role in Scottish Swimming's development of their top juniors, and both Ellie and Emma claimed two podium places apiece.

Ellie, 16, was in action in six events – the 50 metres, 100m and 200m backstroke, the 50m and 100m freestyle, and the 100m butterfly – and emerged with a superb gold in the 100m backstroke, and a silver in the 200m.

In the latter event, she qualified for the final in a time of 2:22.26 but, thanks to an improved time of 2:19.41, she bagged second place behind fellow Scot Ellis Shiels, who took victory in 2:18.67.

Turner then reached her second final of the meet in the 100m backstroke and, in one of her favoured events, stormed to top spot in the heats with a time of 1:05.16.

That was bettered once more in the final where, in 1:04.50, she touched home in first place to claim her first gold medal while representing her country.

Her achievements in the pool were matched by Emma, 16, who also returned home with a gold and a silver gong.

She also competed in six events – the 50m, 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle, and the 50m and 100m butterfly – and reached three finals, one of which was the B final in the 50m freestyle, in which she placed second in 26.86.

The 100m and 200m freestyle events proved even more successful, however, with medals arriving in both.

After reaching the 100m final with the second-quickest qualifying time of 58.00, Russell bettered it in the final by posting 57.64 to secure a silver medal, which was added to in the 200m.

Having once more finished second in her heat (2:07.24), she produced a superb swim of 2:05.92 in the final to win an excellent gold medal.

There was, however, to be no medal for para-swimmer Carter, who competed in the 50m, 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle, the 100m butterfly and the 200m medley.