Silver medal a highlight of short-course finals

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A record five Morpeth Amateur Swimming Club members qualified for this year’s regional short-course championship at Sunderland Aquatic Centre.

The event sees the best swimmers from as far afield as South Yorkshire and Cumbria compete over a 25m format.

Unfortunately, due to other commitments, Katherine Mooney and Megan Watson were unable to compete.

The remaining three swimmers, all Year 10 pupils at King Edward VI School in Morpeth, had a successful competition.

For James Wells, 14, this was his first taste of competitive swimming at this level.

Lauren Howe, 15, won a bronze medal in the 50m backstroke, recording a personal best of 32:07. She also competed in the 50m freestyle, registering a time of 28:59.

James competed in the 50m butterfly in a time of 31:00, finishing in 16th place overall. In the 50m freestyle, he recorded a second personal best of 27:37 and finished in 13th place.

Hannah Seymour, 14, won silver in the 100m backstroke with a time of 1:06:96 and came fourth in both the 50m backstroke (30:64) and 50m butterfly (30:62). She also competed in the 200m backstroke (10th), 100m butterfly (12th) and 200m individual medley (14th).

Her 50m backstroke time qualifies her for the national short-course championships later this month.