Top times for club members at event

Morpeth Amateur Swimming Club's Northumberland and Durham 2014 qualifiers. Front row: Katherine Mooney, Niamh Atchison, Daniel Dixon, Richard Butterworth; Middle row: Jessica Watson, Hannah Seymour, Megan Watson, Mark Booth; Back row: Ethan Howe, Lauren Howe, Patrick Booth, Greg Parker. Missing from the photo are Amii Turnbull, Kate Seymour and  Ben Watson.
Morpeth Amateur Swimming Club's Northumberland and Durham 2014 qualifiers. Front row: Katherine Mooney, Niamh Atchison, Daniel Dixon, Richard Butterworth; Middle row: Jessica Watson, Hannah Seymour, Megan Watson, Mark Booth; Back row: Ethan Howe, Lauren Howe, Patrick Booth, Greg Parker. Missing from the photo are Amii Turnbull, Kate Seymour and Ben Watson.
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MORPETH Amateur Swimming Club had a very successful weekend at the annual Northumberland & Durham (N&D) sprint championships.

Fifteen of its swimmers had achieved qualifying times for the event at the Sunderland Aquatic Centre, which is record number for the club in recent years.

Between them, they swam in no less than 25 events and progressed to the finals in 10 of them.

Morpeth’s star performer of the weekend was 13-year-old Lauren Howe, who won her final in the 50m backstroke to become county champion for her age group.

She also made the final in both her other events – finishing third in the 50m freestyle and sixth in the 50m butterfly.

The youngest swimmers were in the nine-year-old races where Niamh Atchison, Richard Butterworth and Ben Watson all posted good times in their first appearances in the championships.

Niamh reached the finals in three different events (freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke), whilst Ben battled to sixth place in the butterfly final.

Other swimmers from the club to win through to finals in their events were Megan Watson (10 years 50m butterfly), Daniel Dixon (11 years 50m freestyle) and Hannah Seymour, who swam a fantastic heat to reach the final of the 12 years 50m butterfly.

Hannah’s twin sister Kate missed out on her final despite achieving a personal best time, as did Mark Booth (12 years 50m breaststroke) and Jess Watson (13 years 50m breaststroke).

Katherine Mooney represented the club in the 10 years 50m freestyle.

Two Morpeth swimmers had qualified for the open events (15 years and over) and both swam well.

Amii Turnbull (19) competed in both the freestyle and breaststroke races while Patrick Booth (15), swimming against many older and more experienced swimmers in the 50m breaststroke, was yet another club member to record a personal best time.

Two further final weekends for the N&D region are scheduled for March.