Medal success for young swimmers in opening competition of the year

ELEVEN swimmers from Morpeth Amateur Swimming Club made a splash at the first gala of the year in the Louisa Centre, Stanley, hosted by Newburn Amateur Swimming Club.

The impressive medal haul included 13 golds, 10 silvers and eight bronzes.

Competing in her first gala for the club, 10-year-old Grace Coffey impressed with her mature attitude at the poolside and achieved personal-best times in two of her three races.

Izzy Hull (nine) was very pleased to take sixth place in the 50m freestyle, for which she received a medal, as well as two personal-best times.

Another nine-year-old, Niamh Atchison, can be very pleased with her efforts as she achieved Northumberland and Durham Swimming Association County final times in all five of her events – winning two gold medals (50m and 200m freestyle), one silver and two bronzes.

Katherine Mooney (10) competed in four races over the weekend and won two golds (50m freestyle, 50m butterfly), a silver (100m backstroke) and a bronze (100m freestyle) and qualified for county finals in two of these events.

Hannah Eke (10) achieved personal-best times in three of her races and Holly Peck (11) swam extremely well to take 14 seconds off her 200m breaststroke time.

The only boy representing Morpeth over the weekend, Daniel Dixon, was disappointed to slip on one of his turns and thus miss out on a county time for 400m freestyle, but he still won a bronze medal.

He had better success in the 100m freestyle (gold and county time), 50m backstroke (gold and county time), 200m individual medley (silver and county time) and a bronze in the final event of the weekend, 200m freestyle.

Twin sisters Hannah and Kate Seymour (12) had a fantastic weekend in the pool.

Hannah got off to a great start, winning Morpeth’s first gold in the 400m freestyle. However, after miscounting the number of lengths she had to swim she was bitterly disappointed to miss out on achieving her county time.

She won a further two golds (200m backstroke, 400m individual medley) and in the process qualified for the North East regional finals to be held later this year in Leeds and Sheffield. She also took away a silver in the 200m freestyle.

Kate was pleased to take home two golds (100m breaststroke, 200m butterfly) and five silvers as well as four county times.

Two swimmers who had only recently turned 13, Erin Atchison and Jessica Watson, did well to share in the medal success.

Despite recent illness, Erin took home three bronze medals (50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke).

Jessica took home two golds (50m breaststroke, 50m butterfly) and silver in the 100m freestyle. She also qualified for the Northumberland and Durham finals to be held in February in the butterfly.