It has been a busy few months for swimmers at Morpeth ASC.
A number participated in the Borough of Stockton Swim Squad Gala, where the weekend got off to a great start for one of the club’s younger swimmers.
Nine-year-old Phoebe Bland won gold in her first three events – 50m backstroke with a time of 47:31, 50m freestyle (41:11) and 100m individual medley (IM) in 1:44:17.
In the 13 years IM competition, three Morpeth swimmers won medals, Katherine Mooney (bronze, 1:27:38), Hannah Eke (5th, 1:29:63) and Trinity Stanners (6th, 1:30:54).
Jessica Watson took gold in the 14 years 200 backstroke (3:14:31). Richard Butterworth (10 years) was another medallist, winning bronze in the 200m freestyle (3:51:79) and silver in the boys’ 100m IM (1:38:80).
Other medallists were Marcus Mather (13 years) in the 100m Breaststroke (4th, 1:44:96), 6th in 50m freestyle (37:56) and Trinity Stanners 6th in 100m freestyle (1:19:16).
Following this success, a small group from the club competed in the Last Chance Sunderland long course competition where Hannah Seymour finished in second place in the 14 years and under 100m Backstroke and first in the 50m Backstroke competitions.
Lauren Howe (15 years) recorded personal bests and finished second in the age group heats in 100m Backstroke and third in the 50m Backstroke.
Derwentside Charity Gala saw some notable performances from the team.
Jessica Watson (14 years) was the most successful Morpeth swimmer, collecting gold in the 100m Breaststroke, second in the 50m Breaststroke, fourth in the 100m Fly and sixth in the 50m Freestyle.
Niamh Atchison (10 years) won silver in the 100m Breaststroke and 100m Freestyle, a fourth in the 50m Freestyle and sixth in the 200m Freestyle. Her elder sister, Erin, was fourth in the 50m Breaststroke.
Other girls who competed and achieved top six placings in their events were Megan Watson (11 years), fifth in 50m Freestyle, Katherine Mooney (11 years), fifth in 100m Freestyle and Holy Peck (12 years), fifth in 200m Breaststroke.
The boys’ team, although fewer in number than the girls, also enjoyed success in the pool with Matthew Eke (16 years) winning gold in the 200m Breaststroke. Sam Tate (10 years) finished fifth in the 200m Freestyle and sixth in the 200m Individual Medley. Richard Butterworth (10 years) was fifth in the 100m Freestyle and sixth in 50m Freestyle. Daniel Dixon (13 years) finished in fourth in the 200m Backstroke and sixth in the 200m Freestyle.
In the final gala before the summer holidays, the Blyth Summer Sprint, there were some excellent swims from club members who won a good haul of medals between them.
In particular, Angus Cummings (9 years), one of the youngest competitors, won three gold medals in the 50m Backstroke, 50m Breaststroke and 50m Freestyle.
Fay Smith (11 years) won bronze in the 100m Individual Medley, Hannah Eke (12 years) won silver in her age group as did Lauren Howe (14 years).
In the boys’ 50m Backstroke there were some great swims with Ethan Howe and James Wells winning gold and silver respectively on the 14 years age group.
Mark Booth (13 years) came fourth, Richard Butterworth (11 years) came fifth and Sam Tate (10 years) came sixth in the same event.
In the girls’ 50m Butterfly, Alice Hudson (9 years) came fifth. Hannah Eke (12 years) won gold in the same event and Alice Teasdale won bronze with Rebekah Hudson coming fourth in their 11 year category.
In the boys’ 50m Breaststroke, Mark Booth (13 years) won gold as did Ethan Howe (14 years) and Jake Hewitt (10 years) won silver.
In the 50m Freestyle, Trinity Stanners (11 years) won bronze, Hannah Eke came fourth and Alice Teasdale fifth, and Eve Smith (14 years) also achieved fifth place in her age group.
In the boys’ 100m IM, Sam Tate and Jake Hewitt came fifth and sixth respectively in the 10-years-old event, and Richard Butterworth came fifth.
There was further success for the older boys in the 200m IM with Mark Booth winning silver in his event and Ethan Howe and James Wells again winning gold and silver.
In the 100m Backstroke, Alice Hudson won gold, Fay Smith won bronze, Trinity Stanners was fourth and Breeanne Moody fifth. Lauren Cumming (12 years) came fourth and Alice Teasdale sixth in their age group.
In the boys’ 50m Butterfly, Sam Tate came sixth while Richard Butterworth was sixth and Mark Booth fourth in their age groups.
There was a switch of fortunes in the same event for Wells and Howe with the former winning gold this time and Howe taking silver.
In the 50m Breaststroke, Fay Smith won bronze and Trinity Stanners came fifth, Hannah Eke won silver as did Lauren Howe with Eve Smith (14 years) coming in sixth place.
In the last event of the weekend, the 50m Freestyle, Wells won his second gold of the meet and Howe his second silver. Sam Tate and Richard Butterworth also took home silver medals in their age groups and Mark Booth finished in fifth.