Red army successful in their regional final

The Morpeth Swimming Club Diddy League team.
The Morpeth Swimming Club Diddy League team.
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A GROUP of youngsters from Morpeth Amateur Swimming Club did themselves proud in the final of the Northumberland and Durham Junior Swimming League, better known as the Diddy League.

The event, held at Tynemouth pool, was the climax of four months of competition for the nine to 12-year-olds, during which 33 swimmers had competed in three heats to qualify for the final.

It was a very smart affair for the 25 representing the club on the day as they were wearing their specially-commissioned red T-shirts, complemented by striped Where’s Wally socks and red glittery hats – there were prizes at stake for the best-dressed team as well as for swimming prowess.

Competing in division three for their very first season in the league, the team did well not only to reach the final, but to finish in third place overall behind champions Hartlepool.

An enthusiastic set of supporters accompanied the team and cheered them on to some notable successes, with wins for the 10-year-old girls in both medley and freestyle relays.

The 12-year-old girls managed a similar double first in their relays, while there were individual victories for Megan Watson in 10-year-old freestyle, Hannah Eke in 10-year-old breaststroke and Mark Booth, who won both the 11-year-old breaststroke and 12-year-old breaststroke races.

A number of other strong swims secured second and third places in various races to contribute points towards the team success.

Head Coach Jenny Glossop said: “It was a great day for the club’s junior members and the whole team swam their (stripy) socks off to get this encouraging result in their first season in the league.”