Strong showing for club at two-day meet

There was a good turnout from Morpeth Amateur Swimming Club at the South Tyneside Spring Meet, with 16 swimmers competing over two days at Haven Point in South Shields.

In the first event of the meet, the 200m individual medley, Eve Smith (aged 13) and Hannah Eke (11) both took an impressive 10 seconds off their previous personal best (PB) times and Jessica Watson (14) took seven seconds off.

Hannah Seymour (13) won gold in her race.

Sam Tate (10) had a great morning, knocking 12 seconds off his previous PB in the 200m freestyle and over three seconds in the 50m backstroke.

The morning continued to bring success to Morpeth swimmers, with Megan Watson (11) winning silver in 50m butterfly, gold for Niamh Atchison (10) in the 200m breaststroke, bronze for Katherine Mooney (11) in the 100m backstroke and gold for Hannah Seymour in her 100m backstroke event.

Swimming for the first time in the 50m backstroke event, Angus Cummings (9) was delighted with his time of 50.67 seconds. His sister Lauren (12) was also pleased as she took over five seconds off her 100m backstroke time.

In the afternoon events, Niamh won a bronze medal in the 50m breaststroke, her elder sister Erin (14) achieved a PB in the same discipline and Jessica won bronze in her age group.

Hannah Seymour won silver in the 100m freestyle and Matthew Eke (16) just missed out on a medal after finishing fourth in his 100m breaststroke race with a one second PB.

The second day of competition saw another early start for the swimmers and Holly Peck swam a great 200m freestyle to take 12 seconds off her PB. Alice Teasdale (11) took off three seconds and Fay Smith (11) took off over 10 seconds in the same event.

In the girls 50m backstroke, Hannah Seymour was on form again and she took first place by more than 3.5 seconds from the swimmer in second. She won a further gold in her next race, the 100m butterfly.

In the first event of the afternoon, the 400m freestyle, Niamh won silver, Fay took almost 30 seconds off her PB and Hannah Seymour won gold in her race.

Despite having just swum the 400m freestyle, Niamh went on to take silver in her next event, the 50m freestyle.

In the 200m backstroke, Alice knocked five seconds off her PB and Hannah Seymour finished off an excellent weekend by winning her sixth gold of the gala by a margin of 16 seconds.