Dolphins take Sunderland pool by storm

ALNWICK Dolphins Swimming Club were well represented at the Northumberland and Durham County Championships on March 17 and 18, at the 50m pool at Sunderland Aquatic Centre.

Swimmers performed exceptionally well, earning the club a total of five golds, four silvers, three bronzes, nine finalists and 24 top ten swims.

The club finished 10th out of more than 20 clubs across the North East and was one of the county’s top smaller clubs.

The county positions of the top swimmers based on their best four swims across four different categories were:

Ben Kelly (11) sixth, Anna Davison (11) sixth, Jake Cross (10) seventh, Kate MacPhee (12) seventh, Ben Saxon (10) eighth.

There were a record number of swimmers who met the qualifying times, 16 in total, producing 120 personal best times.

Best individual swims were:

Jake Cross: 1, 400 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 50 freestyle. Ben Kelly: 1, 200 freestyle. Benjamin Gillingham: 1, 50 breaststroke. Anna Davison: 2, 200 breaststroke. Kate MacPhee: 4, 200 individual medley. Fiona Robson: 4, 200 fly. Ben Saxon: 5, 200 fly. Kieran Vickers: 8, 200 breaststroke. Edris Ramezanpour: 9, 400 individual medley. Jessica McNickle: 9,100 fly. Sam Cross: 9, 200 fly. Erin Hickman: 9, 200 breaststroke. Eve Buddle: 10,100 fly. Lucy Hodgson: 11, 200 breaststroke. Jack Mossman: 15, 200 breaststroke. Layla Shafiq: 15, 200 breaststroke.

l Last week, the Gazette described Alix Eastham, who won the Junior Female accolade at the Alnwick and District Sports Council Annual Awards Night, as a former Alnwick Dolphin.

She is, in fact, still an active member of the club and is coached there, as well as in Eyemouth. The Gazette apologises for the error.