Following the first major swimming competition this season, the Alnwick Dolphins already have some swimmers at the top of their game.
The swim, based at Sheffield Aquatic Centre, was open to the top swimmers from Berwick down to Sheffield.
The course was an unusual set-up with two competitions going on simultaneously, one at each end of the 50m pool with a boom across the middle to give two 25m pools.
The team comprised Kimberley Robson (10), Lucy Hodgson (12), Kate MacPhee (14), Jake Cross (12) and Sam Cross (14). All train between six and 14 hours a week at Willowburn Leisure Centre.
All the team swam very well and achieved a personal best (pb), on nearly every swim.
Results: Lucy Hodgson, 12, is hoping to take this success forward to the regional long course championships in Sheffield in June next year. BR 100 and 200 pbs.
Kate MacPhee, 14, competing in juniors 14-15 years, FS 200, 400, seventh in juniors, fourth in age group, 800, eighth in juniors, second in age group. BR 50 sixth juniors second in age group 200 BR seventh juniors, fourth in age group 200IM. Pre-run for the Scottish Nationals in Edinburgh, December 13-15, selected this year for the Scottish youth development squad and is hoping to compete in the youth Celtic tri nations competition in Ireland.
Kimberly Robson, 10, competing in first NERs, despite her petite size is a power house with good technique. FS 200. Fly 100, seventh 200 fly (eighth lengths) third breaking three minutes for the first time IM 200 sixth, 400IM sixth.
Jake Cross,12, this year hoping to repeat last year’s achievement of top boy in age group for the county and his success of reaching the national championships. FS 100 FS second 200, first 400, first winning by over four seconds. IM 200 third 400; BR 200 seventh; BC 100, fourth, 200 fourth.
Sam Cross, Juniors 14-15. Now specialising in the shorter distances, has improved on last year’s success of one third place and is now aiming to make the nationals in August for the first time. FS 200 100 50, first, just outside national qualifying time. Fly 50, third; BC 50.
The boys swam in relays with Jake Power, Andrew Kane and Mitchell McCallum from Blyth Swimming Club for the newly-formed Team Northumberland (TN).
TN formed with Morpeth, Tyndale, Alnwick and Blyth to allow Northumberland swimmers to compete in team events, against the larger clubs.
The club and swimmers are looking forward to the county swimming championships in February/March when Alnwick are hoping to field a team of at least 25.