Dolphins notch up another season of successful swimming at all levels

The Alnwick Dolphins have had another success-packed season of swimming and achievements.

There are three levels of individual competition in the UK – county, the Northumberland and Durham (N&D) championships; regional, the North East Region (NER); and national.

Kate MacPhee, 14, specialising in 400m and 800m freestyle and 200m individual medley, successfully qualified for the NER Championships, qualifying for eight events, reaching four finals and obtaining a bronze medal in the 400 freestyle. She also qualified to enter the Scottish National Finals where she obtained sixth, eighth and 10th positions. She has been swimming in open-water events where she achieved a silver medal at the N&D finals and fourth in the NER finals.

Kate has been selected to train with the County Beacon squad with weekly training sessions at Sunderland Aquatic Centre and she has also made the Scottish Development Squad.

She will be representing Alnwick in the National Championships for 400m freestyle and at the National Open Water Championships.

Iain Rennie, 14, qualified for the NER championships in 200m and 400m freestyle and was positioned 13th and 10th in the National Scottish finals in the same events.

Iain’s achievements follow major leg surgery last year.

He has endured many hours of rehabilitation and time out of the pool to recover. He has put a huge effort in to his swimming.

Alnwick Dolphins members also competing in the N&D and NER championships were : Ben Kelly, 200m breaststroke; Amy Thorne, 100m and 200m backstroke; Edris Ramezanpour, 200m butterfly, 200m back and 400m freestyle; Samuel Cross, 50m and 200m freestyle and 10m butterfly; Harvey Coxon, 100m backstroke; Sadie Bryson, 100m and 200m butterfly; Kimberley Robson, 200m butterfly and 400m individual medley; Benji Gillingham, 100m and 200m freestyle; Eve Buddle, 400m individual medley; Jake Cross, 200m freestyle.; Kieran Vickers, 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke.

Lewis Bryson and Edris Ramezanpour swan at county and regional levels in the open-water swimming championship. Samuel MacPhee completed his first 1,000m open-water novice race this season. Rosie Murton and Emily Stenton competed in the N&D championships.