YOUNG swimmers have had a season to remember, with two qualifying for national finals and the their club excelling in the pool in the course fo major competitions.
After three wins in the qualifying heats for this year’s DIDDDY final, Tynemouth Amateur Swimming Club were hot favourites for the win at Tynemouth Pool.
Newcastle, Tynemouth, Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Stockton and Chester-le-Street amateur swimming clubs all fought for the coveted place in the regional final.
The biggest battle was between Tynemouth and Newcastle in the toughest final for a long time.
Tynemouth won three out of the first four races with the Female Cannon and Male + Female ten years relay with wins for Sophie Brandon and Kier Lillie.
Next success came in the 11 years front crawl team with Tynemouth winning both male and female races.
In the next ten events Tynemouth won five races thanks to Madeleine Brandon, Adam Wilson, Millie Leather and Eliot Snowdon.
After 36 races the points were tight: Tynemouth 168, Newcastle 167, Sunderland 114, Stockton 112 Chester-le-Street 96 and Middlesbrough 92.
Tynemouth were consistent in the final 14 events with five first places and three seconds.
The last race was the 8x25m front crawl Cannon.
After a great start they built on their lead with big swims through the ten and 11-year age groups, while their last two swimmers, 12-year-olds Alice Smith and Matthew Parry, were able to hold off Newcastle.
But in the end Tynemouth just missed out on the overall win with City of Newcastle taking the victory by six points, leaving the host club to collect the shield.
Tynemouth picked up a host of trophies, including the under-9, under-10 and under-11 age groups plus the Cannon Trophy.
The nine years age group was Harriet Lee, Eve Helm, Laura Cook, Eve Mullen, Caitlin Pang, Alfie Kelly, Brook Miller, Elijah Stannard, Adam Curry, Luke Thompson, Demi Tweddle and Ciaran Thomas.
The ten years group consisted of Sophie Brandon, Madeleine Brandon, Hannah Seymour, Julia Rogers, Jessica Duff, Kate Seymour, Laura King, Kier Lillie, Adam Wilson, James Fewster, Patrick Miller.
And the 11 years group was Sian Martin, Millie Leather, Ailish Gregory, Eleanor Preston, Andrew Kay, Eliot Snowdon, Vikram Nadkarni.
Club officials also thanked the 12 year team of Alice Smith, Sarah Wind, Eleanor McCabe, Aidan Pang and Matthew Parry.
n Elsewhere, Tynemouth is celebrating national success with both Rachel Helm and Laura Dawson qualifying for this month’s national finals.
Rachel, 13, a pupil at Burnside High School, has achieved a 13-year-old 100m breast stroke national time.
And due to her talent in the pool, she recently attended an overseas swim camp in Majorca.