REPORT:Derwentside and Peterlee New Year Meet 2020


First competition of the new year and also the last chance for attaining Northumberland and Durham County qualifying times.

On our return to the Louisa Centre after a year away, the swimmers were upbeat and the first few events showed that they had been working hard.  With many gaining personal best (PB) times it was in the girls 50 breaststroke when Jess Milburn swam her way to her first County qualifying time. Continuing throughout the morning the PB’s just kept on coming.  Moving into the afternoon session there were mixed results and in the 200 Breaststroke Jess again gained another qualifying time, making her my girl swimmer of the day.  Tom Goulden was my boy swimmer of the day, due to swimming 6 events and gaining 6 PB’s.

Sunday saw the majority of the swimmers gaining PB’s. With a notable swim by Hannah Paget swimming a great technical 100 Fly.  The girls 100 breaststroke brought big PB‘s improvements from Bea Wright, Holly Lawson-Ebbason and Maia Stovold.  Henry Stephenson was our only boy under 30 seconds in the 50 freestyle, others are hot on his heels.  Henry carried on with his success by gaining his county qualifying time in the 200 fly event at the start of the afternoon session. The session continued with the girls 50 backstroke and Rebbecca Allan managed to get exactly the same time as her PB!
Ethan Storey competed in the 100 backstroke and swam a amazing swim, which resulted in him making the County qualifying time.  The rest of the afternoon saw good swims from the boys Devrim Celikay (200BR), Elliott Bond, Lewis Richardson, Cole Reid (100FC).  The Girls in the 50 (Fly) – Robyn Clarke, Faye Brown, Kate Binningsley, Carman Gaish and with her last swim with our squad Elissa Smith.

So back to the pool and getting ready for the Counties.  Congratulations to all swimmers.

Coach Sue Thorpe.



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