The event list included 50m and 100m Freestyle, Breaststroke, Backstroke and Butterfly, as well as a 200m Freestyle and the team relays. Newcastle started the individual races well with Erin O’Meara finishing 1st in the 100m Individual Medley. The girls continued this success into the 100m Freestyle, won by Lara Sinclair-Banks. Lucy Clifford dominated the Breaststroke races, winning both the 50m and 100m events. The last women’s success of the morning was achieved by Hannah Slater, winning the 50m Backstroke.
The boys team had to wait a little longer for a win, but this was unexpectedly achieved by the boys Captain, Harvey Jones in the 100m Breaststroke. Although this is not Harvey’s usual event, the whole team was behind him as he beat the Durham’s boys captain. Despite racing 5 events for the team, Harvey also stole the win in the final individual event, the 50m Freestyle.
Newcastle had some fantastic swims from the whole team against a tough Durham side who have won the North East conference. However, Newcastle will still qualify for the National Final in Leicester on 18th March as one of the fastest second place teams. This will be the second time Newcastle qualify for the finals but the first time that they will attend having been unable to take part in 2022.
The team will be looking to improve on this performance at the upcoming Long Course BUCS in Sheffield this weekend (24-26th) with 11 girls competing across 16 events and 7 boys competing across 13 events. This will be an opportunity for the team to test themselves against the best in the country and race in our new swim caps organised and designed by our Kit Secretary Robbie Wright. The swimmers to watch will be Robbie Wright in the 50m Backstroke, the women’s 4x100 Freestyle team and Lucy Clifford in the 200m Breaststroke who will likely be up against Swedish Olympic swimmer Sophie Hansson.