Gateshead and Wickham Summer Meet

Wear Valley Amateur Swimming Club was in action again at the Gateshead and Whickham Summer Meet held at Dunston Leisure Centre on the weekend of 13th to 15th July 2018. A total of 17 other North East swimming clubs were also competing. Wear Valley sent a squad of 13 swimmers and over the weekend, 7 gold medals, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals were won, 28 short course Personal Bests (PBs) gained and Wear Valley swam in 8 finals.

James Holliday swam six Personal Bests and won a gold in the 200m breaststroke, a bronze in the 200m Individual Medley (IM) and swam in the 50m breaststroke final. Emily Whitton swam 3 PBs in the 50m and 100m butterfly (Fly) and in the 50m backstroke. Sophie Liddell gained 4 PBs in the 50m freestyle, 50m breaststroke, 50m backstroke and swam a 7 second PB in the 100m freestyle. Ryan Baker swam in 2 events and gained places in the finals for both events. Ryan won a silver medal in the 50m freestyle and a bronze medal together with a PB in the 50m fly. Lauren Flint was delighted with her 2 PBs in the 50m freestyle and 50m backstroke.

Lily Mulholland gained a PB in the 50m breaststroke. Lucy Randall won medals together with PBs in both of her events. Lucy won a gold medal in the 50m freestyle and a silver in the 200m freestyle gaining a 13 second PB in this event. Jessica Maughan swam one event and won a gold in this event, the 50m fly gaining a 2 second PB in the final. Ella Sowerby swam PBs in the 100m backstroke and in the 200m freestyle. Oliver Sommerville had an excellent race in the 50m free and gained a 3 second PB. Madison Peveller continued her winning streak with 2 gold medals and PBs in both the 50m and 200m backstroke. Annabel Cooper won a silver medal in the 100m fly and a PB in the 50m breaststroke. Nic Cooper won 2 gold medals in the 200m breaststroke and 200 backstroke. Nic also gained a PB in the 200 backstroke and in the 50m breaststroke.

The gala had a great atmosphere and there were some fabulous swims by the Wear Valley team.