TASC Club Championships 2022
25 Jun 2022
AFTER an absence of more than two years thanks to Covid, Tynemouth’s annual club championships came back with a bang with a huge number of the club’s swimmers getting in on the action, some experiencing their first taste of competition in front of cheering parents and friends.
With categories ranging from 8 and under to 16 and over, and individual age groups in between - all based on age at end of year - more than 80 swimmers won medals after racing across all four strokes, plus a medley for those aged nine-plus, over different lengths depending on age.
And with points awarded for finishing from 1st (6 points) to 6th (1 point) place for the different qualifying events, the overall points winners in each category also received a fabulous trophy and the prestigious title of club champion!
In the eight years and under category, Harriet Newport (8) secured a clean sweep with four gold medals from the 25m breaststroke, butterfly, backstroke and freestyle to storm to the title of girls 8 years and under champion. Elsewhere among the girls, Lucia Beach (8) won two silvers, Neve Boardman (8) a silver and a bronze, Hope Anderson (7) a silver, and Victoria Szczypka (8) three bronzes.
Zachary Cowens (8) is the new boys 8 years and under champion after winning three golds with victories in the 25m fly, back and free. Quinn Morgan (8) won gold in the 25m breast plus another silver, Owain Middis (8) won a silver and two bronzes, James Reekie (8) and Matthew Hale (8) both won a silver apiece, and Owen Dugdale (8) and James Ohl (8) both secured a bronze each.
The nine years age group saw Betsy Blaney lift the trophy, with golds in both the 100IM and 50m back, plus three silvers. Willow Anderson won three golds in the 50m free, breast and fly, plus a silver, Rosie Sykes a silver and a bronze, Annabelle Hall two bronzes, and Isobel Nunn a bronze.
Gabriel Rennison-Rae is the new boys nine years club champion thanks to a full house of golds from all five events, the 100IM plus 50m free, breast, fly and back. Elsewhere, Cameron Massie took four silvers, and Oscar Valentine-Beech and Angus Munnoch a bronze each.
Swimmers nine and over could opt to swim 25m lengths instead, although without earning points towards their respective age group tally. For the nine-year-old girls, Emily Davies and Sophia Boneva both won a silver each, while among the boys Angus Munnoch added a gold from the 25m breast plus a silver, Jude Purvis won a silver while Fraser Molyneux won a bronze.
The new girls 10 years club champion is Millie Torre with golds in the 50m free and back, plus three silvers, pipping Anja Schrocksnadel to the title after her two golds in the 100Im and 50m fly plus two silvers. Isobel Johnson won gold in the 50m breast, Hannah Fraser won two bronzes while Sophie Harrison and Iris Moir both won a bronze apiece. Isla Gibson also took two golds over 25m, in the back and free, as did Penny Joyce in the 25m breast and fly plus two bronzes.
Mason Sainthouse was another taking a clean sweep of five golds on his way to becoming the boys 10 years club champion, with Oscar North securing two silvers and two bronzes, Samuel Brown two silvers and a bronze, and Sebastian French a silver and two bronzes.
Abby Coventry stormed to the girls 11 years title with another five-gold haul, coming out on top in the 100IM plus 100m breast, back, fly and free. Sophia Anderson took three silvers, Jennifer Garside took a silver and two bronzes, Francesca Moir a silver and bronze, with Hannah Mather and Emily Farnsworth both taking a bronze apiece.
It was a much closer race to become the boys 11 years club champion, Hari Diddee’s two golds in the 100IM and 100m breast plus three silvers just enough to secure the title ahead of Thomas Northey, who won three golds in the 100m back, fly and free plus one silver. Harry Ripley also won a silver and two bronze medals, and Noah McCulloch two bronzes.
The girls 12-year-old club champion is Hannah Gray thanks to golds in the 100IM, 100m back and fly, plus two silvers. Annabel Cowens won two golds in the 100m breast and free, plus a silver and two bronzes, while Sophie Robson took home two silvers and three bronzes.
The new boys 12 years champion is James Fraser, with four golds in the 100IM, 100m breast, back and fly, plus a bronze. Will Sproats won gold in the 100m free and a silver, while Nathan Huggan won three silvers and Dylan Houghton a bronze.
It was too close to call in the race for the girls 13 years club champion title – so close there are TWO winners, Anna Johnson and Katy Otterson sharing the trophy and accolades. Katy won three golds with victories in the 200IM, 100m fly and free plus a silver and bronze, while Anna won two golds in the 100m back and breast plus three silvers. Annie Harrison also secured a silver and four bronzes.
Daniel Payton is the boys 13-year-old club champion following his golds in the 100m fly and free, plus two silvers. Aidan Turner won two golds in the 200IM and 100m back, while Kajetan Guzikiewicz won gold in the 100m breast, one silver and two bronzes. Adam Meikle won a silver and bronze, Tsz Kin Wu a silver and Jonathan Ward a bronze - while over 25m, Leon Burn won gold in the back and free plus a silver.
In the 14 years age group, Beth Richardson became the new club champion thanks to golds in the 200IM, and 100m breast, back and fly, plus silver in the 100m free. Ruby Dann won gold in the 100m free plus a silver and two bronzes, Molly Young secured two silvers and a bronze, Olivia Willis one silver and a bronze, and Isobel Cuthbert one bronze.
For the boys, Jai Diddee secured two golds in the 200IM and 100m breast, plus three silvers, on his way to the boys 14 years trophy. Toby Ross won two golds in the 100m back and free, while Jake Thompson won gold in the 100m fly plus a gold and three bronzes.
There was another clean sweep in the 15 years age group, Katie Coventry with a high five from the 200IM and 100m breast, back, fly and free to become girls club champion. Isobel Munnoch won four silvers and a bronze while Rosa Philips won a silver and three bronzes.
Jack Kelso is the boys 15-year-old champion with four golds from the 200IM and 100m breast, fly and free, plus a silver. Max Hartis won gold in the 100m back plus three silvers and a bronze, George Turner won a silver and bronze while Thomas Connell won three bronzes.
The new 16 years and over club champion is Katie Stobbs thanks to her four golds in the 200IM, and 100m breast, fly and free, while Charlotte Payton won gold in the 100m back plus three silvers.
Ben Hartridge (16) secured the boys 16 and over title with a gold from the 200IM plus three silvers and a bronze. Jack Ashurst (18) took three golds, winning the 100m breast, fly and free, plus a silver, James Hayes (18) won gold in the 100m back, Joseph Chandler (16) won a silver, Matthew Chandler (16) won two bronzes while Roman Viereckl (17) and Matt Stewart (16) both won a bronze apiece.
The club would like to thank all the volunteers and officials who worked so hard on the day and over the weeks beforehand, to make sure the event was a huge success. We hope all the swimmers and families who attended enjoyed the day’s racing - and the presentation and BBQ afterwards!