Luke Smith, 11, takes Gold and 2 Silvers at NERs

Sunderland – Fifteen swimmers ventured to Sunderland over the weekend of 5 & 6 November for the North Eastern Regional Championships, the most Halifax has ever sent. Luke Smith took gold in the 50m fly in a time of 33.66, and two silvers in the 50 and 100 back, swimming 35.01 and 1:17.25 respectively.

Luke’s other finishes included 4th place in the 200 back, and 6th place finishes in the 100m fly and 100m Individual Medley.

Aliya Bacakoglu, 12, also came up big, winning gold in the 100m breast in Category 9, swimming 1:39.81. Aliya also took another gold in the 100 fly as a Category 10 swimmer in a time of 1:30.37.

Matthew Greidanus, 16, advanced to three finals in the 50m, 100m & 200m breaststroke events. Matthew continues to knock time off his 100m breast time, swimming a fantastic 1:08.04. Brody Clark, 12, also swam a top 10 finish, taking on the 100m Individual Medley in a time of 1:15.73.

Andrew Raine, swimming as a 17-year-old, also made it to the finals in the 5om fly, swimming 26.25 in the heat.

 Other Halifax swimmers who qualified for the NERs included Jessica Hartley, Olivia Dyson, Charlie Kershaw, Robbie Abbott, Lewis Wainwright, Julian Warner, Eve Dunn, Emily Pyrah, Phoebe Tomlinson, and Lois Shackleton. Cormac Rozsa also qualified for the NERs, but due to an injury,  had to withdraw.

 Well done, swimmers. 

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