Durham school’s swimming champions earn award

The winning team from St Margaret's Primary School.

The winning team from St Margaret's Primary School.

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SWIMMING champs made a splash when their school scooped top prize at a gala.

Pupils from St Margaret’s Primary School in Durham took the overall title at the Durham County Schools’ Swimming Final event.

The contest, at Freeman’s Quay Leisure Centre in the city, saw pupils from 12 junior and primary schools competing in five events, with points being awarded for first, second and third place.

St Margaret’s pupils took first place with a total of 144 points. Second prize went to Lumley Junior School and Bluecoat Junior School, Durham, came third.

Lee Dalzell, Durham County Council’s school swimming development officer, said: “It’s been excellent to see so many schools getting involved in the contest and to see them tackling it with such much enthusiasm.

“County Durham boasts some major swimming talent and the number of county records broken at this year’s final clearly demonstrates that we have many up-and-coming athletes who are well worth watching.”

Youngsters from more than 70 schools took part in the initial stages of the competition, with the top two schools from each of the county’s six School Sports Partnership areas qualifying for the final.

Swimmers competed in the 25m backstroke, breaststroke and front crawl and the 4x25m relay and mixed relay.

Students from Durham Gilesgate Sports College supported the gala final by acting as timekeepers and taking on other roles.