SWIMMERS from all over Darlington have been making waves at an annual swimming competition.

Seven schools from across Darlington competed in the 102nd Darlington Schools Swimming Gala, but it was the swimmers from Hummersknott Academy who blew the competition out of the water.

Hummersknott swimmers took gold in 17 of the Gala’s 41 events, winning the Boys’ competition, the Girls’ competition, and the tournament outright, with a total score of 312 points.

Dawn Stokell, swimming teacher, said: “I’m so proud of all our swimmers who competed in this year’s gala. They’ve put in so much hard work to get to this stage, and to see it pay off like this is fantastic.”

Highlights included Year 10’s Harriet Rodgers, who not only won the Girls’ Corporation Cup, but also set new town records for the Open Girls 100m Freestyle, and the Year 9/10 Girls 1 Length Freestyle.

The Hummersknott boys weren’t to be left out. Year 11 Jack Hurworth took first place in the Boys Open Diving, and the Boys Corporation Cup.

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The winning squad

Meanwhile, Year 10’s Alex Grieves also won acclaim for his school by bringing home the Darlington Senior Schools Diving Championship trophy.

Hummersknott principal, James Keating, said: “This year’s success is the latest in a long tradition of sporting and swimming excellence at Hummersknott Academy. We’ve won this competition five out of the last six years now, and our future chances look very promising.

“I’ve been very impressed by all the students who have contributed so outstandingly to our school’s proud sporting legacy, and I hope they continue to represent themselves and Hummersknott Academy so brilliantly.”