Junior swimmers clinch splashing third

SUNDERLAND SWIM CLUB: Junior League Swimmers.

SUNDERLAND SWIM CLUB: Junior League Swimmers.

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THE City of Sunderland ASC junior swimmers fought off strong opposition to grab bronze position in this year’s Durham and District Junior “Diddy” League final.

In the end they finished behind Newcastle and hosts Tynemouth, but above strong teams from Middlesbrough, Stockton and Chester-le-Street.

In the 10-year old girls’ breaststroke, Natalya Sharp recorded Sunderland’s first victory of the day, while Beth Nicholson took second in the 50m backstroke.

The 12-year old girls’ freestyle and medley relay teams, consisting of Jay Whitehead, Jodi Bunker, Jennifer Sharp, Amy Henshaw and Lauren Patterson, both recorded second finishes, while Jodi Bunker and Lauren Patterson went on to collect further points with respective individual seconds in the breaststroke and freestyle.

Joseph Pomfret won the 11-year-old boys’ 50m butterfly, while there were seconds for Joshua Wright in the nine years’ butterfly, Ben Hutchinson in the 10 years’ butterfly and Jessica Thornton in the nine years’ freestyle.

Other points winners for the City of Sunderland: Nine-year-olds: Jennifer Shovlin; Pardis Farahi; Laura Smith; Luke Cullen; Joe Marsh and Joe Whelan.

10-year-olds: Alisha Ballantine; Aimee Hanson; Molly Robinson; Charlotte Jurgens; Harry Staines; Joseph Robins and Jamie Patterson.

11-year-olds: Jazmine Moss; Eve Larsen; Bethany Star-Cooper; Matty Walker-Smith; Matthew Phillips and Callum Dann.

12-year-olds: William Robinson; James Brewerton and Thomas Burns.

H City of Sunderland swimmer Matthew Wylie struck 400m freestyle silver at the Scottish National Championships.

The 14-year-old Biddick Sports College student, who was using the event at Tollcross, Glasgow, in preparation for the forthcoming ASA National Championships in Sheffield, stopped the clock in 4.59.69.

Matthew said: “I was slightly disappointed with my time as I had hoped to go under my personal best, but the silver medal was a nice consolation.”