Beth Nicholson’s performance is pure gold

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BETH Nicholson grabbed nine gold medals and the ten-year-old top girl award at the Middlesbrough Open.

Beth’s golden performances for City of Sunderland came in the 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle, 100m and 200m backstroke, 100m and 200m butterfly, 200m breaststroke and 200m individual medley events.

She also claimed a silver in the 100m breaststroke to round off a terrific weekend.

Thomas Burns (11) took six gold medals in the 200m and 400m freestyle, 100m and 200m backstroke and 100m and 200m breaststroke events, with a silver in the 100m butterfly.

Callum Dann topped the podium in the 100m and 200m butterfly, 100m backstroke and 200m freestyle. He also finished second in the 100m freestyle and the 200m breaststroke, as he took the 10-year-old top boy award.

Jodi Bunker took the top 11-year-old girl award after a golden hat-trick in the 200m individual medley and the 100m and 200m breaststroke. She then claimed silver in the 200m backstroke, 100m and 200m butterfly and bronze in the 100m backstroke and the 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle.

The Sunderland team was well represented in the 12-year-old girl category, with Freya Rayner taking 100m gold medals in the backstroke and butterfly, with silver in the 100m freestyle and 200m backstroke.

Twelve-year-old Lauren Patterson took silver medals in the 200m and 400m freestyle and bronze for the 100m freestyle.

Gabrielle Burdess took a bronze hat-trick in the 200m and 400m freestyle and 200m breaststroke races.

In the 200m butterfly event, Jennifer Sharp took the silver medal, with Hannah Costello taking the bronze.

In the 17-and-over category, Jonathan Carlisle and Daniel Heeley battled for supremacy.

Carlisle took first place in the ‘skins’ 200m individual medley but Heeley gained revenge by taking gold in the 100m freestyle.

Carlisle took the bronze medal in that race, but went on to take two further gold medals in the 100m and 200m backstoke events.

Long distance specialists Danielle Huskisson and Alexendra Robinson demonstrated their versatility in the 16 and over group, with success in the short distance events.

Huskisson took double gold in the 100m freestyle and backstroke, triple silver in the 200m backstroke and the 200m and 400m freestyle and 100m bronze medals in the breaststroke and butterfly events.

Meanwhile, Robinson won five silver medals in the 100m backstroke, 100m and 200m breaststroke and butterfly, with bronze medals coming in the 200m and 400m freestyle events.

Thirteen-year-old Ashlyn Liddle took a butterfly bronze double at 100m and 200m.

Joe Middleton took two silvers in the 400m freestyle and 200m breaststroke, to add to his four bronze haul in the 100m and 200m freestyle and the 100m backstroke and breaststroke events.

Twelve-year-old Callum Reveley and 13-year-old James Burns rounded off an impressive performance with respective 100m freestyle silver and 400m freestyle bronze medals.