CITY of Sunderland’s last home gala of the year, the Summer Splash, was a resounding success.
Sunderland fielded a strong squad of 50 swimmers – out of a total of over 650 – and won a total of 75 gold, silver and bronze medals.
There were also many new personal bests for the Wearside swimmers, who finished third in the medals’ table behind Richmond Dale and Swim Trafford.
Lucy Ellis (17) stole the show by landing seven medals – four gold and three bronze.
Her victories came in the 50m backstroke and in the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle events. She also finished third in the 50m butterfly and in the 100m and 200m breaststroke, setting five personal bests throughout the two-day event.
Gabrielle Burdess (15), Alexandra Clements (15), Joshua Campbell (17), Nicole Lough (19), and Callum Walker (15) were all double gold medallists.
Gabrielle triumphed in the 100m backstroke and 200m butterfly, achieving PBs in both. She also secured silvers in the 50m butterfly and 100m breaststroke and was third in the 50m backstroke and 50m freestyle.
Alexandra won her gold medals in the 50m backstroke and 50m butterfly, adding a silver in the 100m freestyle, with a new PB.
Joshua had an excellent weekend, achieving eight PBs and winning gold medals in the 100m and 200m breaststroke, and adding a bronze in the 50m breaststroke.
Nicole, a S14 disability swimmer, won the 50m and 100m breaststroke, finishing ahead of all the able bodied swimmers – quite an achievement.
Breaststroke specialist Callum, meanwhile, sealed gold medals in the 100m and 200m events, and also set new PBs in the 50m and 100m freestyle.
Sunderland’s other gold medallists were Tom Whelan (15), Natalya Sharp (13), Lida Abrie (18), Jay Whitehead (15), Anya Sordy (14), Rachel Taylor (14), Emma Sinclair (18) and Freya Rayner (15).
Tom and Natalya took home an impressive 11 medals between them.
Tom finished first in the 200m individual medley, setting a new PB. He added silver medals in the 200m breaststroke and 200m butterfly and three bronzes – in the 100m butterfly, 100m backstroke and 200m freestyle.
Natalya landed a five-medal haul: gold in the 50m breaststroke, silver in the 100m breaststroke and bronzes in the 100m and 200m butterfly and the 200m breaststroke, setting three PBs along the way.
Lida secured the 50m breastroke gold and added two silvers, while Jay finished first in the 100m backstroke and was runner-up in the 200m backstroke and 100m butterfly.
Anya and Rachel both won a medal of each colour. Anya won the 50m butterfly, was second in the 100m butterfly and third in the 100m breaststroke, while Rachel grabbed gold in the 50m breaststroke, silver in the 200m medley and bronze in the 200m butterfly.
Emma triumphed in the 50m butterfly and ended second in the 200m breaststroke, while Freya won the 200m freestyle gold and landed a 200m medley bronze.
Kieran Peart (17), Jennifer Tatters (19), Jack Tallentire (16), Amy Henshaw (14), Tom Brumwell (11) and JJ. Robins (12) won a total of 14 silver medals.
Kieran finished in second place six times – in the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle, 50m and 200m breaststroke and the 200m medley – and added a 100m breaststroke bronze.
Jennifer, Jack and Amy each won two silvers. Jennifer finished second in the 200m medley, with a PB, and the 50m freestyle.
Jack was runner-up in the 50m and 100m butterfly, gaining PBs in each, while Amy secured silvers in the 200m butterfly and 200m freestyle.
Tom Brumwell won a silver in the 100m breaststroke and bronzes in the 100m backstroke and 200m breaststroke, all with new PBs, while JJ Robins enjoyed a silver medal in the 200m butterfly.
Lara Greggs (11) was a bronze medallist in the 100m and 200m backstroke, Jamie Kemp (14) picked up a bronze in the 200m butterfly, with Caitlin Cambrook (10) matching that feat by ending third in the 50m butterfly. She also came fourth in the 50m freestyle.
Sunderland’s youngest medallist was nine-year-old Jasmine Campbell, who was fourth in the 50m breaststroke and fifth in the 50m backstroke – a fine introduction to long course competition. Jack Ashman, Emma Corbett-Skedd, Benjamin Milford and Fran Proctor all benefited from racing in the long course format for the first time.
Sunderland’s A team in the girls’ 4x100m medley relay – Alexandra Clements, Rachel Taylor, Anya Sordy and Gabrielle Burdess – finished joint first with Swim Trafford in 4min 36.67sec.
The Wearsiders were just ahead for most of the race and only got caught in the final couple of metres.
The B team – Lucy Ellis, Lida Abrie, Emma Sinclair and Jennifer Tatters – finished third.
In the 4x100m freestyle, Sunderland’s A team – Alexandra Clements, Amy Dixon, Gabrielle Burdess and Lucy Ellis – won gold by just four tenths of a second over Derwentside.
The boys’ 4x100m freestyle team – Jack Tallentire, Joshua Campbell, Callum Reveley and Kieran Peart – produced a bronze medal.