High five for super Reid

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AMY Reid stole the show for City of Sunderland Masters in her first veterans swimming gala, landing five gold medals and a silver.

Reid, competing in the youngest 18-24 years category in the well-attended North East Counties Championship at Middlesbrough, took gold in the 50m and 100m freestyle, 50m breaststroke, 100m backstroke and 100m individual medley, as well as finishing runner-up in the 50m backstroke.

All six times were personal bests.

In the same age group, Steve Rutter enjoyed an excellent debut, too, winning the 50m and 100m breaststroke, as well as finishing fourth in the 50m freestyle.

Tom Doughty produced a series of great swims in the 45-49 category, snatching golds in the 50m, 200m and 400m freestyle, while ending second in the 100m freestyle.

The same age group saw debutant Duncan Ledger impress, with victories in the 50m and 100m breaststroke, plus a bronze in the 100m freestyle.

Norman Stephenson was productive in the over-60 section, grabbing golds in the 200m breaststroke and 200m butterfly, and taking silvers in the 100m butterfly and 200m medley.

Graeme Shutt (over-60s) won silvers in the 50m and 100m backstroke, while son Neil (35-39 years) took silver in the 50m freestyle and bronze in the 50m butterfly.

Connor Crozier produced good swims in the 18-24 section, finishing fourth in the 100m backstroke and fifth in three races.