Lucy Walton’s outstanding display nets her silver in swimming

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LUCY Walton was City of Sunderland Swimming Club’s star performer with some outstanding displays at the inaugural ASA Zonal Meet, held at Ponds Forge, Sheffield.

Lucy produced her best effort in the 400m individual medley – where she showed great technique and determination to take the silver medal in 5.09.63. It was a time which also qualifies her for the forthcoming British trials.

Lucy backed this up with an excellent 2.27.89 in the 200m backstroke to take overall seventh spot.

Team-mate Danielle Huskisson (17) had a very busy weekend competing in the 15 years and older age group. She recorded an impressive personal best time of 8.53.84 in the 800m freestyle – taking her within touching distance of a British Trials qualifying time for the world championships. Danielle also grabbed a ‘half way split’ best time with a 4.25.29 at the 400 metres mark.

Danielle went on to take part in the 4x400m events and despite the heavy race workload, she grabbed sixth spot in both the 400m freestyle with a time of 4.27.78 and the 400m medley with a time of 5.04.76.

14-year-old Lucy Ellis also enjoyed a great meet in the girls’ 14 years and under age group, to make two finals with tenth place in the 200m freestyle (2.13.37) and the 400m medley (5.19.11).

Lucy’s best race came in the 800m metres freestyle, where she produced a fantastic 9.16.76 to take fourth spot – qualifying her for the British Trials in March.

Dan Heeley smashed his best time in the men’s 50 metres freestyle to snatch the bronze medal in a very swift 24.41. Dan also raced to a 53.89 in the 100m freestyle which placed him seventh overall.

Head coach Alastair Johnson said: “The event has proved to be a useful addition to the calendar. The swimmers did a solid job with more swimmers qualifying for the British Trials. Our next event is the Northumberland and Durham County Championships where we are looking to improve our results from last year.”