Nicole swims into record books

Nicole Lough.
Nicole Lough.
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STUNNING performances saw City of Sunderland’s swimmers finish the Northern Region Zonal meet with two British records, 12 medals, two British Championship Qualifying Times (QT), one National QT and six new club records!

The event saw 18 swimmers from the Performance and Age Group Development Squads enjoy a successful weekend’s racing in the 50m Ponds Forge Pool in Sheffield.

In addition to the impressive set of medals and records, Sunderland’s swimmers set more than 20 personal best times and qualified for the finals of 24 events.

Nicole Lough (18) again swam her way into the British record books, recording a time of 1:20.03 minutes in the 100m breaststroke event.

This broke her own British S14 record set last year.

She then broke her own S14 50m breaststroke British record, setting a new time of 36.23 seconds.

Nicole took gold medals in both events and finished 18th and 13th in the Open Events in the 17+ age group.

Her 50m breaststroke time is a new club record and All Time record.

Adam Taylor (17) won a very impressive five medals.

He finished in first place in the 50m butterfly and in the 200m backstroke. He also won a silver medal in the 100m butterfly and added two bronze medals in the 50m and 100m backstroke events.

Adam, swimming in the 17 and over age group, swam faster than many older competitors, further emphasising his achievements.

Adam qualified for the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle finals where he finished seventh, 10th and 10th respectively.

Fifteen-year-old Freya Rayner had a magnificent weekend’s swimming, winning three medals and achieving British Qualifying times for two more events: the 50m butterfly and 50m backstroke.

The British Championships, which take place in April, will also double as trials for the Commonwealth Games – a very exciting prospect as the club will be represented by at least four swimmers.

Freya won a silver medal in the 100m backstroke and won two bronze medals in the 50m butterfly and 50m backstroke events.

She finished fifth and eighth respectively in the finals of the 50m and 100m freestyle events. Again Freya has made her mark on the club’s record books, setting new fastest times in the 50m freestyle, backstroke and butterfly and in the 100m backstroke for her age group and setting an All Time record for the 50m butterfly.

Winning a silver medal in the 400 IM, 16-year-old Lucy Walton continued to show excellent form in this event.

Lucy finished fourth in the finals of the 200m backstroke and 200 IM events and narrowly missed out on a final place in the 100m backstroke, finishing 11th in the heats in a personal best time.

Bronze medallist, 17-year-old Lucy Ellis finished third in the 800m freestyle event in a time of 9:05.73 minutes. Lucy finished fourth in the 400 IM final and eighth in the 400m freestyle final and in the 200m backstroke final.

Achieving her first indoor individual national qualifying time was 15-year-old Gabrielle Burdess. Her success came in 400 IM heats where she set a new personal best of 5.11.70 minutes, six hundredths of a second inside the qualifying time, and swimming more than nine seconds faster than she had previously swam the event!

In the final, Gabrielle finished seventh, reducing her time again by more than a second.

Gabrielle set new personal bests in the 400m freestyle, 100m breaststroke and 200 IM where she finished in 23rd, 19th and 14th places respectively.

Eighteen-year-old Joe Middleton, 15-year-olds Alexandra Clements and Callum Reveley and 14-year-olds Jodi Bunker and Anya Sordy all qualified for finals.

Joe finished sixth in the 50m backstroke final and seventh in the 200 IM final, achieving personal bests in both.

Alexandra was 10th in the 50m backstroke final and Callum finished ninth in the 100m freestyle final, both in new personal best times.

Jodi swam in five finals, recorded three personal bests and finished fifth in the 200m butterfly, seventh in the 50m butterfly and 400m IM, ninth in the 100m butterfly and 10th in the 100m breaststroke events.

Anya finished sixth in the 200m butterfly, setting new personal bests in this event and the 400m freestyle.

Jennifer Sharp (15) and 13-year-olds Elizabeth Clements and Natalya Sharp all had good swims. Jennifer set a new pb in the 50m butterfly, Elizabeth set new times in the 400m IM and freestyle events and Natalya knocked more than two seconds off her 100m breaststroke time.

Lida Abrie, Joshua Campbell Amy Henshaw and Jennifer Tatters completed the squad.