Rachel shows Sheffield steel to clinch World Championship trial slot

City of Sunderland swimmer Rachel Taylor
City of Sunderland swimmer Rachel Taylor
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SUNDERLAND swimmer Rachel Taylor qualified for the World Championship Trials, after producing a personal best time at the Burns Meet in Sheffield.

Taylor, 15, from the City of Sunderland swimming club, swam a time of 2min 38.64sec in the 200m breaststroke, which ranked her 12th in the country this year in the open category and was six-tenths of a second faster than the qualifying time for the British Championship, which doubles up as the trials for the World Championship.

Taylor commented on the race, saying: “I knew before the race that I was only half a second away from the time.

“I knew when I had touched the wall that I had paced my race right and I am just over the moon to have qualified for the trials.”

Taylor also swam a personal best in the 400m individual medley, but was not alone in success at the meet at Ponds Forge International Pool.

Eighteen-year-old Adam Taylor had a solid meet, winning the 50 metres backstroke, 100 and 200 metres backstroke, swimming just outside of his personal best swims. Taylor also came second in the 50m backstroke in 26.71, a personal best time.

Zak Logue, 16, swam his way to five personal bests out of six races over the weekend.

He started off with the 400m medley, stopping the clock in 4:45.68. He then halved the race distance and showed his versatility in the 200m medley, coming eighth in 2:16.20.

From there, one of the newest additions to the Sunderland team moved onto the 200m backstroke, touching just outside of his PB in 2:17.97. Zak was touched out for a bronze medal in the 200m butterfly, swimming a time of 2:14.22. He finished off his weekend with PBs in the 400m and 100m freestyle.

Lucy Ellis, 18, had a great swim in the 400m freestyle, finishing sixth in a time of 4:23.98, a personal best time by four seconds, while 15-year-old Anya Sordy and 16-year-old Emma Cassell also enjoyed personal best times in the same event. Amy Henshaw had a solid race, swimming slightly outside her PB.

Freya Rayner, 16, secured two top-three finishes in the open category, ending third in the 50m backstroke and the 50m freestyle, just outside of her PBs.

There were some good races in the sprint events, with Jodi Bunker, Anya Sordy and Emma Cassell producing personal best times in the 50m freestyle. Jodi finished in 29.25, Anya 29.34 and Emma 28.12. Nicole Lough competed in the same event, timed at 32.99.

Twenty-year-old Jack Bridge revelled in a personal best in the 50m butterfly, stopping the clock in 29.71, and had a close race with Matthew Wylie in the 50m freestyle, touching Matt out in a time of 27.82, just five-hundredths of a second quicker than his clubmate. Josef Craig had a good swim in the same event, dipping under the 29-second mark in 28.95.