Scottish joy for classy Carissa

Carissa Armijo.
Carissa Armijo.
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CARISSA Armijo led the way for City of Sunderland with an outstanding display at the Scottish National Short Course Open Championships.

The prestigious three-day competition was held at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh, with 18 Sunderland swimmers taking part.

And they achieved some fabulous results: two gold medals and one silver, two fourth places and one fifth place.

Fourteen swimmers made finals, while 18 club and five all-time club records broken, while every swimmer set multiple new short course personal best times.

Swimming in the fourteen and under age group, Carissa (13) built on her recent successes at the North East Regional Championships to win two gold and one silver medal.

Her gold medal-winning performances came in the 800m where she finished five seconds ahead of second place in a time of 9:00.87 minutes and in the 400m freestyle where she won with a two-second margin in 4:22.17 minutes.

Another fine performance saw her win silver in the 400 IM in 4:51.38 minutes.

Carissa also swam in the Open 200m butterfly, freestyle, IM and 100m butterfly events where she was one of the youngest competitors.

In the 200m butterfly, Carissa qualified for the B Final, finishing in a time of 2:17.85 almost four seconds faster than her time set at the regional championships, placing her 11th overall. For her age group, Carissa is ranked first in Britain in the 800m freestyle, 400 IM and 200m butterfly and second in the 400m freestyle.

She broke seven girls’ 13-year-old age group club records – 400m and 800m freestyle, 50m, 100m and 200m butterfly, 200m and 400m IM and also set new all-time club records in the 200m butterfly and 400 IM events.

Fourteen-year-olds Jodi Bunker, Anya Sordy, Amy Henshaw, Jennifer Sharp and Alexandra Clements, 13-year-olds Eve Larsen and Elizabeth Clements and 15-year-old Andrew Markham all competed in multiple events in the Championships, both in the Junior and Open categories.

Jodi finished fifth in the 800m freestyle, ninth in the 800m freestyle and 11th in the 400 IM.

Anya finished 10th in the 400m and 800m freestyle and 11th in the 400 IM.

Amy was 14th in the 800m freestyle and 23rd in the 400m freestyle and 400m IM. Jennifer was 52nd in the 200m butterfly, while Alexandra finished 31st in the 50m backstroke, 34th in the 100m backstroke and 38th in the 200m backstroke.

Eve finished 20th in the 100 IM, and 21st in the 400 IM. Elizabeth was 37th in the 400m IM and Andrew finished 46th in the 100m backstroke.

The senior members of the squad were not to be outdone and put in some fine performances.

Seventeen-year-old Adam Taylor missed out on a bronze medal by the narrowest of margins finishing in 24.48 seconds just six hundredths of a second behind the bronze position.

He also finished sixth and seventh in the final of the 200m backstroke and 50m backstroke respectively and finished 12th overall after competing in the B final of the 100m butterfly.

These performances see him ranked first in Britain in his age group in the 50m butterfly and 200m backstroke events, second in the 100m butterfly, third for the 100m backstroke and fourth for the 50m backstroke.

Adam also broke the club short course records in the 50m and 100m butterfly and in the 100m and 200m backstroke and the all-time 100m butterfly record.

Emma Sinclair (17) excelled in the butterfly events, finishing eighth in the final of the 200m distance in 2:18.18 minutes and 11th overall after finishing third in the B Final of the 100m distance in 1:02.85 minutes.

Emma set new club records in the 50m, 100m and 200m butterfly and the all-time 100m butterfly record.

Sixteen-year-olds Lucy Ellis and Lucy Walton had a busy and very successful meet.

Ellis finished eighth in the final of the 800m freestyle event which places her third in the British rankings for her age group.

She also finished 15th in the final of the 200 IM in a time of 2:20.12 which broke the club and all-time short course records, was 12th in the 400m freestyle final, just missing out on another club record, and finished eighth in the final of the 400 IM.

Lucy Walton finished fourth in the final of the 400 IM in 4:51.49 minutes, to rank second in her age group in Britain. Lucy also finished eighth in the final of the 800m freestyle, 11th in the 200m backstroke and 16th in the 200m butterfly events and set new club records in the 400 IM and 200m backstroke events.

Setting a new club record in the 50m breaststroke, Lida Abrie (17) finished in 36.72 seconds. Lida also set a new pb in the 100m breaststroke event.

Joshua Campbell (16) another breaststroke specialist, set two pbs in the 100m and 200m breaststroke, finishing 43rd in both.

Eighteen-year-olds Joe Middleton and Jennifer Tatters qualified for an impressive 12 events between them. Joe’s best results came in the 100m and 50m backstroke where he finished 25th and 28th respectively.

Jennifer’s highest place came in the 800m freestyle where she finished 18th.

Fifteen-year-old Gabrielle Burdess finished 20th in the 800m freestyle, greatly improving her pb in the process.

The women’s relay teams put in some blistering performances throughout the weekend.

The freestyle A team of Jennifer Tatters, Gabrielle Burdess, Carissa Armijo and Lucy Ellis finished 12th in the 4x100m event and 13th in the 4x50m event, while the B Team of Lucy Walton, Alexandra Clements, Emma Sinclair and Jodi Bunker finished 23rd in both events.

The 4x50m medley A team comprising of Alexandra Clements, Lida Abrie, Emma Sinclair and Jennifer Tatters finished 19th, while the B Team of Lucy Walton, Gabrielle Burdess, Carissa Armijo and Lucy Ellis finished 26th.