Seventeen-year-old Rachel Sinclair led the way for the City of Sunderland swimmers as she took the overall second spot behind Gemma Wilson of Basingstoke in the City of Derby Long Open Meet, held at Ponds Forge, Sheffield.
Rachel’s success in the 15-years-and-over age group, was built upon a strong breaststroke performance at 100m where she took the silver medal with a personal best time of 1.21.47. She was also fourth in the 200m and eighth at 50m and in the 100m freestyle. She gained 2,512 FINA points along the way.
Despite facing a strong field from throughout the United Kingdom and overseas, which included world champion and Olympic silver medallist Keri-Anne Payne and Olympic bronze medallist Cassandra Patten, the Sunderland swimmers put in a great performance.
Twelve-year-old Jessica Thompson won the 200m butterfly bronze medal in the 11/12-year-old category and took fifth spot in the 200m breaststroke.
Jessica qualified for the final of the 200m individual medley in fourth place but was edged out of the medal positions in an exciting final.
Lauren Patterson took overall third position in the 11-year-old category behind Lilyella Craw-Seaman of Norwich and Caitlin Brittan of Birmingham, with a total of 2,163 FINA points.
She also registered a series of personal best times in the 50m, 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle, 50m butterfly, 50m backstroke, 200m individual medley and 200m breaststroke.
Thirteen-year-old Adam Charlton finished the competition in overall fifth place, while Emma Sinclair also secured fifth place in the 14-year-old category.
Eleven-year-old Jodi Bunker had an impressive swim in the 200m butterfly to clinch a national age group qualifying time with 2.45.55 and overall ninth place in the 11/12-year-old category.
Jodi and Emma also went on to finish the 100m butterfly as the fastest 11-year-olds in a time of 1.17.42.
The City of Sunderland swimmers also enjoyed a series of top ten finishes with Laura Taylor (12) taking fourth spot in the 400m freestyle, seventh in the 100m freestyle and ninth in the 200m freestyle.
The club’s youngest competitor Beth Nicholson (10) finished fifth in the 100m backstroke, sixth in the 200m backstroke, seventh in the 100m freestyle, eighth in the 200m backstroke and 10th in the 200m breaststroke.
Emma Sinclair (14) took eighth spot in the 200m butterfly and tenth in the 200m backstroke. Lida Abrie (14) finished tenth in the 200m breaststroke.
For the boys, Adam Charlton (13) finished eighth in the 100m butterfly final and ninth in the 200m butterfly event.
Also representing the club were; Thomas Burns (11), Gabrielle Burdess (12), Ashlyn Liddle (12), Freya Rayner (12), Jennifer Sharp (12), Adam Jurgens (13), Andrew Markham (13), James Burns (13), Sarah Morris (14) and Peter Davison (15).
City of Sunderland ASC also won the award for the best supported club.
Coach Gordon Rea said: “This was a good meet for the swimmers. There was strong competition from all over the country and it gave several of our swimmers their first taste of racing at Sheffield where the North East Regional Age Group Championships will be held later in the year. The swimmers gave an excellent account of themselves with a number of very good personal best swims which we will be hoping to improve still further as the season progresses.”