Six golds for top girl Lucy Walton

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LUCY WALTON produced a series of superb performances to win the 13-year-old top girl award at the Sunderland May Open.

She powered her way to six gold medals and three silvers at the Aquatic Centre.

Lucy stopped the clock in 9.26.05 to take top spot in the 800m freestyle – over 35 seconds ahead of second-placed Alexandra Bennett of Newcastle.

She then followed up with gold medals in the 400m freestyle, 100 and 200m backstroke, and the 200 and 400m individual medley events.

The silver medal performances all came in 200m events – for freestyle, breaststroke and butterfly – highlighting her versatility in the water.

Adam Taylor continued the City of Sunderland success with a further six gold medals.

He won the 50m freestyle gold in 25.96, adding to freestyle victories at 100 and 200metres.

He also topped the podium in the 100 and 200m backstroke and the 50m butterfly, and had silver success in the 50m backstroke.

A bronze medal for the 200m individual medley completed his tally as Adam claimed top 14-year-old boy title.

Sunderland’s girls performed magnificently in the 400 individual medley events, with a series of golden age group performances.

Adding to Lucy Walton’s’ success in the 14-year-old category were Jodi Bunker (11), Jessica Thompson (12), Lucy Ellis (14) and Danielle Huskisson (16 and over).

Jodi also took the 100m breaststroke gold as well as four silvers and two bronze, while Jessica took the 200m individual medley and butterfly titles together with two silvers and a bronze.

Lucy Ellis was also victorious in the 400m and 800m freestyle, where she stopped the clock with a time of 9.18.81. Danielle also enjoyed success in the 400m freestyle. Both girls also took the silver medal in the 200m freestyle event.

Jonathan Carlisle was involved in an exciting 50m backstroke duel with Kieran McGuckin of Edinburgh University, with both swimmers taking gold medals with a joint time of 27.51.

Jonathan went on to take outright gold medals in the 100 and 200m backstroke and the 200m individual medley as well as a 50m freestyle bronze.

Matthew Wylie (14) also enjoyed success in the S9 backstroke events, taking the 50 and 100m gold medals, adding to his 100m breaststroke gold and three freestyle silver medals.

Laura Taylor (12) took a golden freestyle hat-trick with success in the 200, 400 and 800m events, while Freya Rayner took a golden backstroke double at 50 and 100m, with the girls also taking a further bronze and silver medal respectively.

Emma Sinclair took the 14-year-old 200m butterfly title as well as silver and bronze medals for backstroke and butterfly events.

Joseph Pomfret topped the podium in the 11-year-old 50 and 200m butterfly events, adding to his three silvers and a bronze medal.

James Burns (13) took the 200 and 800m freestyle gold medals as well as three silvers. Peter Davison also enjoyed success in the 15-year age group with a gold medal performance in the 50m butterfly event.

Other medal winners for the City of Sunderland were; Callum Reveley (12), Lauren Patterson (12), Thomas Burns (12), Gabrielle Burdess (12), Lida Abrie (15), Alexandra Robinson (16), Matthew Bell (17), Daniel Heeley (21), Georgina Lamb (12), Abigail Carlisle (13), Jack Tallentire (13) and Andrew Markham (13).