Sunderland swimmers put on a Master-class

GREAT PERFORMANCES: City of Sunderland Masters swimmers: left to right, back row, Norman Stephenson, Neil Shutt, Steve Rutter, Tom Doughty. Front: Conor Crozier, Graeme Shutt, Barry Robinson.

GREAT PERFORMANCES: City of Sunderland Masters swimmers: left to right, back row, Norman Stephenson, Neil Shutt, Steve Rutter, Tom Doughty. Front: Conor Crozier, Graeme Shutt, Barry Robinson.

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CITY of Sunderland Masters picked up 24 medals with a series of outstanding performances in the Billingham Masters Championship.

Facing swimmers from clubs across the North East, Yorkshire and Lancashire, the Wearsiders’ youngest competitors produced some of the best displays.

In the 18-24 years category, Steve Rutter snapped up three gold medals – in the 50m and 100m breaststroke, plus the 50m freestyle. Rutter also managed a bronze in the 100m freestyle.

Conor Crozier matched Rutter with golds in the 50m and 100m backstrokes and the 100m individual medley, plus bronze in the 50m freestyle and a fourth-place finish in the 100m freestyle.

In the 65-69 years category, Norman Stephenson snatched three golds, winning the 50m breaststroke, 100m butterfly and 100m medley.

Barry Robinson grabbed a brilliant gold in the 50m backstroke, plus a bronze in the 50m freestyle.

Graeme Shutt landed a gold in the 50m backstroke in the 60-64 years section, adding a 50m freestyle silver and bronzes in the 50m butterfly and 50m medley.

Tom Doughty secured a silver in the 50-54 years 200m freestyle and was third in the 100m freestyle, while Neil Shutt had a best finish of fifth in the 35-39 years 50m freestyle.

In the team events, Sunderland managed three further silver medals – in the 200m freestyle (combined ages 160 years) and the 200m freestyle and 200m medley (both in the combined 240 years section).