Triple gold for Gabrielle as girls steal the show

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CITY of Sunderland’s 13-year-old girls took the honours at the Sunderland Summer Splash, taking 19 of Sunderland’s 71 medals.

They set the tone for a productive weekend with an early clean sweep in the 200m Individual Medley.

Gabrielle Burdess led the way, topping the podium with a time of 2.34.49, followed by second-placed Freya Rayner and bronze medallist Lauren Patterson.

Gabrielle went on to win gold medals in the 200m freestyle and the 200m breaststroke, while Freya achieved further silver success in the 100m, 200m freestyle and the 50m butterfly.

Jessica Thompson edged out Fiona Angus of Aberdeen to take the 200m backstroke gold, adding to her three breaststroke medals (100m and 200m silvers and 50m bronze).

Laura Taylor also chipped in with gold medals in the 100m freestyle and 50m butterfly together with a silver medal from the 50m freestyle.

Jennifer Sharp also won a hat trick of medals – silver in the 200m butterfly and bronze medals in the 100m butterfly and the 200m breaststroke events.

Seventeen-year-old Nichole Lough won Category 14 Multi Disability gold medals in the 50m and 100m freestyle, 50m and 100m breaststroke as well as a 50m breaststroke gold and a 100m breaststroke silver medal in the 16 years and over events.

Fellow 17-year-old Jennifer Tatters also struck gold in the 50m and 200m freestyle, silver in the 100m freestyle and backstroke and bronze in the 200m Individual Medley.

For the boys, Joseph Middleton (17) topped the podium in the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle and the 200m Individual Medley, together with a silver in the 100m backstroke and the 100m breaststroke bronze, while James Burns won freestyle and breaststroke gold medals at 200m, silver medals in the 100m freestyle, 100m backstroke and 50m butterfly and bronze medals in the 50m freestyle,100m breaststroke and 200m Individual Medley events.

Lucy Walton (14) claimed the 50m backstroke gold medal, touching home ahead of Stirling Swims’ Cara Smith with a time of 32.45 and she added to this with a 50m butterfly gold medal.

Lida Abrie (16) took the 100m breaststroke gold and the 50m breaststroke silver and 11-year-old Natalya Sharp won the 100m breaststroke gold with a time of 1.30.64.

In the 12-year age group, Amy Henshaw took the 200m backstroke gold medal ahead of Aberdeen’s Caroline McIntosh and she also went on to win the 200m butterfly bronze medal, while Jodi Bunker took the 50m breaststroke silver and bronze medals in the 50m freestyle and butterfly events.

Georgina Lamb (14) won bronze medals in the 100m breaststroke and 200m freestyle, while Lara Greggs (9) also chipped in with a 50m freestyle bronze medal.

Ten-year-old Joseph Robbins finished over four seconds ahead of second-placed Nathan Salkeld of Carlisle to take the 100m breaststroke gold in 1.40.75, adding to his 50m butterfly gold and 200m Individual Medley silver, while Ryan Henry (15) recorded a gold, silver bronze in the respective 50m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke and 100m backstroke events.

Further gold medallists for Sunderland were Tom Brumwell (9) in the 50m freestyle, Jack Tallentire (14), 200m backstroke and Callum Walker (13), 50m breaststroke.

Tom and Callum also claimed silver medals in the 50m backstroke and the 200m breaststroke events.

Silver success was also achieved by Jordan Henry (15) in the 50m backstroke, Thomas Burns (13) 200m backstroke, Ben Hutchinson (11) 200m butterfly, Tom Whelan (13) and Joshua Campbell both in the 50m breaststroke.

Ten-year-old Joe Whelan also won the 200m butterfly bronze medal to complete a superb day of success.