Sunderland’s Taylor retains title in Glasgow

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SUNDERLAND swimmer Adam Taylor has successfully defended his junior national title.

Taylor (pictured, left) secured a place on the top of the podium at the British Gas Swimming Championships, in Glasgow, last night after triumphing in the men’s 50metres butterfly in a personal best time of 24.62 seconds.

It represented a successful outcome for the Washington-born 17-year-old, who has been enjoying an excellent run of form this season.

Sunderland Swimming Club’s Taylor will now to look to take those performances into the summer’s European Junior Championships.

But while Taylor achieved his objective, Sunderland team-mate Jonathan Carlisle - who combines his training between the Aquatic Centre and the Team Bath club - missed out on a top three spot in the men’s open 100m backstroke.

The national championships double as the trials for July’s Commonwealth Games and Carlisle was aiming to secure his place in the England team.

But the 21-year-old finished fifth in the final in a time of 55.68s.

Meanwhile, Sunderland’s Freya Rayner recorded a time of 27.33s in the senior women’s 50m freestyle.

It wasn’t enough for Rayner to qualify for the next round, but at just 15, the championships are seen as a learning curve for the rest of the teenager’s career.