British record blown out of the water by Nicole

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SUNDERLAND 17-year-old Nicole Lough set a new British record in the Women’s S14 disability category when she took part in the ASA North Region Zonal Long Course Competition.

Nicole set the record in the 50m breaststroke, in which she recorded a time of 36.32 seconds.

Swimmers from City of Sunderland’s ASC’s Performance and Age Group Development squads braved the snowy weather to travel to Sheffield and recorded some outstanding performances.

Adam Taylor, 16, swam well throughout the weekend to win six medals in the 16-and-under age group.

He finished with gold medals from the 100m backstroke, 200m backstroke, 50m butterfly and the 100m butterfly events.

The butterfly times of 25.38sec and 58.03sec respectively, were both personal best times and new club records.

He also won a silver medal in the 50m freestyle and completed a successful weekend with a bronze medal in the 50m backstroke.

Fourteen-year-old Freya Rayner, continued her run of exceptional performances, bringing home three medals in the 14-and-under age group.

She was first in the 50m backstroke, first in the 100m backstroke and also took home a silver medal in the 50m butterfly.

Freya has qualified to swim at the British Gas International Swimming Meet, which acts as the trials for the European Junior Swimming Championships, European Youth Olympic Festival and World Youth Championships.

Lucy Ellis, 16, and James Burns, 15, both had a successful competition, gaining new personal best times and new club records.

Lucy set new club records in the 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke, while James claimed the club record for the 800m and 1500m freestyle, finishing fifth in the latter event.

Ten new personal best times were set by Sunderland’s Amy Henshaw, 13, Jay Whitehead, 13, Callum Reveley, 14, Andrew Markham, 15 and Matthew Wylie, 16.

A host of other Sunderland swimmers made finals. Jodi Bunker, 13, was seventh in the 800m freestyle and 10th in the 100m breaststroke, while Gabrielle Burdess, 14, ended seventh in the 50m backstroke and 10th in the 200 medley and 400 medley.

Jessica Thompson, 14, was fifth in the 200m butterfly, while Lucy Walton, 15, came sixth in the 800m freestyle and eighth in both the 200m backstroke and 400m medley events.

Emma Sinclair, 16, finished fifth in the 200m butterfly, a result matched by Joe Middleton, 17, fifth in the 50m backstroke and 18-year-old Alex Robinson, who was fifth in the 400m medley.