Bunker digs in for medals

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SUNDERLAND’S Jodi Bunker showed all-round consistency to win eight medals – including five golds – in the Middlesbrough Open.

Her impressive effort also secured the Top Girl award in the 14-year-old category.

She opened up with victory in the 200m medley and 400m freestyle, later triumphin in the 100m and 200m breaststroke, and the 200m butterfly, over the three-day meet.

Bunker also landed silvers in the 100m butterfly and 200m freestyle, plus a bronze in the 200m backstroke – while recording nine personal best times, including a new club record of 1min 17.97sec in the 100m breaststroke.

Adam Taylor, 17, matched her gold tally by winning the 100m and 200m backstroke, 100m and 200m freestyle and the 100m butterfly.

Fifteen-year-old Gabrielle Burdess maintained her fine form with golds in the 400m freestyle and 200m breaststroke, plus three silvers and a bronze, finishing second overall in her category.

Anya Sordy won a hat-trick each of silver and bronze medals, ending up second overall in the 14-year-old section, while Eve Larsen landed three silvers and a bronze as she finished second in the 13-year-old category, adding seven PBs in the process.

Jennifer Tatters, 18, was second in the 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle, Freya Rayner managed two silvers and a bronze, all in personal bests, Elizabeth Clements, 13, secured two silvers and Alexandra Clements, 15, was runner-up in the 100m backstroke.

Double bronze medallist Jay Whitehead, 15, had a successful weekend, with six PBs, while Kieran Peart, Jack Tallentire, Laura Taylor, Lauren Exley, Jay Manners, Joseph Pomfret and J.J. Robins all picked up bronzes.

Tom Brumwell, Lara Greggs, Alisha Ballantine and Amy Dixon all gained highly sought after regional qualifying times.