Carlisle and Taylor shine for City swimmers

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JONNY Carlisle and Adam Taylor’s medal-winning performances capped a magnificent weekend of competition for City of Sunderland swimmers at the Scottish Gas Short Course Open Championships.

Held at Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Pool, Sunderland’s 20-man squad had a memorable meet which saw times tumble and club records smashed.

Jonny (22) swam a very fast 200m backstroke in the A Final to win silver.

His time of 1:54.12 ranks him second in Britain, was a PB and an All Time Club record.

In the 50m backstroke, Jonny finished first in the B Final, breaking the club record with a time of 25.90 seconds.

Adam (18) triumphed in the 50m butterfly, finishing fifth in the heats and third in the A final in a new All Time club record of 24.28 seconds.

Adam finished fifth in the A Final of the 100m backstroke and third in the B Final of the 100m butterfly. Finishing in a dead heat with team-mate Carlisle, Adam set a new PB of 51.45 seconds.

Disability swimmer Nicole Lough (19) swam in the 50m and 100m breaststroke events. She finished 42nd in the 50m event with a time of 35.56 seconds and 61st in the 100m event in 1:19.20 minutes.

These times broke two British Short Course records in the S14 Disability category, with the 100m record having stood for more than 10 years.

Freya Rayner (16) made her mark in the sprint events, qualifying for three A Finals and narrowly missing out on two medals.

In the 50m backstroke, Freya finished joint fourth with Lucy Hope from the Edinburgh University team in a time of 28.48seconds just 17 hundredths of a second behind in third place.

By an even smaller margin, Freya finished out of the medals in the 50m freestyle final, finishing fourth in a time of 25.64 seconds, 11 hundredths of a second behind third place.

In both events, Freya was the highest-placed 16-year-old, with only older swimmers finishing ahead of her.

Capping a highly successful weekend, Freya finished sixth in the final of the 50m butterfly in a time of 27.84 seconds.

Distance specialist Lucy Ellis (17) finished seventh in the 800m freestyle event with a new PB of 8:44.29 minutes and qualified for three B finals.

Finishing second in the B Final (10th overall) in the 400 IM, fifth (13th overall) in the 400m freestyle and eighth (16th overall) in the 200 IM, Lucy broke the club record and All Time club record for the 400m freestyle with a time of 4:16.23 minutes.

Having only joined Sunderland in September, Zak Logue (16) burst into the club’s record books with two excellent swims in the 1500m freestyle and 400 IM.

Knocking an astonishing 50 seconds from his 1500m freestyle time, Zak propelled himself up the British rankings into fifth place in his age group.

His time of 15:54.14 is a new club record and All Time club record.

Zak also qualified for the B Final of the 400 IM where he finished 13th overall in 4:33.07 minutes, a new Club Record and All Time record.

Breaking 10 Club and All Time records between them were Lida Abrie (18), Kieran Peart (17), Emma Cassell (16), Jodi Bunker (15) and Rachel Taylor (14).

Representing Sunderland for the last time before her retirement from swimming, Lida went out in fine style setting two new club records in the 50m and 100m breaststroke in times of 35.72 and 1:16.93 respectively.

Kieran finished 27th in the 400m freestyle with a new club record of 4:06.17 minutes and set new PBs in the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle events.

Emma, another new face at the club, set new club records in the 100m freestyle with a time of 57.86 seconds and in the 200m breaststroke with a time of 2:43.29 minutes where she finished 27th and 28th respectively.

Her best results came in the 100m and 200m butterfly where she finished 19th in each and her 400m freestyle time of 4:26.89 was a PB of more than six seconds.

Jodi swam in an impressive seven events and achieved a new club record in the 100m butterfly with a time of 1:05.37. She achieved PBs in all but two of her events.

One of the youngest competitors in this open meet, Rachel set two club records which were also All Time records in the 100m breaststroke and 50m breaststroke with times of 1:14.88 and 35.11 respectively.

Jen Tatters (19), Jack Tallentire (17), 16-year-olds Mason Jaques and Andrew Markham, 15-year-olds Alexandra Clements, Amy Henshaw and Anya Sordy and 14-year-olds Elizabeth Clements and Joseph Pomfret achieved multiple PBs between them.

Jen is regaining her form with a PB in the 100m freestyle and Jack lowered his 200m butterfly time by five seconds on his last outing with the club before retiring from swimming.

Mason swam in six individual events and set new PBs in four of them achieving a two-second PB in the 100m freestyle and a three-second PB in the 200m freestyle.

Andrew achieved PBs in the 100m freestyle and backstroke events.

Alexandra, returning from illness, set a new PB in the 100m backstroke and Amy reduced her 800m freestyle time by five seconds and her 400m freestyle time by three seconds. Anya set a new PB in the 100m butterfly and Elizabeth and Joseph swam new fastest times in the 400 IM and 200m butterfly respectively.

Sunderland’s relay teams held their own with the best results coming in the Men’s 4x50m freestyle and 4x100m freestyle and the Women’s 4x100m Freestyle where the A Teams finished fifth overall in each event and in the Men’s 4x50m medley where the A Team finished sixth.

In the Women’s 4x50m Freestyle, Sunderland A finished seventh with Freya Rayner swimming the last leg in a startlingly fast time for a 16-year-old of 24.72 seconds.