Davison excels to strike gold

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CHESTER-LE-STREET’S James Davison continued his impressive early-season individual medley form to strike gold in the 200m and 400m events in the Gateshead and Whickham Distance Meet held at the Dunston Pool.

Eleven-year-old James held off a determined effort by the City of Newcastle’s Benjamin Waugh to take the 200m gold in 2.58.33 and followed this up with a 400m winning finish in 6.08.14.

James also topped the podium in the 200m freestyle (2.44.48) and 400m freestyle (5.19.26) and added to his haul with silver medals in the 1500m freestyle and 200m breaststroke and a bronze in the 200m backstroke.

For the girls, 14-year-old Lauren Patterson won a hat-trick of gold medals with victories in the 200m freestyle (2.14.29), 200m butterfly (2.43.05) and 200m backstroke (2.33.41) but was denied a ‘clean sweep’ in the 400m freestyle by the City of Newcastle’s Jessica Hardingham who touched home ahead of Lauren to take the gold.

Georgina Lee enjoyed victories in the 13-year-age group 400m freestyle (4.51.47) and 200m backstroke (2.36.80) and took second spot behind Gateshead and Whickham’s Jade Galloway in the 400m individual medley.

Success in the 400m freestyle continued for Chester-le-Street with Faye Burns taking the gold medal in the 12-year-age group, with a time of 5.20.75.

Faye also collected silver medals in the 200m freestyle and 200m individual medley, together with bronze medal performances in the 200m backstroke and 400m individual medley.

Fourteen-year-old Grace Routledge bagged the 200m individual medley silver medal and bronze medals in the 200m backstroke and 400m freestyle, while Nicola McConnell (13) took the 400m individual medley bronze medal.

Nine-year-olds Joseph Fairburn and Isobel Oliver also respectively won the 50m butterfly silver and the 50m breaststroke bronze medals.

Rebecca Cooper (13), Emily Dolman (10), Ella Hall (9) and Ben Ward (9) also represented Chester-le-Street.