FIVE girls from Sunderland’s Age Group Development and Performance A squads gained tough qualifying times to take part in the British Gas National Age Group Championships.
The event, held at the Ponds Forge 50m pool, marked the pinnacle of a long season of competition for the younger swimmers.
Rachel Taylor (14), representing Sunderland for the first time at the nationals, swam in the 200m and 100m breaststroke events.
Her best result came in the 200m event where she finished 14th in a time of 2:44.17 minutes.
In the 100m event, Rachel finished 24th in a time of 1:16.78 minutes.
Jodi Bunker and Anya Sordy, both 14, finished 17th and 18th respectively in the 200m butterfly event.
Jodi’s time was 2:24.90 minutes and Anya’s time of 2:25.73 minutes was just a tenth of a second outside of her personal best.
In the 100m butterfly event, Jodi finished in 24th place with a time of 1:06.99 minutes.
Jodi and Anya were joined by Amy Henshaw (14) and Elizabeth Clements (13), who was making her debut at the nationals.
The quartet competed in the 4x200m freestyle relay, producing a solid performance to finish in 33rd place.
Making their debuts at national level in the The Open Water Championships were Amy Henshaw and Elizabeth Clements.
The Age Group Development Squad swimmers took part in the challenging 1.5km event and both girls gave creditable performances.
Amy finished in twelfth place in the fourteen-year-age-group in a time of 19:49.20, while Elizabeth finished twelfth in the thirteen-year-age-group in a time of 20:18.10.