Edinburgh joy for city’s girls

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CITY of Sunderland’s top female swimmers put in an outstanding performance at the Scottish Gas National Age Group Championships.

The team came away with an impressive nine medals from the five-day event held at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh.

First to top the podium was Emma Sinclair (16), who finished first in both the heats and final of the 200m butterfly.

Emma also finished eighth in the final of the 400 individual medley (IM) and finished fourth in the 100m butterfly final – narrowly missing out on another medal.

Her time of 1:04.40 was a new personal best time and broke the 50m and 100m butterfly club records.

Lucy Walton (15) made it a double gold for Sunderland on the first day of competition by storming to victory in the 400 IM in the girls’ 15-16 year event. Her time of 5:01.48 was a PB and a new club record for her age group.

Lucy also finished seventh in the final of the 200m butterfly in a personal best time.

Lucy Ellis (16) won a medal of each colour. She finished second behind Lucy in the 400 IM and third in the 800m freestyle.

However, she saved her best result to the last day of competition, when she took gold in the 1500m freestyle event in the 15-16 age group, setting a new PB.

Lucy added a sixth-place finish in the 400m freestyle, further emphasizing her skills in the middle and long distance events.

Danielle Huskisson (20), who is currently studying in Stirling, won a hat-trick of silver medals.

She finished second behind Olympic medallist Keri-Anne Payne in the 400m and 800m freestyle events and was second behind Olympian Hannah Miley in the 1500m freestyle – setting a new PB and club record.

Jodi Bunker (13) won a bronze medal in the 200m butterfly, with her time in the first heat (2:28.92) comfortably qualifying her for the English National Age Group Championships which take place in July.

Jodi also finished fourth in the 400m and 800m freestyle events, sixth in the 400 IM, eight in the 200 IM, freestyle and breaststroke events, setting six personal best times.

H Stockport Metro Swimming Club recently hosted their annual meet, with a squad of 19 Sunderland swimmers from the performance and age group development squads taking part.

Jennifer Tatters (17) had a successful weekend setting five personal bests. Her weekend started brilliantly, when she won the 800m freestyle with a time of 9:17.50 – a national qualifying time for both the long course and open water events. She also finished second in the 50m and 200m freestyle, third in the 400 I/M and was eighth in the final of the girls’ 100m freestyle in the 15 and over age group.

With medals only being awarded to the first three placed swimmers in the 100m final events, Sunderland’s medal haul was unusually small.

However Freya Rayner (14) won the girls’ 100m backstroke final and she also took fourth place in the girls’ 100m freestyle final while team-mate Gabrielle Burdess finished in seventh place.

Callum Reveley (14) won a bronze medal in the final of the boys’ 100m freestyle, and also qualified for the final of the 100m backstroke where he finished eighth. He was also third in the 50m butterfly, fifth in the 400m freestyle and sixth in the 400 IM, setting personal best times for the latter two events.

Adam Taylor (16) won both the 50m butterfly and 200m backstroke and finished second in the 200m butterfly, in a personal best time.

Adam qualified for the finals of the boys’ 15 and over age group in the 100m backstroke and 100m butterfly events where he finished sixth and seventh respectively.

James Burns( 15) was second in the 400m freestyle and gained personal bests in the 1500m freestyle (finishing fourth) and in the 100m freestyle and 100m backstroke events.

He set a new club record in the 1500m freestyle and also claimed the 800m freestyle record in the same event as a split time.

The youngest swimmer in the squad, 11-year-old JJ Robins competed in five events and gained four PBs.

His best result came in the 1500m freestyle where he finished second.

Amy Henshaw (13) also gained four personal bests in the 400m IM, 200m backstroke, 400m freestyle and 200m butterfly events.

Lauren Patterson and Eve Larsen each came away with a hat trick of new best times and Andrew Markham set improved times in two of his events.

Joe Middleton, Jennifer Sharp, Jay Whitehead, Thomas Burns, and Natalya Sharp also gained personal bests.

Natalya finished second in the 50m breaststroke while Lida Abrie (17) won the 200m breaststroke.

Completing the squad were Jack Tallentire and Joseph Pomfret.