Elizabeth leads the way for City swimmers

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CITY of Sunderland’s Swimming Club came away from the Middlesbrough Halloween Open Gala with three silver and eight bronze medals in the first Gala of the season.

The club had 17 swimmers taking part and the Level Two meet provided some excellent competition for the swimmers.

Elizabeth Clements (13) won a silver medal in the 400 I/M, setting a new PB by more than seven seconds, and achieving a Scottish National qualifying time.

Showing her skills in the I/M event, Elizabeth also won a bronze medal in the 200m event.

Representing the club for the first time, Emma Cassell (16) won a silver medal and a bronze medal.

Emma finished second in the 200m butterfly event and was third in the 200m backstroke event. Emma also qualified for the final of the 50m freestyle, finishing fifth.

JJ Robins (13) took a silver medal in the 200m butterfly event and just missed out on another medal in the 400 I/M.

Winning six bronze medals between them were Amy Henshaw (15), Joseph Pomfret (14) and Ana Lazar (13).

Amy won a hat-trick of medals, finishing third in the 400m freestyle, 400m I/M and 200m butterfly.

Joseph came third in the 400m freestyle and 200m butterfly events, while Ana finished third in the 200m butterfly and set new PBs in all six of her events.

Adam Boxall (13) recorded a fine swim in the 100m backstroke to finish fourth and achieved his first regional qualifying time.

Lara Greggs (11) also had an excellent weekend, setting PBs in each of her eight events, finishing fourth in the 200 I/M and fifth in the 100m breaststroke.

Kieran Peart and Jack Tallentire, both 17, qualified for the final of the 50m freestyle event, finishing fourth and seventh respectively.

Jay Manners (15) swam the 50m freestyle in under 30 seconds for the first time and significantly lowered his 400 I/M time.

Lydia Matterson (11), making her debut for the club, finished tenth in the 200m backstroke event.

Also competing were Andrew Markham (16), Lauren Exley (14), Matthew Phillips (14) and Alisha Ballantine (13), all of whom put in some solid swims, achieving new PBs.