Freya Rayner swims to four golds for City of Sunderland

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TWELVE-year-old Freya Rayner was the star of the show for City of Sunderland, as she topped the winners podium in four events, at the Durham City AA Graded Meet.

Freya won gold in the freestyle, backstroke, butterfly and individual medley events at 100m, with silver in the 200m freestyle.

Fellow 12-year-old Gabrielle Burdess took 200m freestyle gold, to add to the silver medals in the 100m freestyle, backstroke and individual medley.

The city swimmers swept the board in eight events. They took the gold, silver and bronze medals in the 11-year-old girls 100m backstroke, 12-year-old girls 100m and 200m freestyle, as well as the 13-year-old boys 100m freestyle, butterfly, breaststroke, backstroke and individual medley.

Pick of the bunch for the boys was 13-year-old Andrew Markham, who took the 100m backstroke and individual medley titles, together with silver in the 100m freestyle, closely followed by 11-year-old Joseph Pomfret, who took gold medals in the 200m freestyle and 100m butterfly.

Ten-year-old Beth Nicholson took 50m backstroke and 50m butterfly gold medals, together with silver in the 50m freestyle, 50m breaststroke and 100m individual medley.

Thirteen-year-old Ashlyn Liddle secured the 100m backstroke and 100m butterfly gold, adding to her 100m freestyle and breaststroke silver, and bronze in the 200m freestyle.

In the girls’ 11-year-old age group, Jodi Bunker topped the podium in the freestyle and backstroke events at 100m, while team-mate Lauren Patterson took the 100m individual medley gold, and silver in the 100m backstroke.

Fifteen-year-old Shannon Costello had a victory in the 200m freestyle, adding to her silver medals in the 100m freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and individual medley events.

The 13-year-old boys also enjoyed success, with James Burns taking the 100m freestyle title and silver in the 100m backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and individual medley.

Jordan Henry took the 100m butterfly gold, 200m freestyle silver and bronze medals in the 100m freestyle, breaststroke and individual medley.

Mark Robinson also secured gold in the 100m breaststroke.

Further gold medals were won by 11-year-old James Brewerton in the 100m individual medley (as well as silver in the 100m freestyle and butterfly and bronze in the 100m breaststroke).

Thomas Burns (11) in the 100m freestyle (as well as bronze in the 100m individual medley) and Ryan Brewster (12) in the 100m breaststroke.

Other medallists for the city were: Eve Larsen (10) one silver and two bronze, Jennifer Sharp (12) two silver and one bronze, William Robinson (12) one silver and one bronze, Jay Whitehead (11), Callum Dann (10)and Jack Tallentire (13)who all won two bronze medals, Christina Castledine (12), Kristian Donaldson (13), Mattie Walker-Smith (10)Joseph Robbins (9) who all won one bronze medal.