Lucy Walton breaks record and claims national title

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CITY of Sunderland’s Lucy Walton broke the national record to become the English Schools Intermediate 200m backstroke champion.

Fourteen-year-old Lucy touched home in 2.22.00 in the English Schools Swimming Association National Championships at Liverpool’s Aquatic Centre, to add the record and title to her impressive list of achievements over the past year.

Lucy then went on to take the bronze medal in the 400m individual medley.

Fellow Sunderland swimmers Adam Taylor and Emma Sinclair, both 16, also chipped in with impressive performances for the Division One team.

Adam claimed silver medals in both the 100m and 200m intermediate backstroke events, while National Team debutant Emma powered her way to fourth place in the 200m intermediate butterfly.

H Twelve-year-old Joseph Pomfret led the medal table with an impressive haul of five gold and three silver medals at the Newburn ASC Summer Meet, at the Louisa Centre, Stanley. 

Joseph’s best performances came in the 200m backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle and 50m breaststroke events where he struck gold with a series of personal best times.

Nine-year-old Tom Brumwell won four gold medals in the 50m and 200m backstroke and 50m and 200m freestyle events, together with two silver medals from the 50m breaststroke and 200m individual medley events.

Joe Middleton (17) claimed a golden hat-trick with victories in the 50m freestyle and backstroke and the 200m individual medley events. 

Joe also came second in the 200m freestyle and third in the 100m freestyle events.

Once again demonstrating his skills in the breaststroke events, J.J. Robbins (10) finished ahead of the field in the 100m and 200m distances and took second spot in the 200m freestyle, butterfly, backstroke, individual medley and the 100m freestyle as well as collecting bronze in the 100m butterfly.

Callum Dann (12) and Joe Whelan (10) both collected five medals for Sunderland. Callum swam a strong 100m breaststroke to take gold in a personal best time and added a further gold in the 100m backstroke as well as three bronze medals from the 200m butterfly, individual medley and breaststroke events.  Joe came first in the 50m butterfly, second in the 100m butterfly and backstroke events and third in the 200m backstroke and the 100m and 200m freestyle events.

Completing the medal tally for the boys were Luke Pye (9), who won silver and a bronze in the 50m butterfly and backstroke events, while Matthew Phillips (11) finished third in the 200m freestyle by winning his heat in emphatic style.

Thirteen-year-old Gabrielle Burdess took the 200m individual medley gold, while 14-year-old Georgina Lamb won a silver medal in the 100m freestyle and bronze medals in the 100m breaststroke and butterfly events.

Ana Lazar (11) topped the podium in the 50m freestyle and won a silver medal in the 50m butterfly, while twelve-year-olds Eve Larsen and Beth Nicholson both won a silver and bronze medal each – Eve in the 200m breaststroke and the 200m individual medley – and Beth in the 200m butterfly and the 100m freestyle events. 

Fellow 12-year-old Amy Henshaw also won the 200m freestyle silver medal.