Masters’ open and Shutt case

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SUNDERLAND’S veteran swimmers stole the show in the Northumberland and Durham Championships, securing 20 gold medals to finish as top team.

Competing against 19 other clubs from across the North East and Yorkshire, City of Sunderland ASC produced some tremendous individual performances.

Graeme Shutt led the way with nine first places in the 60-64 years category – taking the age group award for top swimmer by winning the 25m, 50m and 100m backstroke, 25m and 50m butterfly, 50m and 100m freestyle, 100m medley and 50m breaststroke.

Son Neil Shutt was top swimmer in his 35-39 category, securing victories in the 50m and 100m freestyle.

In the 65-69 section, Norman Stephenson won the 25m, 50m and 100m breaststroke, as well as finishing second in the 100m and 200m medley, 25m freestyle and 25m butterfly.

Barry Robinson, in the 60-64 category, won the 25m freestyle and 25m breaststroke, plus silvers in the 25m, 50m and 100m backstroke and the 25m butterfly.

Connor Crozier (18-24 years) triumphed twice, in the 50m and 100m backstroke, as well as finishing second in the 25m and 50m butterfly, 25m backstroke and 25m freestyle.

Ray Waggott, in the 55-59 group, won the 100m freestyle and was runner-up three times, in the 25m and 50m freestyle, and the 50m butterfly.

Tom Doughty (45-49) finished runner-up in the 400m freestyle.