Medal joy for Matthew, Nicole

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CITY of Sunderland para-swimmers Matthew Wylie and Nicole Lough both scooped silver medals in the British Gas International meet at Manchester’s Aquatics Centre.

Matthew Wylie (17) and Nicole Lough (19) competed in the Multi Classification (MC) events, where Wylie has a S9 classification and Lough a S14 classification.

Wylie won a silver medal in the 100m freestyle in a time of 1min 0.03sec and was third in the final of the 50m freestyle.

He also picked up a sixth place in the 400m freestyle.

This event provided an excellent warm-up for Wylie, as he has been selected as one of only six British para-swimmers to compete in the LEN European Junior Championships to be held in Holland this month.

Lough claimed a silver medal in the final of the 100m breaststroke event in 1:20.61, and also finished tenth in the heat of the 200 I/M event with a new personal best time.

Sunderland also had a squad of swimmers taking part in this prestigious annual event, now in its second year, which attracted top-class swimmers including competitors keen to prepare for the Commonwealth Games.

The Wearside club’s swimmers also achieved one bronze medal in the disability category, and a first place, five second-place finishes, and one third-place in the junior finals.

Adam Taylor, Freya Rayner and Gabrielle Burdess claimed seven medals between them to put them in a great position for the forthcoming national and international meets.

Taylor claimed two second places, in the 100m butterfly and 200m backstroke, and a bronze in the 100m backstroke, as well as ending fourth in the 50m backstroke and 50m butterfly.

Rayner, 18, started the competition off in brilliant style by swimming to victory in the 50m backstroke.

She also secured second-place finishes in the 100m backstroke and 50m butterfly. Her times of 30.20 in the 50m backstroke and 1:04.64 in the 100m backstroke were both club records.

Burdess secured a silver medal in the junior final of the 400 individual medley in 5:06.38, her second fastest time at this event.

Lucy Ellis (17) and Jonny Carlisle (22) competed in the Open Age Group. Ellis finished ninth in the 800m freestyle, setting a new personal best of 8min 59.67sec.

Carlisle was fifth in the 200m backstroke with a time of 2:04.90 and came 10th in his heat of the 100m backstroke.

The relay events provided the opportunity for swimmers from Sunderland’s Performance B and Age Group Development Squads to join Performance A swimmers to gain invaluable experience of competing at an international event.

The women’s 4x100m medley team – Freya Rayner, Lida Abrie, Jodi Bunker and Jennifer Tatters – finished ninth in the heat of the Club Teams event and eighth in the final.

Two women’s teams from Sunderland competed in the 4x100m freestyle relay, with the A team – Jennifer Tatters, Gabrielle Burdess, Freya Rayner and Lucy Ellis – finishing seventh in the heat and an impressive fifth in the final.

The B Team of Jodi Bunker, Alexandra Clements, Eve Larsen and Laura Taylor finished 15th in the heats.

The men finished 12th in the 4x100 medley (Jonny Carlisle, Joshua Campbell, Adam Taylor and Kieran Peart) and 13th in the 4x100m freestyle (Kieran Peart, Jack Tallentire, Matthew Wylie and Adam Taylor).