New year cheer as Adam and Freya strike gold

Left to right, Matt Wylie, Adam Taylor and Jodi Bunker.
Left to right, Matt Wylie, Adam Taylor and Jodi Bunker.
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FREYA Rayner and Adam Taylor were in dominant form to win 11 gold medals at the City of Sunderland New Year Meet.

The sprint specialists were in fine form at the Aquatic Centre, helping to swell the club’s haul to 56 medals.

The two-day gala saw swimmers from all over the North East and Cumbria taking part, giving Sunderland’s squad of 45 swimmers the opportunity to compete against high quality opposition in the first Level 1, long course meet of the season.

Freya (15) won five gold medals and one silver.

Her winning performances came in the 50m freestyle, backstroke butterfly, 100m backstroke and freestyle and she was second in the 100m butterfly.

She also gained national qualifying times in the 50m freestyle and 50m backstroke and set club records for those two events, as well for the 50m butterfly and 100m freestyle.

Adam (17) won six gold medals and one silver. He made it a clean sweep in the backstroke events, winning gold at the 50m, 100m and 200m distances.

Adam was also first in the 50m and 100m butterfly events and in the 50m freestyle. He finished second in the 100m freestyle to take silver.

Disability swimmers, 18-year-old Nicole Lough and Matt Wylie (17) had a successful weekend, winning all their events.

Nicole set new personal best times in the 50m freestyle and butterfly events and her 50m breaststroke swim won her a bronze medal in the non-disability class, too.

Matt set new pbs in the 50m backstroke, 50m butterfly and 100m backstroke events.

Carissa Armijo had another good competition, finishing first in the 13-year-old girls category.

In her last gala before returning to America, Carissa won four silver medals and two bronze medals in the 800m, 400m and 200m freestyle, 400m IM, 100m butterfly and freestyle.

Emma Sinclair (17), Lucy Walton (16) and Matthew Phillips (13) all won a gold medal. Emma finished first in the 200m butterfly, was second in the 100m and 50m butterfly and was third in the 100m freestyle, in a pb time.

Lucy won her gold in the 400m freestyle, claimed silver medals in the 400m IM and 200m backstroke, and was also third in the 200m butterfly.

A last-minute decision to swim the 1500m freestyle paid dividends for Matthew as he came away with a gold medal.

Gabrielle Burdess, Anya Sordy, JJ Robins, Callum Reveley and Natalya Sharp won 11 silver medals and one bronze between them.

Gabrielle finished second in the 800m and 400m freestyle and in the 400m and 200m IM.

Anya finished second in the 800m, 400m IM and 200m butterfly, while JJ won his medals in the 1500m freestyle and 400 IM and set five new pbs.

Callum finished second in the 200m freestyle and was third in the 200m butterfly.

Natalya won her silver medal in the 50m breaststroke and set new pbs in the 50m and 100m butterfly events.

Joshua Campbell, Callum Walker, and Jodi Bunker each won a hat-trick of bronze medals. Joshua and Callum both won their medals in the breaststroke events winning them at the 50m, 100m and 200m distances and both set four new pbs over the weekend.

Jodi was third in the 400m and 800m freestyle and the 200m butterfly events and finished second in the 14-year-old girls category.

Also winning bronze were Ana Lazar (12), who was third in the 100m and 400m freestyle and finished second in the 12-year-old girls category.

Jennifer Sharp (15) finished third in the 50m butterfly, Elizabeth Clemments (13) was third in the 400 IM, Eve Larsen (13) was third in the 50m butterfly and Alisha Ballantine (12) won her bronze medal in the 200m freestyle and set eight personal bests.