Stormin’ Norman leads Masters’ medal surge

Norman Stephenson, winner of six gold medals
Norman Stephenson, winner of six gold medals
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CITY of Sunderland Masters picked up an incredible haul of 33 medals at the Northumberland and Durham Open championships at Durham City .

Norman Stephenson led the way in magnificent style, posting six gold medals in the 70-74 years category, winning the 25m and 50m breaststroke, 100m and 200m individual medley, 25m backstroke and 100m butterfly.

He also managed silvers in the 25m and 50m butterfly.

Connor Crozier, competing in the 18-24 section, secured five golds, recording two personal best times in the process.

He won th 25m and 50m backstroke double, plus the 50m butterfly, 50m freestyle and 50m breaststroke. Crozier also landed silver medals in the 25m freestyle and 100m backstroke.

In the 65-69 category, Grahame Shutt landed a hat-trick of victories, taking gold medals in the 25m backstroke, 25m butterfly and 25m breaststroke, while adding silvers in the 50m breaststroke, 50m butterfly, 50m backstroke and 100m medley.

Chris Toop made an impact with four silver medals in the 35-39 section, finishing runner-up in the 25m and 100m butterfly, 400m freestyle and 200m medley. He also took home bronze medals in the 50m butterfly and 200m freestyle.

The final member of the team, Neil Shutt, in the same 35-39 category, won a silver in the 25m breaststroke, plus bronzes in the 50m breaststroke, 25m and 50m freestyle and 100m medley.