Swimming: City youngsters fourth in league final

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City of Sunderland swimmers aged between nine and 12 finished fourth in the Division One Durham and District Junior League final at Billingham Forum.

After a fiercely competitive series of 51 individual and relay events, Tynemouth emerged as the winners from a strong league involving teams from Sunderland, Durham, Middlesbrough, Newcastle and Stockton.

Sunderland swimmers secured maximum points in the 25m freestyle events, with Tom Brumwell taking the nine-year-old title while J.J. Robins triumphed in the 10-year-old age group.

In the 50m backstroke events, Eve Larsen (11) and Joe Whelan (10) added to Sunderland’s points total with second-place finishes and Callum Dann (11) also chipped in with silver points in the 50m butterfly.

Third places were achieved by nine-year-old Joe Marsh (50 Backstroke), 10-year-olds J.J. Robins (50m freestyle) and Joe Whelan (50m butterfly), while 12-year-olds Joseph Pomfret and Beth Nicholson also bagged third spot points in their respective 50m butterfly and 50m backstroke events.

In the relay events, the girls’ and boys’ 8x25m freestyle cannon teams finished third and second respectively, while more points were accumulated with third-place finishes in the 4x25m freestyle relays by the 12-year-old girls, nine-year-old boys and 10-year-old boys.

The 10-year-old boys’ team also claimed third place in the medley relay event.

* See tonight’s Sunderland Echo for a picture of the city’s young swimmers.