Swimming: Six medals out of six as Dave enjoys a National Championship to remember

Dave Hills with his six-medal haul from the National Championships
Dave Hills with his six-medal haul from the National Championships

Dave Hills secured six medals out of six as City of Sunderland Masters made an impact in the National Short Course Championship at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.

Hills improved on his times from the World Championships in Budapest in September.

He bagged three golds, two silvers and one bronze in his 65-69 years age group category, with personal best times in four events.

He won the 50m freestyle (31.33sec), 100m freestyle (1.09.23, PB) and 200m freestyle (2.37.19, PB).

Hills added silvers in the 100m medley (1.24.20) and 50m backstroke (40.39, PB) and a bronze in the 50m butterfly (36.94, PB).

Sunderland had a six-strong team in action.

The club’s two Mark Robinsons both managed personal best times.

The older Mark, in the 45-49 section, had a best ever time of 29.98 in the 50m freestyle. He also posted 35.33 for the 50m butterfly, 1.06.5. for the 100m freestyle and 5.32 for the 400m.

The younger Mark Robinson, competing in the 30-34 age category, managed two personal bests, in the 50m backstroke (30.85) and 50m breaststroke (32.66).

His 50m freestyle time (25.83) was the club’s quickest time of the meet.

Conor Crozier delivered the club’s fastest time for the 50 butterfly (28.37) and also impressed in the 50m freestyle (26.05) and 50m backstroke (30.22).

Imogen Fife, in the very competitive 18-24 age group, finished the 100m freestyle in 1.27.10, and posted 6.49.55 in the 400m freestyle.

Gareth Orr (18-24 years) produced some fine times in his first competition as a Masters swimmer.

He posted 30.38 for the 50m freestyle and 32.77 for the 50m butterfly, also competing in the 100m medley and 100m butterfly.

Sunderland competed in the 4x100 m men’s medley team (120-159 years), with Crozier, Orr, Robinson and Robinson finishing fourth in 4.48.12.