Taylor and Rayner clinch three golds each in Championships

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ADAM Taylor and Freya Rayner led City of Sunderland to their best ever perfomance at the ASA North East Region Youth and Senior Championships.

The club netted seven gold, two silver and five bronze medals to finish second only to Sheffield in the medals table.

The relay teams performed so well that the club now has the potential to send the biggest squad ever to the British Gas ASA National Championships in August.

Seventeen-year old Taylor and 15-year-old Rayner performed exceptionally well to win ten medals between them, both winning a hat-trick of gold medals.

Adam finished a busy weekend of competition with gold medals in the 50m and 100m backstroke events and in the 50m butterfly.

He came second in the 200m backstroke and was third in the 100m freestyle in a dead heat with Tom Howey from the Newcastle Swim Team. Adam also finished third in the 100m butterfly event, seventh in the 50m freestyle final and set new personal best (PB) times in

the 100m freestyle and 100m backstroke events.

Freya was one of the youngest in the 15 and over age group, making her success over the weekend even more impressive.

The sprint specialist won gold medals in the 50m backstroke,freest yle and butterfly events and won a silver medal in the 100m backstroke.

She also set new club records in the 100m butterfly (finishing fifth in the final) and the 50m freestyle and 100m backstroke events in times of 1:04.75, 26.70 and 1:05.33 respectively.

Jennifer Tatters (19) swam to victory in the 19 and over age group in the 800m freestyle, winning a gold medal. She also qualified for the finals of the 400m freestyle, 50m freestyle and 100m freestyle, finishing in sixth, ninth and tenth places respectively and setting new PBs in the heats of the 50m and 400m freestyle events.

Also 19, Nicole Lough finished 15th overall and first in the S14 disability category in the 100m breaststroke, continuing her highly successful season.

Sunderland’s relay teams were very successful winning three bronze medals.

The women’s 4x100m freestyle team (Freya Rayner, Lucy Ellis, Gabrielle Burdess and Laura Taylor) and 4x100m medley team (Freya Rayner, Lida Abrie, Emma Sinclair and Lucy Ellis) won a bronze each.

The 4x100m medley B team (Alexandra Clements, Gabrielle Burdess, Jennifer Tatters and Laura Taylor) finished ninth, while the women’s 4x200m freestyle team (Lucy Ellis, Freya Rayner, Gabrielle Burdess and Laura Taylor) finished sixth.

The men’s teams also did very well.

The 4x800m freestyle team (Adam Taylor, Kieran Peart, Callum Reveley and Andrew Markham) took home a bronze medal, while the same team just missed out on a medal, finishing fourth, in the 4x100m freestyle event.

The 4x100m medley team (Andrew Markham, Callum Walker, Adam Taylor and Kieran Peart) were ninth.

The relay results mean that the club can send teams to compete in five relay events at the Youth/Senior National Championships - the Women’s 4x100m freestyle, 4x200m freestyle and 4x100m medley, and Men’s 4x100m and 4x200m freestyle events.

Fifteen-year-old Gabrielle Burdess continued her successful season by gaining another national qualifying time in the 200m breaststroke. Her time of 2:46.75 also set a new club record and All Time record.

Gabrielle also set a new PB in the 200m IM where she finished sixth in the final and finished fifth in the 400 IM final, and tenth in the 200m breaststroke finals.

Gabrielle is also one of the youngest in her age group.

Emma Sinclair (17), Lida Abrie (18) and 19-year-old Joe Middleton all qualified for finals.

Emma finished sixth in the finals of the 50m, 100m and 200m butterfly events, while Lida finished ninth in the 200m breaststroke and tenth in the 50m breaststroke final.

Joe took seventh position in the 50m backstroke final.

Completing the women’s line up for Sunderland were 15-year-olds Alexandra Clements, Chloe Middleton, Jennifer Sharp and Jay Whitehead.

Alex just missed out on finals in the 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke events, finishing in 11th in the 50m backstroke and freestyle events.

Chloe’s best result came in the 100m breaststroke where she finished 20th in a new PB time.

Chloe also set new PBs in the 50m backstroke and 200 I/M.

Jennifer’s best place came in the 50m butterfly where she finished 20th and set new PBs in the 50m and 100m backstroke events.

Jay Whitehead finished 14th in the 200m backstroke and 15th in the 400m IM, setting new PBs in the 50m and 200m backstroke and 400m freestyle events.

Sunderland’s men’s squad were also represented by 17-year-old Kieran Peart, 16-year-olds Joshua Campbell, Andrew Markham and Jack Tallentire and 15-year-olds Callum Reveley and Callum Walker.

Kieran’s best places came in the 400m and 50m freestyle where he finished in the 15th and 16th places.

Joshua finished 15th in the 100m breaststroke in a new PB while Jack set new PBs in the 100m backstroke and butterfly and finished 13th in the 50m butterfly event.

Andrew’s highest placing was 14th in the 50m backstroke.

Callum Walker achieved a huge PB of ten seconds in the 200m breaststroke, finishing 25th and Callum Reveley was 28th in the 200m freestyle.