Taylor shines at championships

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CITY OF Sunderland swimmers won eight medals in the Youth and Senior North East Regional Championships held at the Aquatic Centre last weekend.

The 15 swimmers set 10 long-course club records, gained two national qualifying times, and set 40 personal best times.

Adam Taylor (16) again showed his class in the backstroke and butterfly events where he won a gold medal in the 100m backstroke, a gold in the 50m butterfly, and a bronze medal at the 200m backstroke.

Adam also reached the finals of the 100m butterfly and 50m freestyle, finishing fourth in both – and he was placed ninth in the 100m freestyle final.

Adam set club records in the 50m and 100m butterfly and is now ranked 20th in GB Seniors in the 50m butterfly.

Lucy Walton (15) won a gold and bronze medal.

She swam to victory in the final of the 400m individual medley (IM), setting a new personal best and club record in the process. Lucy finished four seconds ahead of her nearest rival to finish in 4:58.81 minutes.

She then took third in the 200m backstroke in another club record.

Reaching the finals of the 100m backstroke, Lucy finished seventh, and was eighth in the 200m butterfly and fourth in the 800m freestyle.

Emma Sinclair (16) continued her medal-winning run in the butterfly events by winning two silver medals.

She was second in the 100m butterfly event and also won a silver at the 200m distance and finished seventh in the final of the 50m butterfly. Her times in the 50m and 200m events broke the club records in the 16-18 age group.

The final medal went to the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay team comprising Joe Middleton, Callum Reveley, James Burns and Adam Taylor.

The team put together a brilliant performance to win the silver medal.

The same team also finished fifth in the 4x100m freestyle relay event.

The women’s relay teams also put in some good performances to take fourth places in the 4x100m medley relay and the 4x200m freestyle relay, and finished fifth in the 4x100m freestyle relay.

The medley team was Lucy Walton, Lida Abrie, Emma Sinclair and Jennifer Tatters and the freestyle relay team comprised Tatters, Sinclair, Walton and Lucy Ellis.

The teams now have an anxious wait to see if they have qualified for the national championships held later this year.

Jennifer Tatters had a very successful meet, gaining two national qualifying times in the 200m and 400m freestyle events and setting club records in the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle events.

Jennifer finished fourth in the 200m freestyle, sixth in the 400m and 800m freestyle, seventh in the 100m freestyle and ninth in the 50m freestyle and 200 IM, in addition to competing in all the relay events.

Lida Abrie (17) and Joe Middleton (18) both set new club records and several personal best times.

Lida broke the 100m breaststroke record with a time of 1.19.70 minutes and Joe set a new record in the 200m freestyle in a time of 2.00.58 minutes. He also finished fourth in the final of the 50m backstroke.

Sixteen-year-olds Ryan Henry and Lucy Ellis, 15-year-olds Ashlyn Liddle, James Burns, Jack Tallentire and Andrew Markham and 14-year-old Callum Reveley all set new personal best times.

Lucy was fourth in the 400 IM, fifth in the 400m freestyle and 200m backstroke and seventh in the 800m freestyle.

James finished sixth in the 1500m freestyle event and Andrew finished eighth in the 50m backstroke final.

Nicole Lough and Joshua Campbell completed the squad.

Lead Performance Coach Danny Thompson said: “This was an excellent meet for COSASC, who produced some outstanding performances at the start of the final training cycle as the athletes are unrested and in hard training.

“We were pleased to see our athletes produce times that place them at the top of the GB rankings.”