Thomas Burns up the lanes to take swimming county title

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ELEVEN-year-old Thomas Burns led the way for City of Sunderland swimmers by taking the county age-group title in a time of 19.47.69, in the British Gas NDSA 1500m Freestyle Championships, held at the Sunderland Aquatic Centre.

Team-mates James Burns (13) and Adam Taylor (14) both picked up age group silver medals, with respective times of 18.38.36 and 18.11.86.

A season best by 17-year-old Matthew Bell, who was making his way back to fitness after injury, ensured a fourth place finish in 17.16.61. Sixteen-year-old Dimitry Isakau swam 18.08.58 to take seventh spot, closely followed by 14-year-old Adam Taylor, who finished eighth overall with 18.11.86.

A small field of female swimmers seized the opportunity to race at the 1500m distance, in what was a selection event for the World Championship Team 2011.

Sixteen-year-old Alexandra Robinson was the City of Sunderland’s sole female representative and she made her mark by claiming silver medal in the Women’s Open category in 17.34.36.

Other City of Sunderland swimmers who took part in the event were; Alexander Pierce–Harrison (15), Andrew Markham (13), Joshua Campbell (13), Jack Tallentire (13), Peter Davison (15), Adam Jurgens (14), Ryan Henry (13) and Kristian Donaldson (13).

H City of Sunderland swimmer Matthew Wylie, represented the ASA North East team in the Disability Sports Events National Junior Championships, at Ponds Forge, Sheffield.

Fourteen-year-old Matthew, did the city proud by winning a clutch of medals with a number of personal best times.

Matthew took two gold medals with personal best times in the 400m freestyle and the 100m breaststroke.

Further personal best times secured two silver medals in the 100m freestyle and 200m individual medley.

He also powered his way to silver medal in the 100m individual medley and 50m freestyle and he claimed bronze in the 100m backstroke.

Matthew also struck gold in the 4x100 freestyle, together with Rafael Baggot, Lyndon Longhorne and Josef Craig. A fine performance saw the DSE National relay gold medal come back to the North East.