City of Sunderland swimming club swimmers were in action at the ever popular Chester le Street Junior Meet, pride of place goes to 14 yr old Matthew Wylie who broke two British disability swimming short course records in one swim. Matthew who swims in the S9 category finished his 1500m freestyle swim in 19.18.64 which was over two minutes inside the previous best which had stood since 2001. Matthew also broke his own 800m record during the swim, turning in 10.21.15 which was over a minute inside his previous mark.
Not to be outdone, the club’s younger female swimmers made it a clean sweep of all of the 800m events. Leading the way was 10 yr old Beth Nicholson, she was joined by 11 yr old Lauren Patterson, 12 yr old Laura Taylor, 13 yr old Lucy Ellis and 14 yr old Emma Sinclair who all took gold in the distance event. The girls dominance was also evident in silver medals for 11 yr old Jodi Bunker and 13 yr old Lucy Walton and bronze medal finishes for 11 yr old Gabrielle Burdess, 12 yr old Jessica Thompson and 14 yr old Lida Abrie.
The club’s boys also got in on the act with 13 yr old Adam Charlton winning the 1500m freestyle and team mate James Burns picking up a bronze medal with a vastly improved personal best time.
After the distance events finished late on the Friday evening, attention turned to the younger age groups over the rest of the weekend. There was a gold medal performance from 9 yr old Ben Hutchinson who won the 200m freestyle, Ben also claimed a silver medal in the 50m breaststroke, bronze in the 50m backstroke, butterfly and the 100m Individual Medley. He also helped team mates Callum Dann, JJ Robins and Matthew Walker-Smith to silver in the boys 9/10 freestyle team.
Beth Nicholson continued on from her Friday swim by winning the 10 yr old 400m freestyle and taking third places in the 50m backstroke, breaststroke and 200m Individual Medley as well as the 9/10 yr old freestyle team with Eve Larsen, Natalya Sharp and Jazmine Moss.
In the 11 yr old age group Jodi Bunker took two gold medals with excellent performances in the 200m breaststroke and butterfly events, she also picked up silver in the 100m Individual Medley and 50m breaststroke. Jodi also posted the fastest time in the 200m Individual Medley but was denied a golden hat trick due to a disqualification for a technical infringement on a turn.
In the same age group there were multiple medals for Lauren Patterson, who added to her earlier gold with silvers in the 200m individual medley, freestyle, 400m freestyle and bronze medals in the 100m individual medley and along with Jennifer Sharp, Christina Castledine and Gabrielle Burdess in the 11/12 yr old freestyle team race.
In the 11 yr old boys events Thomas Burns took gold in the 400m freestyle and 200m backstroke along with silver in 200m individual medley bronze in the 200m butterfly and freestyle. He also weighed in with another silver together with team mates Callum Reveley, Kristian Donaldson and Andrew Markham in the 11/12 yrs freestyle team.
A series of good all round performances from 12 yr old Ashlyn Liddle helped her to first place in the top girl award, these included gold in the 200m butterfly, silver in the 200m backstroke, breaststroke and third in the 50m butterfly.
There was also a gold medal winning performance from fast improving 12 yr old Freya Rayner in the 50m backstroke, along with silver in the sprint freestyle event and a bronze in the 100m individual medley.
Other medal winners included Matthew Walker-Smith, 2nd in 10 yr old 200m backstroke, Gabrielle Burdess 3rd in the 11 yr old 200m and 400m freestyle. James Brewerton (11) 3rd in the 50m backstroke, Andrew Markham (12) 3rd in 200 and 400m freestyle, 200m breaststroke. Christina Castledine (12) 3rd in 200m backstroke, Callum Reveley (12) 3rd 200m butterfly and Natalya Sharp (9) 3rd in the 200m individual medley.
Club Development Coach, Gordon Rea said, “All of the swimmers performed well, it was especially pleasing to see the results in the distance events as the squads are in heavy early season training. We have had some good quality swims from the younger swimmers across a broad range of events which is an indication that the club has some emerging talents who will hopefully go on to make their mark at higher levels of competition.”