With 100s of swimmers representing 29 clubs, COSASCâ€™s Summer Splash was once again a tremendous success. The last long course L3 gala of the season for many provided a great opportunity for swimmers to showcase the results of a hard seasonâ€™s training and competition. COSASC entered a massive squad of 51 swimmers, aged 9 â€“ 19 and won 37 medals.
Anya Sordy, 15, ended the meet with 6 medals: gold in the 50m freestyle and 100m butterfly, silver in the 50m butterfly, 200m freestyle and I/M and bronze in the 100m freestyle and set new PBs in the 50m and 200m freestyle and 100m backstroke and butterfly.
Josef Craig, 18, competing in the multi disability category, won a hat trick of gold medals in the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle events. Mason Jaques, 17 picked up gold and silver medals in the 50m backstroke and 50m butterfly while Kieran Peart, 18, won a hat trick of silver medals in the 50m and 200m breaststroke and 200m I/M events, improving his PBs in the 200 I/M and 50m backstroke. Joshua Campbell, 18, finished second in the 100m butterfly with a new PB and also improved his times in the 50m and 200m freestyle and in the 100m backstroke.
Jay Manners and Joseph Pomfret, both 15, continued their great form this season to win six medals and set PBS in each of their events. Jay finished first in the 100m breast in 1:18.20 – a 3 second PB and recorded a 4th place and three 5th place finishes in the 50m breaststroke, 50m freestyle, 100m butterfly and 50m backstroke respectively. He reduced his 100m backstroke time by 4 seconds. Joseph finished the meet with two silver medals in the 100m and 200m breaststroke, reducing his PBs by 6 and 9 seconds respectively, and three bronze medals in the 50m and 100m freestyle and the 50m backstroke.
Fourteen year olds Ana Lazar and Natalya Sharp completed the medals for the older swimmers with Ana winning silver in the 50m backstroke and bronze medals in the 50m freestyle and 200m butterfly, setting new PBs in the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle and the 50m backstroke. Natalya finished third in the 50m breaststroke and just missed out on medals in the 50m butterfly and backstroke.
The twelve year olds and younger swimmers received medals for 1st to 6th places and nine year olds Lucy Matterson and Ayumi Faulds won an impressive 9 medals. Lucy won silver in the 200 I/M and bronze in the 200m backstroke and finished 4th and 5th in the 50m and 200m breaststroke respectively. Ayumi was 4th in the 50m butterfly and 200m freestyle, 5th in the 50m backstroke and 50m breaststroke and 6th in the 200m breaststroke. Both girls achieved PBs in all their events.
Lara Greggs, 12, finished third in the 50m backstroke and was 5th in the 100m freestyle, setting 5 new PBs, reducing her 100m breaststroke by more than 5 seconds. Caitlin Cambrook, 11, finished 4th in the 50m butterfly and 6th in the 200m freestyle.
Achieving top ten finishes were Darcy Palmer, 15, Maria Birchall, 13, J.J. Robins, 13,Vanessa Rubio, 12, Joshua Convery, 11 and Arran Robinson, 9.
Darcy finished 6th in the 50m and 100m butterfly, 7th in the 50m backstroke and 10th in the 50m butterfly, setting new PBS in each. Maria finished 4th in the 100m freestyle, 5th in the 50m and 100m butterfly, 7th in the 200m freestyle and 8th in the 50m freestyle, setting 8 new PBs. J.J. finished 4th in the 200m butterfly, 6th in the 200m breaststroke and 100m butterfly, 7th in the 100m breaststroke and 200m backstroke, 9th in the 200m I/M and 10th in the 200m backstroke setting 5 new PBs. Vanessa finished 10th in the 100m freestyle and set new fastest times in all her events. Joshua claimed 10th spot in the 200m breaststroke and 200 I/M while Arran secured 8th, 9th and 10th places in the 200m freestyle, 50m breaststroke and 50m freestyle events.
Making their first competitive swims for the club were nine year olds Louie Bradley-Godfrey, Grace Brewerton, Anthony Collinson, Gina Elliott, Sophie Graham, Holly Nell and Anna Whelan, ten year old Kenneth Juan, eleven year olds Ryxelle Gepte and Niamh Watson and twelve year old Jack Marshall. All were a credit to the club and we look forward to them representing the club again soon.
Sunderlandâ€™s swimmers were successful in the relay events finishing 2nd in the freestyle canon (8 x 50m) and 3rd in the medley canon (8 x 50m). In the 13 and over age group the girls teams finished 1st and 3rd in the 4 x 100m freestyle relay and finished 2nd and 3rd in the 4 x 100m medley relay while the boys finished 2nd in the 4 x 100m medley relay. In the 12 and under age group Sunderlandâ€™s girls finished 4th in the 4 x 50m freestyle and 5th in the 4 x 50m medley relay.
As a competitive club it was really encouraging to see so many of Sunderlandâ€™s swimmers, particularly from the Junior Squads, taking part and while it is sadly impractical to mention every swimmer, all produced their seasonâ€™s best at this meet and itâ€™s great to see them always moving forwards, putting themselves in a strong starting position for the next season.
Many thanks to Fiona Barnes who took these lovely images.