Fourth places for City of Bradford swim duo

Josh Zenner was fifth in the 200 metres individual medley in Sunderland

Josh Zenner was fifth in the 200 metres individual medley in Sunderland

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City of Bradford's National Potential squad members, who train under the guidance of Bradford Aquatics Competition Programme’s senior coach Andy Pearce, travelled to Sunderland to compete in the North East Region Senior and Junior Short Course Championships.

Medals eluded the squad and the highest-placed finalists were Freddy Hoban and Sam Lawman, who both gained fourths.

Hoban, in the 200 metres butterfly, clocked 2.10.45, and Lawman, in the 50m backstroke, a new best time of 27.36sec. Lawman also had final placings in the 100m backstroke and 50m butterfly.

Sam O’Donohoe was in three individual finals. His placings were fifth in the 50m butterfly, sixth in the 100m backstroke and seventh in the 100m butterfly. He also qualified for the 200m backstroke final but withdrew.

Other male finalists were Josh Zenner, who claimed fifth in the 200m individual medley and tenth in the 50m butterfly, James Dawson, who placed seventh in the 100m freestyle, and Matthew Brown, who came tenth in the 50m backstroke. All these swimmers' times were personal bests.

In the girls' events, Joanna Gledhill finished ninth in the 50m backstroke and 50m breaststroke, both in new best times, and Isobel Stirk claimed the final place in the 50m freestyle.

The men’s 4x100m medley team, comprising Lawman, Dawson, Hoban and O’Donohoe, placed fifth in a highly-competitive race.

Myles Stirk outshone his rivals in the BAGCAT Championships. The 12-year-old's gold medals came in the 200m and 400m freestyle and 100m and 200m backstroke.

In a closely-fought race, he was pipped to the post in the 100m freestyle and claimed second.

In the girls' events, freestyle specialist Eva Chapman secured third spot in the 13 years 400m freestyle and also finished fourth in the 800m event, fifth in the 100m and ninth in the 200m events.

Jovana Lugonja, 13, was seventh in the 100m backstroke, and George Acton, 11, finished eighth in the 100m breaststroke.

The development squad is coached by Sarah Fisher.

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