Sunderland’s swimmers performed well but couldn’t quite reach the podium.

Sunderland male and female swimmers failed to reach the finals of the men’s and women’s 50m freestyle on day two of the BUCS Nationals.

Hannah Costello and Ashlyn Liddle both finished fourth in their respective 50m freestyle heats before Jack Archer and Blair Wingate finished third and tenth respectively in the men’s 50m freestyle heats.

Costello, racing in heat three, put in a strong personal performance to clock in a time of 34.05 seconds. Ashlyn Liddle managed a quick time of 32.59 seconds but it did not prove to be quick enough to cement a place in the final.

In the men’s heats, Archer finished in a time of 31.55 seconds while Wingate managed to squeeze under 30 seconds with a time of 29.70. However, their times were also short of qualification.

The championships saw 2016 Olympic champion Adam Peaty participate in the 50m breaststroke, ranking fastest with an impressive time of 27 seconds, leaving the crowd stunned.

After a strong opening day from Sunderland in the pool, which included personal best times and a heat win from Josh Campbell in the 50m breaststroke, they will look to end on a high on the final day of the championships at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge.