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

Sunderland’s 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 the women’s 50m freestyle heats before Jack Archer and Blair Wingate finished third and 10th respectively in the men’s event.

Costello, racing in heat three, put in a strong personal performance to clock 34.05 seconds at her first BUCS Nationals.

She said: “I have never taken part in the event before, so I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

“I would have liked to have squeezed under 34 seconds but I’m still very happy with the time.”

Ashlyn Liddle managed a quick time of 32.59 seconds but it did not prove enough to book a place in the final.

Liddle said: “I felt good going into the race and focused on my own performance as I knew there would be tough competition around me.

“Overall, I am pleased with my time so I have come away with my head held high.”

In the men’s heats, Archer finished in 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.

Archer said: “I love coming to Sheffield for this event. The facilities are fantastic and attract top-quality swimmers from around the country, making it great to be a part of.”

The championships saw 2016 Olympic champion Adam Peaty participate in the 50m breaststroke.

The world record holder ranked fastest in the heats with an impressive time of 27 seconds, leaving the crowd stunned.

After many personal bests were broken, Sunderland will look to end on a high on the final day of the championships at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge.