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World Class…

Congratulations to Graham Powell, Malcolm Barton, Dave Wright and Colin Mayes.

Their time of 5:10.46 in the 240-279 years 4 x 100m Medley relay at the National Masters last year has been confirmed as the 7th fastest recorded in the world last year.

Colin Mayes, Dave Wright, Malcolm Barton & Graham Powell

Never Too Old To Swim Faster

Sharon Thompson, Karen Mackenzie and Alex Mason demonstrated last weekend that whether you are a Masters or a Seniors swimmer one is never too old to improve. Read here for a report on the achievements at the Bracknell and Essex County Masters meets.

Our Masters’ competitors at Bracknell – Sharon, John & Karen.

Quality Shines Through At 2019 County Championships

Fantastic performances by all of our swimmers contributed to a highly successful 2019 Beds County Championships held over three weekends.

Finishing second in the points tables to Bedford Modernian, we also achieved the second highest medal tally with 87 of our 188 medals being gold. We also brought home 30 of the 68 individual championship trophies.

Head Coach Rikki Morris was particularly pleased with the progress made by the younger swimmers, including those competing in their first county championships. Read here for the full report.

Masters & Seniors Kick-Start Their 2019 Campaign

Choosing a 50m pool for your first 400m Individual Medley race might seem to be a daunting prospect for any swimmer. Karen MacKenzie, Tom Lambert and Sam Bradley duly rose to the challenge at the South East Masters Long Course Championships.

Read here for a full report of how our Masters & Seniors brought home four Golds, four Silvers and one Bronze medal whilst setting two new Beds County Masters records.

Best Ever Results In GB Masters Team Decathlon

It’s official. The results are finally confirmed. So massive congratulations to both our Female and Male Masters & Seniors who have achieved their best ever placings in the British Team Decathlon competitions.

L-R: Sharon Thompson, Sonia Bentley, Michelle Neal & Karen Mackenzie

The Men’s team finished 9th out of 501 teams, up one position from 2017, to once again be the highest place Men’s club in the East Region.

Our Ladies, who competed in far fewer qualifying races, meanwhile broke into the top 100 for the first time to finish 92nd out of 435 teams. They were the third highest Bedfordshire Masters club, behind South Beds Masters and Flitwick.

Read here for a full report, together with a summary of all our Masters’ individual performances.

8th In NASL London League Division 1

After a close battle in the promotion play-off final round, we have finished in 8th place in London Division 1 of the 2018 National Arena Swim League, two places higher than in 2017.

With 186 points in the final gala round we finished 7th, just 9 points behind 6th placed Barking & Dagenham but 18 points ahead of Potters Bar. Reflecting the closely fought contest we ended the 2018 competition with the same number of league points, 32, as Potter Bar. However, over the three rounds they  scored 647 points, just 14 more points  than us, for them to finish 7th overall.

The NASL team competition provided the arena for Celyn Walmsley to claim her third Beds County Senior record of the year, following the Club’s appointment of Rikki Morris as our Head Coach. It was also an opportunity for our youngsters to experience the special excitement and adrenalin that comes with relay races. All good practice for the Beds County Championships that take place early in 2019.

 

Welsh National Medals, Beds County Masters Record & Decathlon Points

Congratulations to Alex Mason and Jj Wilde, both winning three medals in their respective age groups at the Swim Wales Short Course Championships.

At the Masters event held in Newport, Alex, aged 22, won all three of his events in the 18 – 24 years’ age group,  the 50m & 100 Breaststroke plus the 200m Backstroke.

In the Boys 13 – 14 years Short Course championships held in Swansea, Jj Wilde swam four huge personal best times, bringing home three Bronze medals.

Away from the national stage, Sam Bradley has collected his first Beds County Masters record. whilst Tom Lambert won all six of his 18 – 24 years’ events at the Etwall Masters meet in Derbyshire, earning valuable points for the Masters & Seniors Team Decathlon competition.

 

We Are In The London Div 1 National Arena Swim League Final

We have qualified for the London Division 1 play-off final round of the National Arena Swim League in December!

After finishing in 4th= spot with Greenwich Royals on 228 points in Round 1 we amassed enough points overall in the Round 2 gala, despite then only finishing 5th, to qualify. In their Round 2 Gala, Greenwich also finished 5th but they fell 4 points short of our cumulative  total of 447 points.

The team competition involves individual and relay races for 9-11 years, 13’s & under, 15’s & under and Open events. Points are awarded from 8 through to 1 depending on the placings in each race. The margin by which we qualified for the final play-offs underlined how every swim counts, even an 8th place finish. Congratulations therefore to every team member who took part over both rounds, including Head Coach Rikki Morris. He was called upon to swim the Men’s Open 100m Backstroke in Round 2 and managed 5th place with a creditable time of 1:01.97 .

We now go into the final against teams from Watford, Anaconda, Hackney Aquatics, Dunmow Atlantis, Barking & Dagenham, Aylesbury and Potters Bar.

The final round takes place on 8th December.

Wherever we finish in the final we are assured of once again finishing in the top half of Division 1. Well done all.