Alex Mason, our Lead Skills 1 Squad coach, demolished the Beds County Masters (18 – 24 years) record by over 17 seconds over 800m Freestyle at the Barnet Masters Distance Meet. His performance set the tone for the weekend. An impressive number of “debut” swims saw the group of five competitors collecting a total of seven Gold, two Silver and seven Bronze medals.
Alex won all four of his events, (the 200m IM, 200m, 400m & 800m Freestyle). His time in the 800m Freestyle of 9:17.64 also took 1minute 40 seconds off the club’s 18 years and over short course record for that event. Alex already holds the Seniors’ County Record for 18-24 years for the 400m IM.
A club swimmer for many years, Barnet saw Sam Bradley making his debut as a Masters competitor. Sam won both the 25 – 29 years’ age group 200m Freestyle and 200m Backstroke. Touching in third place in the 100m Backstroke, Sam is already looking forward to competing at the English National Masters in October.
Both Sonia Bentley and Sharon Thompson were “debutantes” at the Meet, competing over various strokes for the first time in their 50 – 54 years’ age group. Sonia was rewarded with a gold over 200m IM and finished third over 100m Backstroke, 100m Breaststroke and 100m Butterfly. Sharon finished in fourth place in the 100m Breaststroke but collected a bronze medal over 200m Breaststroke.
For John O’Rourke, the Meet was a stunning return to form. At the top end of his 45- 49 years’ age group, John collected a silver medal over 200m Freestyle and 400m Individual Medley. John’s IM time of 6:40.67 was an all time personal best, beating by over six seconds the time he had recorded back at the 2015 National Masters. An all time personal Masters best time by over a second also came in the 100m Breaststroke for which John collected a bronze medal. John went home very happy, having won medals in all of his events with a further bronze over 200m Freestyle.