Four East Region And Five Beds County Records
Friendly rivalry was in evidence as Team Luton Masters beat Beds County records held by fellow squad members at the Bracknell Open Masters Meet. In addition to the records the squad won a total of 10 Gold, 6 Silver and 1 Bronze medal.
Graham Powell was in fine form winning all four of his events in the 60 – 64 year age group, setting not only Beds County but also new East Region Masters records in each of them. He posted new times of 31.61 and 1:09.74 over 50m and 100m Butterfly. His 50m Butterfly time broke the East Region record that had stood since 2008 by over two seconds. In the 50m and 100m Backstroke Graham’s figures of 32.53 seconds and 1:12.68 beat the Beds County records set just ten months ago by club mate Colin Mayes. Powell’s Backstroke time in the 100m event also bettered the East Region record that had stood since 2007 by nearly three seconds.
Despite the loss of two records to Powell, Colin Mayes picked up three gold medals from his swims over 50m, 100m and 200m Breaststroke whilst collecting a silver in the 100m Individual Medley.
Team Luton’s domination in the 60 – 64 age group continued to the fore as Malcolm Barton finished 2nd to Colin in the 100m Breaststroke whilst also picking up a bronze medal in the 100m Butterfly behind Powell. Malcolm finished in fourth place in the 200m Freestyle. This was due in part to Malcolm electing to swim Breaststroke, rather than Front Crawl, as pacing practice for the 200m Breaststroke event at the GB Masters which take place at the beginning of April.
In the 55 – 59 year age group, Dave Wright picked up two Gold medals over 50m Backstroke and 200m Freestyle. His time of 2:24.31 in the Freestyle event took over 2.5 seconds off the Beds County record that had been set by Powell back in 2014. Dave also picked up silver medals over 50m and 100m Butterfly and in the 200m Individual Medley.
John O’Rourke swam to first place in the 200m Backstroke and picked up a silver medal over the 50m distance in his 45 – 49 year age group.
Sharon Collins made her competitive Masters debut at the tender age of 49. With the Bracknell Meet over-subscribed with entries, Sharon only swam in the 50m Breaststroke, rather than her preferred Freestyle. She finished in tenth place but is already looking forward to her next Masters competition in April at Newmarket.