Karen MacKenzie Heads Masters’ Medal Sweep

Karen MacKenzie was in spectacular sprint form at Newmarket’s Masters Open Meet winning all six of her events. The squad of six swimmers brought home 12 Gold, 8 Silver and 3 Bronze Medals, set one new County Masters record and numerous personal best times, demonstrating the benefits of the winter season’s training programme.

Competing in the 40 – 44 year old age group, Karen set personal best times (“PBs”) over both 100m Freestyle and the 100m Individual Medley. Her winning times over 50m Butterfly, Backstroke and Freestyle were each less than 1/5th of a second outside her PBs. Karen’s “poorest” swim came when she was just 0.26seconds outside her 100m Backstroke PB.

Back L-R Coach Pauline, Colin, Graham & Dave; Front L-R Karen, John & Alastair

Dave Wright swam his fastest ever Masters’ 100m Backstroke by 0.48 seconds to claim a gold medal in the 55 – 59 years age group. Two further gold medals came in the 100m Butterfly and 200m Freestyle whilst Dave rounded off a successful day’s competition with silver over 50m Butterfly. Alastair Gibb swam his best time of the year over 100m Backstroke to finish second to Wright. A further silver medal came in the 100m Individual Medley with Alastair also collecting a bronze medal over 100m Breaststroke.

Graham Powell took time out from his preferred events to race in all four of the 60 – 64 years age group’s freestyle events. He claimed first place in both the 200m and 400m events but had to settle for silver medals over 50m and 100m. In winning the 200m, Graham bettered by 0.48 seconds the Masters Bedfordshire County record that he set a year ago at the same meet.

Competing in the same age group, Colin Mayes finished in first place in the 100m Individual Medley, second over 50m and 100m Breaststroke and third over 100m Freestyle.

Like Karen MacKenzie, John O’Rourke chose to swim in six events and was rewarded with bronze medals in the 45 – 49 years age group 50m and 100m Backstroke and a silver over 200m Freestyle. John secured further top five places over 50m, 100m and 400m Freestyle, with his time over 100m being the fastest he had recorded since 2013.