Our Masters excelled at the 5thNewmarket Masters & Seniors ’ Open Meet. Everyone collected at least two medals each as they brought home a total of 9 Gold, 12 Silver and 11 Bronze, whilst claiming a further twelve 4thplaces.
On a day when the men received their awards for being the top placed East Region club in the 2017 GB Masters Team Decathlon competition it was the turn of the ladies to shine, winning more medals than their male colleagues.
Making her debut in Masters’ competitions, Michelle Neal won the 35 -39 years’ 100m Freestyle in a time of 1.12.44. Narrowly missing a medal over 50m Freestyle, Michelle finished second in her 50m Butterfly with Gwen Skingley touching in third place. Gwen won a further bronze medal in her 100m Breaststroke whilst claiming 4thplace in both the 50m and 200m Freestyle.
In the 45 – 49 years age group, Karen MacKenzie also finished 4thin the 50m Freestyle but won her preferred 50m Backstroke in 36.55 seconds. Much to her surprise, competing in less favourite events for the decathlon competition, Karen also collected a gold medal over 100m Butterfly and silvers from her 50m Butterfly and 50m Breaststroke. In a return to competition after over nine months away, Lorraine Sadler won bronze medals in the same age group over 100m Freestyle and 100m Individual Medley.
After years of watching her own children compete and only two months of training, Sonia Bentley also had an impressive Masters’ debut winning the 50 – 54 years’ 100m Individual Medley and silver medals over 50m, 200m and 400m Freestyle. Sharon Thompson, competing again after sustaining an injury in 2017, finished in third place in that 400m Freestyle in a personal best time. Much to her delight Sharon also collected a gold medal over 50m Breaststroke and a silver over 100m Individual medley.
John O’Rourke competed in six events in the 45 -49 years’ age group winning gold in his 400m Freestyle, silver over 200m Freestyle and a bronze over both 100m Backstroke and Freestyle. John also finished 4thin his 50m Breaststroke and Freestyle.
In the 55 – 59 years’ age group, Alastair Gibb won the 100m Breaststroke, a trio of silvers over 100m, 200m and 400m Freestyle whilst finishing 4thin both the 100m Backstroke and 100m Individual Medley. Dave Wright came second in his 50m Butterfly, claiming a trio of silvers over 100m Backstroke, 50m Freestyle and 100m Individual Medley whilst finishing 4thover 50m Breaststroke.
Having missed competition throughout 2017 due to an injury, Malcolm Barton used the competition to test his pacing, swimming Breaststroke in the 200m Freestyle. He still collected a bronze medal to go with the golds he won over both 50m and 100m Breaststroke.