Our Masters brought their 2017 competitive season to an end with successes across a range of distances at two meets in November.
Dave Wright collected a silver medal in the 55 – 59 years Barnet Copthall 1,500m event, finishing in a time of 20:14.66. His swim earned invaluable points for the Great Britain Men’s Team Decathlon competition that should ensure the Club’s best ever performance once the final results are confirmed in January.
Gwendalyn Skingley, Alastair Gibb and Graham Powell meanwhile travelled up to Derbyshire for sprint events at the 13th Etwall Eagles Masters Open Meet. Rather than seeking personal best times, the focus was on having fun and entering a larger than normal number of events. Despite fielding only three swimmers, the club finished 11th out of the 39 competing teams and were the third highest scoring non-Midlands club with 125 points. That points total was only one less than a squad of six Luton Masters achieved in 2016.
For Gwendalyn this was only her third ever pool competition. She is more accustomed to swimming long distances in open water, (and always without a wet suit). Nevertheless Gwendayln had entered into the spirit of the end of year meet, competing in seven events over 25m to 100m. She showed great pacing in her first race, the 35 – 39 years’ 100m Freestyle as she smashed her previous best time by over seven seconds. A four second improvement on her 100m Breaststroke time earned her third place, a feat she matched over 25m Butterfly.
In the 55-59 years’ age group Alastair Gibb swam in eleven races, winning his 100m Butterfly whilst finishing 2nd over 25m, 50m and 100m Backstroke, 25m and 100m Breaststroke to gain a grand total of 48 points. Finishing second overall in his age group Alastair qualified for three free races in Etwall’s 2018 competition.
Competing in the 60-64 years age group Graham Powell set five new Etwall Meet records demolishing the previous times over 25m and 50m Backstroke, 50m and 100m Butterfly and the 4x25m Individual Medley. Swimming in a total of ten races, Graham finished first in all but one event so not surprisingly won his age group. He won an individual prize of five free swims in 2018, having amassed a total of 59 points for the club, but claims he is going to swim the 1500m at Barnet next year instead!