Masters & Seniors – Never Too Old To Improve!

Whether they be in Basildon or Bracknell, our Masters & Seniors who competed last weekend were all in fine form, collecting medals, personal best times -be they in their 20’s, 40’s or even 50’s – and points for the 2019 Team Decathlon competitions. 

Opting to swim at the Essex Masters in Basildon, Alex Mason swam a lifetime personal best by almost a full second in the “Seniors” i.e. 18-24 years’ 50m Butterfly. Alex’s time of 28.03 seconds earned him a bronze medal. A silver medal on the 50m Breaststroke (32.18 seconds) and a bronze medal in his 200m Freestyle (2:00.36) were also gained with the fastest times Alex has swum in Masters’ competitions. To round off a highly successful day, Alex came from behind at half way to claim gold in the 100m Butterfly.

Messages of support and congratulations were passing to and from the Masters meet in Bracknell where Karen MacKenzie, Sharon Thompson and John O’Rourke were competing on the same day.

Sharon, John & Karen

Coach Pauline’s training schedules over the close season had clearly paid dividends, with Karen Mackenzie also claiming two personal best times. A time of 36 seconds in her 45 – 49 years’ 50m Backstroke was a pb by over half second and saw Karen collect a silver medal. A further silver came in Karen’s 100m IM with a bronze medal being the reward for her first ever 200m Backstroke race in a time of 2:57.77.

After an injury prone 2018, it was great to see Sharon Thompson swim a personal best time by over 4 seconds in her 50-54 years’ 100IM. Having achieved 1,149 decathlon points in 2018 from six qualifying events, Sharon has already amassed 1,031 points from five events this year.

With the points gained by newcomer Alice Pinney, who made her Seniors’ debut at Sudbury in February but had to withdraw from Bracknell due to illness, our Ladies are currently outperforming their male counterparts in the GB Team Decathlon competition.

John O’Rourke swam in three races at Bracknell, bringing home a silver medal for his 200m Backstroke, whilst adding 733 points to the Club’s Men’s Team Decathlon score.