All of Team Luton’s competitors at the East Region Masters & Seniors’ Championships held in Newmarket last weekend were in medal winning form, bringing home a total of 7 Gold, 5 Silver and 4 Bronze medals.
Alex Mason, who has recently been helping poolside with our youngsters, stormed to gold in the 18-24 years’ age group 200m Butterfly and claimed second place in the 100m Breaststroke.
John O’Rourke had a full day’s competition, swimming in five events in the 45-49 years’ age group. Having swum personal best times for the year over 400m Freestyle and 50m Backstroke in the morning, John’s efforts were finally rewarded in the evening session with a bronze medal and a further current year best time in the 200m Individual Medley.
In the 55-59 year age group, Alastair Gibb won his 100m Backstroke after claiming silver medals in the 100m Butterfly and 200m Backstroke. Assistant Junior Performance Coach Dave Wright won that 100m Butterfly and collected a bronze from his 100m Individual Medley swim.
Colin Mayes claimed gold medals in the 100M IM and 200m Breaststroke, a silver in the 50m Breaststroke and a bronze in the 50m Freestyle. Competing in the same 60-64 years’ age group, Graham Powell won the 100m Butterfly and 100m Freestyle and touched just behind Colin to collect a bronze in the 50m Breaststroke.
The quartet of Graham, John, Dave and Alastair, with a combined age of 226, finished fourth in the Men’s 200-240 years 4 x 50m Freestyle relay. Registering a combined age of 236 years, Graham, Colin, Dave and Alastair edged out South Beds Masters to claim a team silver In the 4 x 50m Medley relay.
Having competed in some events that were not necessarily their best, valuable points were gained for the National Masters Decathlon competition. As a result Team Luton are now standing 14th in the Men’s Team competition with 16,417 points, just 78 points short of their best ever total which they achieved last year. That 2016 total was achieved from the maximum number (40) of qualifying races and yet their score this year comes from just 36 races.
Whilst the club’s female swimmers have been thwarted from competing in the latter part of the season by a mixture of injuries and illnesses, they are currently in 124th position in the Ladies Team competition with 5,428 points from just 18 qualifying races. In 2016 they finished in 142nd place with 5,786 points from 20 races.
With the National Masters championships later this month, in Sheffield, hopes are high that both the Men and Ladies will achieve their best ever Team points totals.