EVERYONE A MEDAL WINNER
It was another record breaking medal haul for Team Luton at the Newmarket Open Masters meet with all ten competing swimmers each bringing home at least one medal.
Four new Masters County records were set as the squad collected a total of 29 medals. Many of these were from events in which they rarely compete, demonstrating their versatility, whilst two of our swimmers won their first ever Masters medals.
In the 40 – 44 year age group Eloise Tuner won both the 50 metres and 100 metres Breaststroke, beating her personal best time by nearly a full second over the shorter distance. Turner was also just 0.03 seconds outside her best over the 50 metres Freestyle in which she collected a silver, alongside one from the 100 metres Freestyle.
Sharon Collins claimed her first ever medal, a bronze, in the 45 – 49 year age group 50 metres Freestyle touching just ahead of the fourth placed swimmer by a mere 13/100ths of a second. Collins also finished in fourth place over 50 metres Breaststroke.
Competing in his first ever Masters competition, Darren Hale collected two gold medals (50 metres Backstroke and 50 metres Breaststroke) in the 45 – 49 years age group, together with one silver medal (50 metres Freestyle) and a bronze (100 metres Freestyle).
In the same age group John O’Rourke won the gold over 400 metres Freestyle. O’Rourke also picked up bronze medals over 100 metres Butterfly and Breaststroke, distances which he rarely swims other than as part of a 400 metres Individual Medley.
Dave Wright beat his own Beds County Masters record for the 55 – 59 year age group 200 metres Freestyle by over 1.5 seconds to finish in second place in a time of 2:22.73. Although he is more of a middle distance or open water swimmer, Wright showed his sprinting ability winning the 50 metres Backstroke, finishing second over 50 metres Butterfly and Breaststroke in addition to a third place in the 50 metres Freestyle.
Graham Powell took time away from his preferred Butterfly and Backstroke races to set new Beds Masters figures for the 60 – 64 year age group over 100 metres, 200 metres and 400 metres Freestyle. Winning each of these events, Powell smashed the old County records by 2.64 seconds, 7.58 seconds and 21.71 seconds respectively. He also headed up a clean sweep of the medals for Team Luton over 50 metres Breaststroke, with Colin Mayes finishing second and Malcolm Barton third.
Colin Mayes won the 100 metres Breaststroke and 100 metres Individual Medley as well as a further silver medal in the 200 metres Freestyle and a bronze over 100 metres Freestyle.
Malcolm Barton collected another bronze medal in the 100 metres Breaststroke whilst beating Mayes for third place in the 50 metres Butterfly and finishing in fourth place over both 200 metres and 400 metres Freestyle.
With the swims achieved in many of their non-preferred events, the squad is eagerly anticipating updates to the national swimming decathlon team competition rankings.