Five of our Masters & Senior’ squad kick started their 2019 competitive campaign at the South East Region’s Long Course Championships at Crawley. They came home with an impressive tally of four Gold, four Silver and one Bronze medal, two new Beds County Masters’ records and numerous long course personal best times.
Choosing a long course (50m) event for your first 400m Individual Medley race might seem to be a daunting prospect for any swimmer. Karen MacKenzie, Tom Lambert and Sam Bradley duly rose to the challenge. They were rewarded with a Gold, Silver and Bronze medal in their respective age groups. The icing on the cake was a new Beds County Masters record for Karen with her time of 6:34.96.
Competing in the 44 – 49 years’ age group, Karen had set herself an extensive programme of six events over the two day meet. She proceeded to claim two further golds for her 200m IM and 50m Freestyle. Collecting a silver over 100m Backstroke, Karen was only 0.22 seconds away from claiming a Bronze in her 100m Freestyle.
Sam Bradley did however succeed in collecting a medal of each colour, winning his 100m Backstroke and finishing second over 200m Backstroke. His time of 3:05.44 over the longer distance set a new Beds County record in his 25 – 29 years’ age group.
Feeling the effects of missing training from his winter holiday, Tom Lambert still picked up a second silver medal from his 18 – 24 years’ 100m Breaststroke.
Crawley was the first long course Masters’ competition for both Sam and Tom. For Michelle Neal it was just her second competition, having only made her debut at Newmarket last April. Accustomed to swimming in a 25m pool, Michelle finished a creditable 4th in her 35 – 39 years’ 100m freestyle and 8th over 50m Butterfly.
Racing over 200m Freestyle in a 50m pool for the first time Sharon Thompson came 5th in her 50 – 54 years’ age group, finishing 6th in the 400m and 7th in the 50m Freestyle.
Full results can be found here.