Record Breaking Start to Masters’ 2020 Campaign

The seven Masters & Seniors competing at the South East Long Course Masters in Crawley established 2 new East Region and 9 new Beds County records, as they brought home 6 Gold, 3 Silver and 2 Bronze medals.

Malcolm Barton made the most of his first meet up in the 65 – 69 years’ age group, winning all four of his events, the 100m & 200m Breaststroke plus the 200m & 400m Individual Medley. He demolished the previous Beds County records in all four events. His times of 1:34.57 and 3:23.74 in the Breaststroke races were also new East Region records by margins of 6.55 and 17.47 seconds respectively. Just for good measure his 100m Butterfly split to kick off his 400m IM was also a new Beds record for his age group.

Sam Bradley lowered his own 25 – 29 years’ Beds 200m Backstroke record by 3.4 seconds to win in a time of 3:02.04. Competing in five events in one day, Sam also collected a silver from his 200m IM whilst finishing 4th in his 400m Freestyle.

Laura Smith earned her first Beds County Masters record with her winning time of 39:00 seconds in the 25 – 29 years’ 50m Breaststroke. That broke the previous record by 1.39 seconds . She followed this with two 5th places in her 100m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly.

Competing in the 18 -24 years’ age group, Alice Pinney claimed two silver medals for her 400m & 800m Freestyle swims. ¬†Alice also finished 3rd in her 200m whilst touching 5th in the 50m Freestyle.

Jodie Armstrong claimed her first South East medal touching 3rd in the 35 – 39 years’ 100m Butterfly, missing out on a Bronze in the 50m event by just 0.7 seconds.

Kelly Cooke came even closer to a medal finishing 4th in her 40 – 44 years’ 50m Butterfly. Her time of 36.54 was just 0.21 seconds away from Bronze but Kelly had the consolation of taking 1.71 seconds off the County record for her age group. That followed on from a County record of 1:10.06 over 100m Freestyle, a 4.06 second improvement on the 2013 record. ¬†Kelly touched 9th with Michelle Neal coming 12th in a personal best long course time, within the 2020 GB Masters qualifying standard.

Full Team Luton results are here.