SE Long Course 2016


Team Luton had an excellent competitive start to 2016, winning seven gold, three silver and two bronze medals at the South East Long Course Masters Championships, held in Crawley. The swimmers established six new Eastern region and ten new Beds County records in the process.

 In her Masters competitive debut, 43 year-old Karen MacKenzie won the 100m Backstroke in the 40-44 year age group. Karen’s time of 1:25:78 was just 0.67 seconds outside the County record for her age group. Having finished ninth in the 100m Freestyle, Karen ended her first swim meet back on the medals rostrum, winning the 50m Backstroke. Her time of 39:35 seconds was a new Beds County record.

Dave Wright was also in record breaking form, having just moved up into the 55-59 years age group, His winning time of 5:10:69 in the 400m Freestyle was over nine seconds faster than the old Beds County record. Dave proceeded to set new Eastern region and Beds County records finishing second in the 200m Butterfly in a time of 2:54:55. In a further demonstration of his endurance training over the winter, Dave Wright took over three seconds off the East and Beds County records winning the 400m individual Medley in a time of 6:15:06.

In his first races in the 60-64 years age group, Graham Powell established new Eastern Region and Beds County records over 50m, 100m and 200m Backstroke, with his winning times of 34:21 seconds, 1:16:28 and 2:49:82.

In the same age group, Colin Mayes claimed two silver medals (100m and 200m Breaststroke) and two bronze medals (50m Breaststroke and 200m Individual Medley). Colin’s time of 1:28:12 in the 100m Breaststroke was a new East Region and Beds County record. He also set a new Beds County record in the 200m Individual Medley and snipped 0.19 seconds off his age group’s 50m Freestyle county record.

John O’Rourke finished just outside the medals in the 45 – 49 year age group, coming 4th over 400m Freestyle, 4th in the 200m Backstroke and 5th in the 200m Freestyle.