Our Masters had an outstanding weekend of results at the GB Masters held in Aberdeen. Five of our swimmers collected medals, 2 Gold, 4 Silver, 4 Bronze, whilst Sharon Collins registered the greatest personal improvement with one of her swims.
Karen MacKenzie, competing at the top end of her 40 – 44 years age group, was in spectacular form recording a personal best long course in each of her four swims. A sign of what was to come from the whole squad over the three days of competition came in Karen’s first event, the 100m Backstroke. She finished second in a time of 1:23.00; a new Beds Masters County record by almost half a second. It was Karen’s first ever medal on the national stage. Buoyed by that performance, Karen proceeded to finish 8th in the 200m Individual Medley, 5th in the 50m Backstroke and 8th in the 50m Freestyle. Each of these swims improved on her own Beds County records; her 50m Backstroke time of 36.68 seconds was a full second faster.
Despite still carrying a swollen ankle that had interrupted her training in the lead up to the competition, Sharon Collins knocked almost nine seconds off her 400m Freestyle time to finish 7th in the 50 -54 years age group. Sharon also finished 11th in the 100m Freestyle and 13th in the 50m Freestyle.
Club Chair, Glenda Mayes collected a silver medal for her swim in the 60 – 65 years 100m Freestyle and a bronze over 50m Backstroke. Glenda came 4th in the 50m Breaststroke and 7th in the 50m Freestyle.
Graham Powell successfully defended both of his 60 – 64 year age group’s 50m and 100m Backstroke GB titles whilst finishing second over 200m and in the 100m Butterfly. In the same age group, Colin Mayes finished 6th in each of his 50m, 100m and 200m Breaststroke races but had the consolation of a surprise bronze medal over 100m Freestyle.
Alastair Gibb came 5th in the 55 – 59 years’ 100m and 200m Backstroke and 6th in the 200m IM. In setting new County records by over half a second for his age group over 50m Backstroke and 100m Butterfly, Alastair claimed two further bronze medals for the club.
It was a truly rewarding weekend for all concerned and the results were a fitting testament to the coaching provided to the Masters by both Pauline Harrington and Jane Cattle. Thanks also go to the small group of travelling supporters, Matt Thompson, John Hillson and three generations of Karen’s family.