Four More County Records…..

A further four Masters’ Beds County records were broken at the 2020 Bracknell Masters meet with all six of our swimmers who competed sharing in the 16 medal haul.

L-R: Malcolm Barton, Karen MacKenzie, Jodie Armstrong, Michelle Neal, Kelly Cooke and Colin Mayes

Colin Mayes and Malcolm Barton registered a double act in the Men’s 65 – 69 years’ age group claiming the first two places in both the 100m Individual Medley (“IM”) and 100m Breaststroke. In the latter event both finished five seconds inside the old record that had stood since 2006, with Colin edging out Malcolm by half a second in a time of 1:31.48. Malcolm had the consolation of subsequently taking over 26 seconds off his age group’s 200m Butterfly County record.

After a troublesome shoulder injury, it was good to see Karen MacKenzie back to winning ways in the Ladies 45 – 49 years’ 50m Backstroke and 50m Freestyle. Karen also collected a bronze for her 100m IM.

Kelly Cooke was once more in record breaking form beating her own County record in winning the 40 – 44 years’ 50m Backstroke in a time of 36.61 seconds. Coming within less than 0.3 seconds of the County records in both her 50m Butterfly and 50m Freestyle, Kelly won a further gold and a silver medal. Team-mate, Michelle Neal claimed the silver and bronze medals in both of those events to go with a silver for her 100m IM.

Competing in the 35 – 39 years’ age group, Jodie Armstrong claimed a bronze medal for her 200m Freestyle. Finishing 4th in her 100m Backstroke, Jodie missed out on the  Beds County Masters record by just 0.08 seconds. However, she demolished the 5 year old 200m Backstroke record with her winning time of 2:51.80 – Jodie’s first County record!