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Top East Region Male Team In GB Masters 2022 Decathlon

Congratulations to Graham Powell, Dave Wright, Alastair Gibb and John O’Rourke who collectively achieved 23rd position in the 2022 Decathlon Male Masters’ Team competition to finish as the top placed team in the East Region

L-R: Dave, Alastair, Malcolm, John & Graham

Our Ladies team came 71st out of 374 clubs despite only participating in just 23 out of a potential maximum 40 qualifying place.

Read here for further details.

Three National Masters Titles For Graham Powell

Graham Powell claimed six medals, three Eastern Region and five Beds Masters record from his six swims at the English National Masters.

Graham Powell: Triple Gold Medalist @ 2022 English National Masters

However the ten – strong squad all produced notable performances. Dave Wright was our other medal winner as a total of seven Beds County and twelve Club Masters records were broken. Advancing years proved no obstacle as some of our Ladies swam their fastest ever times in Masters events. Read here for a detailed report.

Two East Region Masters’ Champions

Karen MacKenzie and John O’Rourke were both crowned Backstroke champions as the small squad of the Club’s Masters who chose to compete in advance of the National Short Course Championships later this month returned from Newmarket with thirteen medals.

L-R: Karen, John, Lorraine, Sam & Alastair

A detailed report (together with successes from other Masters’ meets earlier in the year) may be accessed here.

FOUR Individual British Masters Champions

The 2022 British Swimming Masters Championships held in Aberdeen saw four Team Luton members crowned individual champions.

L-R: Colin Mayes, Sharon Thompson, Kelly Cooke, Dave Wright, Karen MacKenzie, Graham Powell, Sam Bradley & Malcolm Barton

Kelly Cooke, Karen MacKenzie, Dave Wright and Graham Powell spearheaded a weekend that saw the squad of eight competitors win 6 Gold, 5 Silver and 3 Bronze medals whilst setting 4 East Region, 15 Beds County and a total of 20 Club Masters records. Read here for a full report

Masters’ Travels Reap Records And Medals

Five of our Masters travelled in various directions during the first quarter of 2022 to compete, all returning with medals of varying colours.

Bracknell and Swansea were the two destinations which reaped a new Beds County record for Dave Wright and new Club Masters’ records for Dave, Colin Mayes and Sam Bradley.

Welsh Masters Medal Winners: Sam Bradley & Karen MacKenzie

A report (with a link to the full results) may be accessed here.

Matt Wright In Three Events At British Championships

Academy Coach Matt Wright qualified to compete in three events at the 2022 British Swimming Championships held in Sheffield 5th – 10th April.

Matt swam in the 200m Butterfly, 100m Freestyle and 200m Freestyle. He recorded personal best times of 52.59 seconds and 1:55.22 in the two freestyle races, setting new Club records in both events


New Club Records and Individual Personal Best Times

Congratulations go to Lyla Howard and Matt Wright on being the Club’s first swimmers in 2022 to break Club records in their respective age groups.

Whilst these club records have to be claimed, it’s been heartening to see as we return to more regular competitions so many of our members  achieving personal best times at the various recent Swim Meets held at Inspire, Hatfield etc. These are recorded automatically by British Swimming and may be viewed on the website.

Not to be outdone by our younger swimmers, Colin Mayes and Dave Wright also broke two of the Club’s Masters records at the Bracknell Masters meet in March. Dave’s 200m Freestyle time was an improvement on his own Beds County record for the 60 -64 years’ age group.