2020 Masters Meet Reports

Four More County Records

(Bracknell Masters – March 2020)

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!

Medals and records For Jo Mitchinson

(Welsh Long Course – February 2020)

Jo Mitchinson set an East Region and 4 new Beds Masters records in the 40 – 44 years’ age group with her winning swims at the Welsh Masters Long Course Championships.

Jo Mitchinson: Double gold medalist at the Welsh Long Course Masters

Jo’s 200m Freestyle time of  2:21.53 broke the East Region record by 6 seconds whilst her time of 2:47.62 in the 200m Butterfly set new figures for the County’s 40 – 44 years’ age group record. Her 100m splits of 1:20.82 and 1:08.23 were both new Beds records; Jo’s freestyle split breaking the record club mate Kelly Cooke had only set back in January.

Record Breaking Start To 2020

(South East Long Course – January 2020)

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.