Day three of the ASA Masters sees even more records broken

30th October 2011

Even more World, European and British Records fell on the third day of the British Gas ASA National Masters and Senior Age Group Championships, at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge.

Continuing their streak, GB Police broke both the European and British records in the Mens/Womens Open 200m Freestyle Team race, 100-119 age group. The team, consisting of Brian Steatham, Aimee Ramm, Hayley Bird and Nigel Gaskin, touched in a time of 1:43.59.

Aimee Ramm and Hayley Bird joined their fellow GB Police teammates Caroline Bell and Victoria Bates to take a further British record in the Womens open 400m Medley Team race (100-119 age group), touching in 4:36.92.

John Harrington of Barnet Copthall, took home the British record in the 75-79 age group of the Mens Open 400m Freestyle with a time of 6:17.02. Meanwhile in the Womens 400m Freestyle 25-29 age group, Sedgefield’s Caroline Saxby took the World, European and British record, finishing in 4:18.20.

The Womens Open 200m Butterfly 18-24 category saw Katie Ambridge (Hatfield) take her third British record of the meet, touching in 2:12.97.

Both the Mens and Womens Open 50m Freestyle races saw multiple records broken. In the Womens 25-29 age group, Georgina Heyn (Ealing) broke a further British and European record with a time of 25.66. Alyson Fordham of Romford Town (55-59 age group) finished in 29.92 to take the British record.

Meanwhile, Matthew Tutty of City of Salford in the 25-29 age group and Neil Mackinnon of Trafford in the 70-74 age group both took British records with times of 22.51 and 29.31.

In the 40-44 age group of the same race, David Warren (Otter) took his fifth British record of the meet for his time of 24:52. Warren said “I’m very pleased with my times and I’ve even surprised myself with some of them.

“It’s been a tough and tiring weekend and some of my times have suffered. But now I need to step up and try to get some European records.”

The morning session ended with more records broken in the Womens Open 400m Medley Team heats. In the 72+ age group, the Swindon Dolphins team consisting of Miriam Bermingham, Anna Roger, Kathleen Baker and Louise Maynard touched in 4:49.69 to take the British Record.

Northampton’s Karen Ross, Karen Key, Maria Kelly and Sarah Noble-Kendrick took the European and British records with a time of 4:35.57 in the 120-159 category. Amanda Heath, Diane Ford, Linda Brown and Carol Fellows for Spencer Swim Team took the World, European and British record with their time of 5:37.82.

The afternoon session started with two European and British records being broken. The City of Oxford team (David Denny, Sara Dykes, Marie Royal, Matthew Gomez) swam 8:53.53 to take the record in the 160-199 age group in the Mixed Open 800m Freestyle team race.

After the race the team said, “We’ve been training hard and the weekend has been tiring. We’re delighted with the records we’ve broken, especially as the last race the club won was by nine hundredths of a second in the Mens Open 200m Freestyle Team.”

In the 200-239 age group, the Camp Hill Edwardians team of Craig Norrey, Catherine Chase, Joanne Seymour and Steven Eggleton touched in 9:36.28 to seal the record.

Georgina Heyn had another successful race, taking home her fifth record of the meet in the Womens Open 50m Breaststroke 25-29 age group with a time of 32.25. Heyn said “Swimming here at Sheffield is an amazing opportunity to swim a short course as I don’t get to very often. As well as the records I’m really happy because I got a personal best in the 100m Freestyle.

“After this, I’m back into heavy training as I look forward to London next year.”

Karen Key (Northampton) achieved the British record in the 35-59 category touching in 34.21.

In the Mens Open 50m Breaststroke the 25-29, 40-45 and 50-54 age groups all had British Records broken. Chris Aust of City of Oxford touched in 28.84, Nicholas Polkingham of GB police touched in 29.90 and Salisbury’s David Bryant finished in a time of 31.54.

The final record of the day went to City of Sheffield’s very own Womens relay team. The team, consisting of Laura Campbell, Kim Jervis, Stephanie Hackett and Jenny Starling swam a time of 1:53.19 in the Womens Open 200m Freestyle 72+ age group.

A delighted Laura Campbell said “It’s been a successful weekend for the team overall so it’s nice to finish on a high. We had the record in our minds and thought we could do it if we really swam well. We’re really happy.”

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