Further World Records fall on day two of Masters
29 October 2011
Further World, European and British Records were broken on day two of the British Gas ASA National Masters and Senior Age Group Championships (25m), at Ponds Forge, Sheffield.
Day two of the event saw the opening day's record breaking streak continue with Birmingham Masters claiming a World, European and British Record in the Men’s 280-319 years 4x200m Freestyle final.
The World Record is in addition to the new European and British time the team set the previous day in the 4x100m Freestyle, when Alan Jackson joined the team in place of Mick Marshall.
Today's team of John Tennant, Keith Ingram, Mick Marshall and Graham Short said: “It feels really good to break the World Record. We’ve still got another team event to come, so we’ll have to see how it goes.”
European Records also fell in the 240-279 and 160-199 age categories, to the Trafford Metro Men’s teams, while Brighton Dolphins 72+ team set a British Record of 8:14.98.
Craig Norrey (Camphill) added a World, European and British Record to his two British Records from day one. Norrey swam a 28.08 to clinch the title in the Men’s 50m Backstroke for the 50-54 years age group, which joins his British Records in the 50m Butterfly and 100m Backstroke.
Meanwhile, Simon Veale (Totnes) set a European and British Record, in the Men’s 55-59 years 50m Backstroke. Veale touched in 30.47 to take his second record of the meet. Lee Peterson (Braintree) and Neil MacKinnon (Trafford) also broke British Records in the 35-39 and 70-74 years age categories respectively.
Helen Trippe (Winchester) claimed her second British Record of the meet - yesterday she broke her own British Record in the Women’s 65-69 years 100m Backstroke.
Today she broke the Women’s 65-69 years 50m Backstroke record, setting a time of 39.71.
Trippe said: “I’m very pleased to have broken the British Record, I had held it previously but Carol Fellows (Spencer) had broken my record, so it is very good to have won it back.”
In the 18-24 years category, Sarah Westwood (Woolton) claimed her second British Record of the meet in the 50m Backstroke, touching in a time of 29.69. Westwood had also broken the British Record in the 50m Butterfly during day one.
Westwood said: “Backstroke is my strongest stroke so it’s great to have broken the record in the 50m. I’ve still got a couple of races to come but I’m just really happy with how I’ve swam so far.”
Georgina Heyn (Ealing) also took her second record of the meet in the Women’s 25-29 years 100m Freestyle. Heyn touched in 56.27 to claim the top step of the podium and the British Record. Meanwhile, in the 55-59 years age group, Alyson Fordham (Romford Town) set a new British Record of 1:06.63.
There were two European and British Records broken in the 4x100m Mixed Medley finals, with Otter setting a new time of 4:13.95 for the 120-159 age category, while in the 160-199 age group, City of Oxford touched in 4:30.67.
Medals were also presented to the Trafford Metro Men’s 4x100m relay team, who set a new European and British Record. The team, which included Alec Johnson, Neville Barton, Graham Sadler and Steve Harding, set a new best time of 3:55.33 for the 200-239 age group.
Neville Barton (Trafford Metro) said, “We thought we had a good chance of getting the British Record, but we’re really pleased to have broken the European Record too. Harding (Steve Harding) swam a really quick last 100m for us.”
Further European and British Records were broken by Long Eaton and Spencer in the Women’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay. Long Eaton swam a 9:17.50 to break the record for the 120-159 age group, while Spencer touched in 11:25.06 to take the top step of the podium for the 240-279 years category.
The records continued to fall in the second session of the day, with Katie Henderson (Reading) setting a new European and British Record in a time of 2:35.72 in the Women’s 30-34 years 200m Breaststroke.
Karen Key (Northampton) and Jennifer Merritt (Spondon) also set British Records in the 35-39 and 60-64 years categories. Both swimmers also claimed the British Records for their age groups in the 200m Breaststroke on day one of the competition.
David Warren (Otter) broke his third British Record of the meet in the Men’s 40-44 years 100m Butterfly, setting a time of 58.10, while Stephen Mavin (Chatteris) claimed his second British Record in the 35-39 years category.
In the Women’s 100m Butterfly, Katie Ambridge (Hatfield) also took her second British Record of the meet in the 18-24 years 100m Butterfly. Ambridge touched in 1:00.99 to take the top step of the podium.
Another British Record was broken in the Men’s 65-69 years 800m Freestyle. Duncan McCreadie (St Pauls School) swam a 10:36.94 to claim the record, while John Harrington (Barnet Copthall) set a new British Record in the 75-79 years age category.
GB Police set a new World, European and British Record of 3:42.99 in the 100-119 years 4x100m Mixed Freestyle. Romford Town, City of Oxford and Gloucester Masters broke the British Records for the 120-159, 160-199 and 200-239 age groups.
GB Police Women’s 100-119 years 4x50m Medley team claimed a British Record in the third session of the day, touching in a time of 2:03.62. While in the Men’s 160-199 age group, Chatteris also took to the top step of the podium and set a new British Record of 1:51.83.
Caroline Saxby (Sedgefield) set a new European and British Record in the Women’s 25-29 years 200m Freestyle, swimming in a time of 2:01.89.
In the 100m IM, Georgina Heyn (Ealing), Sarah Westwood (Woolton) and Alyson Fordham (Romford Town) all claimed another British Record each in the 25-29, 18-24 and 55-59 year age categories.
Meanwhile, Judith Hattle (Harian Masters) set a new European and British time of 1:12.59 for the 50-54 years age group.
In the Men’s event, both David Warren (Otter) and Craig Norrey (Camphill) added another British Record each to their tally, touching in 1:00.46 and 1:04.39 respectively.
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