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Otter set the pace on Day Two of Masters Champs

30 October 2010

Otter Swimming Club has plenty to celebrate after the second day of the British Gas ASA Masters and Senior Age Group Championships at Ponds Forge, after setting World, European and British Records in the Men’s and Women’s events.

They set the early pace in the 800m Freestyle Team relays, where it was all about setting benchmark times.

In the Women’s 100+yrs age group the quartet of Natalie Efferney, Gina Hobson, Michelle Senecal and Laure Bacher-Fuentes laid down a time of 9:03.90 for the rest of the world to chase.

Hobson said: “We’re pleased with that because it’s under our entry time [9:05.00] but you’d always like to go a little bit faster!

“All of the relay records are up for grabs so it’s nice to be able to put some marks down. The Americans have done some amazing times in some of the other age groups so it’s an advantage at the minute being in the younger age groups.”

Hobson then went on to set a World Record 3:45.99 in the 120+yrs age group Mixed 400m Freestyle Team along with David Roberts, David Warren and Leonore Kelleher.

There were more medals for Efferney too, as she continued her winning streak in the 200m IM lowering the British and European mark to 2:22.53 in the 25-29yrs age group.

The Otter men’s team also used the 800m Freestyle team event to set new European records in the 100+yrs, 200+yrs and 240+yrs age groups with their 8:15.07, 9:25.45 and 11:07.85 respectively. And Otter set another European mark with the 120+yrs Mixed 400m Medley Team in 4:14.16.

David Warren (Otter) was the fastest of all the men in the 400m IM and set a new British Record with his time of 4:40.74 in the 35-39yrs age group, to better the old mark by a tenth of a second.

“The record was very pleasing in the sense that I have tried to get it for the last five years and this was my last swim in the age group," David Warren said.

"I also didn’t know I’d got the time until I checked it – and it was such a strong record.”

And the secret to Otter’s success? “I defected last year and I’m really pleased with the squad I train with,” Warren added. “It’s a great team and we have such a strong presence, especially in the relays.”

Otter continued to break records as Susannah Rodgers set a new British Disability Swimming mark for the S7 category in the Women’s 200m Freestyle with her 2:43.38 as part of her journey to prepare for the DSE Swimming Championships in Sheffield in November.

“It was a good race but I’m a bit tired,” Susannah Rodgers said.

“The race was supposed to be a warm up for the 400m Free later. My better events are the sprints but I’ve been working on building up my stamina.”

Freestyle events produce more World and European marks

Some of the oldest competitors in the competition were not to be outdone, with Birmingham Masters setting a new World Record for the 280+yrs age group. The team of Alan Jackson, Arthur Lowe, Mick Marshall and John Tennant touched in 11:31.11.

And in the 400m Mixed Freestyle Team event, Great Britain Police’s Brian Steatham, Aimee Ramm, Victoria Standen and Nigel Gaskin took the World Mark for the 100+yrs age group with 3:52.76.  And Ramm and Steatham teamed up with Rachel Vallins and David Morgan to set a World’s best in the same category for the Mixed 400m Medley team in 4:21.05.

Duncan McCreadle (Maidenhead) showed his class in the Mens 200m Freestyle 65-69yrs age group, touching in 2:21.73 to take the European Record. While in the 70-74yrs+ age group William Letch (Exmouth) set a new British standard in 2:33.23.

In the sprint events there was a European record for Zoe Cray (teamipswich) in the Womens 35-39yrs with her 26.33. And Christine Porter (Barnet Copt) added to her medal haul yesterday with a 28.92 record in the 50-54yrs age group.

Best of the rest

In the Mens 200m IM Hatfield’s Sean Leahy was disappointed with his swim, even though a battle with Derventio’s Zichen Liu pushed him to touch in 2:03.80, a new British Record for the 18-24yrs age group.

“I was hoping to go a bit quicker – it was a bit slow, although it was a PB.  I was planning for faster but this will do for now,” Leahy said.

In the Womens equivalent race Judith Hattle continued her good showing at the Champs with a European and British record time of 2:37.42 in the 50-54yrs age group.

But for 79-year-old Jane Asher, one of the oldest competitors and Masters veteran, it’s about waiting for next year.

“I had a hip operation earlier this year and I haven’t really done much since,” she said. “I move up next year and I have been looking at the records and I think I could be in there.”

There were also European records for:

  • Great Britain Police,  120+yrs age group, Womens 800m Freestyle Team in 9:20.95.
  • Camden Swiss Cottage, 160yrs age group, Womens 800m Freestyle Team in 9:43.26.
  • Trafford Metro, 200+yrs age group, Womens 800m Freestyle Team in 10:27.47.
  • Spencer Swim Team, 240+yrs age group, Womens 800m Freestyle Team in 11:59.05.
  • Spencer Swim Team, 280yrs+ age group, Womens 800m Freestyle Team in 14:46.64.
  • Brighton Dolphins, 120+yrs age group, Mens 800m Freestyle Team in 8:30.17.
  • Trafford Metro, 160+yrs age group, Mens 800m Freestyle Team in 8:44.17.
  • Barnett Copthall, 160+yrs age group, Mixed 400m Freestyle Team in 3:57.29.
  • Gloucester Masters, 200+yrs age group, Mixed 400m Freestyle Team in 4:21.88.
  • Camden Swiss Cottage A, 160+yrs age group, Mixed 400m Medley Team in 4:43.64.
  • Hadrian Masters, 200+yrs age group, Mixed 400m Medley Team in 4:44.38.
  • Trafford Metro, 240+yrs age group, Mixed 400m Medley Team in 5:15.31.

There were additional British Records for:

  • Reading, 072+yrs age group, Womens 800m Freestyle Team in 9:23.56.
  • Derventio Excel, 072+yrs age group, Mens 800m Freestyle Team in 7:40.33.
  • Spencer Swim Team, 280+yrs age group, Womens 200m Freestyle in 2:55.14.
  • Derventio Excel, 072+yrs age group, Mens 200m Freestyle Team in 1:34.76.
  • Katie Birchall (Co Liverpool), 25-29yrs age group, Womens 50m Backstroke in 30.70.
  • Swindon Dolphin, 072+yrs age group, Mixed 400m Freestyle Team.
  • Trafford Metro, 240+yrs age group, Mixed 400m Freestyle Team in 4:26.39.
  • Swindon Dolphin, 072+yrs age group, Mixed 400m Medley Team in 4:20.99.
  • Calum McKinlay (Barnet Copt), 45-49yrs age group, Mens 400m Freestyle in 4:19.74.
  • Sarah Collings (Rushmoor Ryl), 30-35yrs age group, Mens 400m Freestyle in 4:33.29.

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