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Three World Records fall in the relays on the first day of Masters

The first day of the British Gas ASA Masters and Senior Age Group Championships (25m) was rounded off in style with three World Records in the new Womens and Mens 400m Medley relays.

There had been several European and British records throughout the day but the Ponds Forge competitors had to wait until the last races until any new World marks were set.

In the Mens 100+yrs age category the City of Southampton quartet of Alistair Garmendia, Adam Jeacock, James Mactavish and Chris Osman finished in 4:18.58, after being pushed by the Otter team who took silver in 4:18.93.

The Otter Women went one better and Catherine Dobson, Natalie Efferney, Gina Hobson and Leonore Kelleher took the World Record in the 100+yrs age group in 4:34.19.

While in the 200+yrs Age Group Trafford Metro also set a world leading mark in 5:11.45 with Tracie Gorst, Geraldine Bolton, Jill Jones and Rachel Barton. As did Spencer Swim Team in the 280+yrs age group for the experienced Grace Issac, Muriel Hitchcock, Diane Ford and Carol Fellows.

In the 120+yrs age group there was also a new European mark set for Kenilworth Masters and in the 240yrs+ age group for another Spencer Swim Team.

There were also Mens European records for Otter in the 120+yrs age group in 4:00.59, Barnet Copthall in the 160yrs+ age group with 4:14.42, Truro City in the 200yrs+ age group in 4:36.30 and Spencer Swim Team in the 240yrs+ age group with 5:25.92.

Earlier in the day, Barnet Copthall’s Christine Porter swam to a new personal best and a European record time in the 100m Freestyle in the 50-54yrs age group.

Porter swam a good race to take the new record in 1:03.21 and she celebrated her achievement after getting out of the pool.

“That was quite painful but good to have got the record,” Christine Porter said.

“I really want to thank my club mates for getting me through the swims and the training during the winter. I swim with them four times a week and I came here to swim with the team and I was really hoping for some PBs today. I am just delighted.”

Zoe Cray (teamipswich), who took World and European marks at the Champs last year, continued her form in 2010, taking the Womens 100m Freestyle title for the 35-39yrs age group. She was the only competitor in her age group to break the minute mark and her 57.48 was the fastest of any competitor in the event, even Rebecca Fox (Long Eaton) who set a British recorded in the younger 30-34yrs age group in 58.53.

Fox said: “I am delighted with my swim. I changed a tactics for the race. I normally save a bit for the last 50 but I went for it from the gun and it paid off! I was hoping to get a good time, I've been knocking 0.1 seconds off my pb each swim so 58.53 was my target for next summer.

"I went to the World Masters in Sweden earlier this year but didn't perform as well as I'd have liked so to come back and swim like that has really spurred me on for the 50m free tomorrow and 50m fly on Sunday."

British Records set early on

The first British Record fell during the first round of competition at the British Gas ASA Masters & Senior age championships.

Arthur Lowe, who competed for Birmingham Metro in the 75-79yrs category, won his 1,500m freestyle final in a new personal best of 25:45:22.

“I was a little disappointed with my time. It was great to get a new British record but I was hoping to break the 25 minute barrier,” Arthur Lowe said.

“I swim four times per week, I used to play water polo but prefer swimming as it is a no contact sport! I also swim because it keeps me healthy and out of hospital.”

Zichen Liu swam to a new British record in the men’s 200m Backstroke as one of the youngest competitors. The Derventio swimmer had a good start but missed his first turn which slowed his pace, leaving him to finish in 1:59.82 in the 18-24yrs age group.

Afterwards he commented: “I really messed up my first turn which I am disappointed about. I know I can go faster as well.”

He also took gold and a new British record in the Mens 400m Medley team for the 072+yrs age group, along with team mates Christopher Steeples, James Lovatt and Kane Haggett.

The other British records set on the first day were:

  • Frances Penwarden (Croydon Amph) in the Womens 50m Breaststroke in the 55-59yrs age group with her 39.68.
  • Peter Jones (Clitheroe) in the Mens Open 200m Backstroke in the 40-44yrs age group with 2:13.09.
  • Stanley Vela (Ruislip Nwd) in the Mens Open 200m Backstroke in the 45-49yrs age group with 2:17.32.
  • Joanna Corben (Portsmouth N) in the Womens 200m Backstroke in the 40-44yrs age group with 2:24.81.
  • Swindon Dolphin in the Womens 400m Medley Team 072+yrs age group with 4:51.22.
  • City of Derby in the Womens 400m Medley Team 160+yrs age group with 5:06.16.

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