Masters swimmers break multiple records on day three

28th October 2012

Further World, European and British Records were broken on the final day of the British Gas ASA National and Senior Age Group Championships (25m), at Ponds Forge, Sheffield.

Craig Norrey set a European and British Record in the 50m Backstroke touching home in podium position with a time of 27.92, for the 50-54 age category. Norrey commented on his performances,

The highlight for me this weekend was receiving a PB in the 200m IM, although it wasn’t a Record I took 3 seconds of my lifetime best and believe it or not I only wanted it as a warm up.

Norrey added,

I was happy with my performance in this morning’s 50m Backstroke, I had a feeling it was a close call for a European Record.

Jim Rogers (Stalybridge) and Lee Peterson (Braintree) also set a British Record for their respective age categories, 60-64 and 35-39.

Alyson Fordham (Romford Town) continued her record count, setting a European and British Record in the 4x25m IM for the 55-59 age category touching home in 1:16.88. Fordham also set a British Record in the Womens 200m Freestyle (2:28.41).

Katie Birchall (City of Liverpool) and FINA World Masters 50m Backstroke Gold Medallist broke a British Record in the Womens 50m Backstroke finishing in a time of 30.10 for the 30-34 age group category.

Trafford Metro added to their medal collection claiming even more World, European and British Records. Swimmers Lucy Lloyd-Roach, Emma Ross, Laura Bowden and Sarah Healey took home a World, European and British Record in the 4x100m Freestyle in a time of 4:05.61 for the 100-119 age category.

The 4x100m Medley Team, Helen Sadler, Steve Metcalfe, Alex Johnson and Rachel Barton set a European and British Record in a time of 4:40.62, 200-239 age category.

Spencer swimmers, Amanda Heath, Diane Ford, Alison Gwynn and British Masters Champion Alison Nye set a new British Record in the womens 4x100m Freestyle for the 240-279 age category finishing in a time of 5:11.57. Nye said,

As a team we felt the race worked well, we all had personal times we wanted to achieve.

There were three British Records set in the Mens 4x100m Freestyle. Brighton Dolphins took the first in the 120-159 category with a time of 3:36.83. Gloucester Masters set the second in a time of 3:48.24, for the 160-199 age category. Teddington clinched the third with a time of 4:36.34 for the 240-279 age category.

The final session of the meet saw two European and British Records in the mixed 4 x 100m Freestyle for Trafford Metro and Gloucester Masters in their respective age categories, 160-199 and 200-239.

There were four British Records broken in the Womens 100m Breastroke. Karen Key (Northampton) in a time of 1:13.80 in the 35-39 age category and Spencer Swimmer Amanda Heath with a time of 1:25.68, 55-59 age category.

Jennifer Merritt and FINA World Masters 200m Breastroke Champion broke the third British Record in 100m Breastroke for the 60-64 age category touching home in 1:29.10.

Elaine Bromwich (Birmingham Masters) set the fourth in a time of 1:43.29 in the 70-74 age category.

The men equalled the womens four British Records in the 100m Breastroke. GB Police swimmer, Nicolas Polkinghorne touched in 1:05.70 for the 40-44 age category. The second record swimmer came from Michael Hodgson (Guilford) in 1:08.39, 45-49 age category. The third record was broken by Barry O’Brien (Oundle) in 1:14.79 in the 55-59 age category and the last record of the event was set by Carlisle swimmer, Graham Pearson in the 60-64 age category (1:16.78).

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