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Barton rounds of Masters Championships in style

Rachel Barton rounded off her British Gas ASA Masters and Senior Age Group Championships in impressive style breaking a World and two European records in the Freestyle events.

Barton (Trafford Metro) became World leader in the 60-64yrs age group’s 100m Freestyle taking the mark from 1:09.95 to 1:09.10.

She was also part of the Trafford Metro 240+yrs Mixed Freestyle Relay team that set a European record with 1:59.45 and she lowered her own existing European record from 31.23 to 31.07 in the 50m Freestyle.

Barton said: “I am absolutely thrilled. I didn’t have the best preparation because we got taken outside at 4am this morning with a fire alarm in the hotel but I have trained hard for this. But you never know until you get into the pool.”

Elsewhere in the 50m Freestyle, Zoe Cray (team Ipswich) added to her list of records by taking the European mark to 26.38 in the 35-39yrs age group. Lindsey Gowland (Etwell) lowered her own British record by 0.20 seconds to 29.05 in the 50-54yrs category and Mark Reynolds (Barnett Copthall) took six one hundredths of his to make 24.12 the new British mark in the 45-49yrs age group.

Reynolds also set a European record in the Men’s 100m Freestyle with 52.90 in the 45-49yrs age group, in an event that saw Maxwell’s Craig Gibbons (48.30; 17-24yrs) and Gloucester’s Tony Cherrington (1:04.50; 65-69yrs) set British records. 

In the women’s 100m Freestyle there was also a British record for Gina Hobson (Otter) with 58.64 in the 30-34yrs age group and Julie Gibson (Etwall) in 59.82 in the 40-44yrs age group.

There was continued success for Alan Jackson. He took another European record in the Men’s 200m Backstroke with 2:59.35. “I was hoping to go under three minutes so I am really pleased,” he said. In the same event Eddie Riach (Milngavie) touched in 2:29.48 to take a British record for the 55-59yrs group.

Richard Stannard (Leatherhead) added to his record haul in the first event of the day, the Men’s and Women’s 800m Freestyle. Stannard powered home to 8:28.37, lowering the previous European mark for the 35-39yrs category by nearly 2.5 seconds.

He said: “It’s been an amazing weekend. I had a bad car accident earlier this year and I am normally a Tri-athlete so I had to change my focus. I have been coming back to the swimming pool and I have been getting lifetime bests. It’s been great fun too so I may do some more.”

There were also British records in the 800m for Keith Godbehere (Rotherham Mo) in the 75-79yrs age group with 14:10.22 and Stella Farrar (Arfon Mast) in the 50-54yrs age group with 10:33.31. Farrar had actually lowered the British mark for the 800m when she swam the 1,500m on Friday but was able to shave off nearly another three seconds in the event itself.

Farrar said: “That was a really tense event. On Friday I had no expectations but I didn’t want to go home today with only one record [the 1,500m] because Karen Jennings did an impressive 400m Free yesterday. So I took the brave decision to go and buy a Lzr Racer and it paid off.  Had I not been so tired I might have lowered it by more than three seconds but obviously I have done a lot of events.”

In the 400m IM Don Leader (Oddicombe) rounded off his Championships with a European record of 10.26.50 in the Men’s 85yrs+ age group, while David Cumming (Sussex Marts) did likewise with 6:38.19 in the Men’s 70-74yrs age group. There was a British record for David Holmes (Donc Dartes) with 4:30.05 in the 25-29yrs age group.

In the Women’s event Amanda Heath (Spencer) clocked a 5:53.80 British record in the 50-54yrs age group and Frances Penwarden (Croydon Amph) took the mark with 6:11.95 in the 55-59yrs age group.

Katie Henderson managed to take almost a second off the British record in the Women’s 50m Breaststroke in the 25-29yrs category to ensure she broke a record per day.

Spencer team mates 71-year-old Muriel Hitchcock (45.81) and 66-year-old Diane Ford (42.46) also lowered the mark in their respective 50m Breaststroke age groups. While in the Men’s event Newbury’s Dave Milburn clocked 31.82 in the 45-49yrs category for a new British standard.  

And Craig Norrey (Camphill Ed) managed to lower his own European record he set in March this year by taking the lead-off leg in the Mixed 4x50m Medley Relay and touching in 27.45. The 200+yrs Camp Hill Edwardians team missed out on the British record in that race by just two one hundredths of a second.

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European Champs 2016