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Masters Championships end on a high note

20 Jun 2010
The final day of the British Gas Masters and Senior Age Groups Championships 2010 ended in style with more world, European and British records set at the Tollcross Leisure Centre in Glasgow.

Royal Navy’s Joanna Corben set a new European record in the Women’s 200m Backstroke (40-45 years age group) as she powered home in a time of 2:27.78. The 40-year-old swimmer now holds European records in the event in three consecutive age groups.

“It feels brilliant,” said Corben.  “I wasn’t expecting the European record – I knew that it was within reach if I swam really well but it was the British record that I was aiming for so this is even better.

“I’m not going to Worlds so ASA Masters in Sheffield is my focus for the rest of the year.”

Earlier in the day Corben also set her second British record of the Championships with a strong performance in the Women’s 100m Backstroke, touching in a time of 1:10.20.

Judith Hattle claimed a further two European records to add to her name in the Women’s 100m and 200m Butterfly events, where she took the titles in 1:10.71 and 2:45.81 respectively.

The 50-year-old, swimming for Hadrian Masters, will be competing at the FINA World Masters Swimming Championships in Gothenburg later this year and these Championships have prepared her well.

“I’ve had a really good weekend. Another European record: It’s fantastic to finish on a high note,” she said.

Croydon Amphibians set world records in the Mixed 4x200m Freestyle Team and 4x100m Medley Team events in the 200+ years age group. The quartet of Alan Parkins, Frances Penwarden, Esther Iseppi and Paul Hare touched home in 10:03.55 and 5:10.80 respectively to take the titles.

“We’re absolutely delighted,” said Penwarden. “This is the first time that the club has got a world record and it makes all of the training worthwhile.”

Teammate Alan Parkins added: “It’s the icing on the cake!”

The Mixed 4x200m Freestyle Team event saw world records also set by Spencer (100+ years) in 9:23.78, Otter (120+ years) in 8:57.53, Barnet Copthall (160+ years) in 9:31.25 and Spencer (240+ years) in 11:38.81.

World records were also set in the Mixed 4x100m Medley Team event by Spencer (100+ years) in 4:44.41, Otter (120+ years) in 4:29.63, Spencer (240+ years) in 6:04.74 and Spencer (280+ years) in 6:59.61.

Thomas Walker continued his winning ways as he broke the European record for the Men’s 200m Backstroke. The 75-year-old City of Chester swimmer finished in 3:17.95 to take gold.

Christine Porter was still on top form after yesterday’s European record as she swam to the title and a new British record in the Women’s 50m Freestyle event.

The Barnet Copthall swimmer, competing in the 50-54 years age group, swam an impressive 29.91 to beat the previous British record which has stood since 1996.

REN 96 were awarded the prestigious Coupar Trophy after taking the highest points total at the Championships.
 
“When we found out the Championships were going to be held in Scotland we knew that we had to win it,” said a delighted Chris Grabham, REN 96 coach.

“It’s been a great team effort and everyone has performed well throughout the weekend.

“For myself, it has been three years of coaching, seeing the squad go from about 20 members to 50 and this just makes it so worth it.”

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