Spencer teams smash records on opening day of British Masters
13th June 2014
Spencer swimmers stormed their way to new European and British records in the mixed relay events on day one at the British Gas Masters and Senior Age Group Championships 2014 at the Wales National Pool in Swansea.
The first Spencer quartet of Cristian Rentsch, Diane Ford, John Webb and Esther Iseppi, dubbed ‘Spencer Stars 240’, raced home in 5:23.05 to claim their first European record of the meet in the Mixed 4x100m Freestyle team event - 240+ age group.
In the same event, fellow Spencer teammates the ‘Spencer Vintage 320’ also dominated their age group.
The team of Muriel Hitchcock, Grace Isaac, Richard Harding and Barney Miller touched home first in a new British record time of 9:20.90 to lift the 320+ age group crown.
Helen Gorman also started her meet off with a bang, setting new European and British record times in the 200m Individual Medley event - clocking 2:30.33 for the win.
The 40-44yrs age group swimmer from Long Eaton surpassed her closest rival by nearly 30 seconds on her way to victory, posting a time which would have won gold across every age group in the competition.
Records seemed to be the order of the day, with a further five swimmers posting lifetime best performances and positioning themselves at the top of the all-time British Masters rankings.
Otter swimmer, David Warren, put in an impressive performance in the 40-44yrs age group 200m Individual Medley, touching in a new British record time of 2:16.05 to take the title.
Also in the 200m Individual Medley, Birmingham Masters’ Alan Jackson (75-79yrs age group) swam over four seconds inside his entry time to claim the top podium position and secure his place in the record books.
Three British records also came in the Men’s and Women’s 1500m events.
Spencer’s Andrew Chamberlain touched home in 17:01.33 in the 40-44yrs age group. Matthew Breckon (Epsom Dist) clocked his record in a time of 16:21.61 for the 17-24yrs age group. And finally, in the 50/54 age group, Camp Hill swimmer Vicki Linton-Crooke claimed her British record with a time of 20:37.07.
For full results from day one, click here