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19 Sep 2009

Spencer Swim Team’s women proved their international caliber at the European Masters Championships setting a new World record in the Women’s 4x 50m Medley.

The quartet of Grace Issac, Muriel Hitchcock, Diane Ford and Jean Howard-Jones were pushed all the way in the 280-319yrs category by Sweden’s Hallas Masters but Howard-Jones put in a powerful anchor leg (33.34) to bring the team home to victory in a new world mark of 2:57.99.

Team mate Amanda Heath continue to make her mark on the Championships, taking a gold and setting a new European record in the Women’s 200m Breaststroke. Health (Spencer Swim Team) powered home in 3:02.47, 13 seconds ahead of her nearest rival in the 50-54yrs age group.

In the same event Frances Penwarden (Kings Cormorants) took the title in the 55-59yrs category, as did Ford (Spencer Swim Team) in the 65-69yrs age group.

Jane Asher (King Cormorants) and Howard-Jones (Spencer Swim Team) continued their domination taking the Women’s 50m Freestyle title in the in the 75-79yrs category and 65-69yrs category respectively.

In the Women’s 100m Backstroke, Brenda Walker (Co Chester) took gold in the Women’s 70-74yrs category.

There were also silver medals for:
Kathleen Grimmer (Co Liverpool) Women’s 200m Breaststroke Age 80-84yrs
Wendy Szarenek (Carnegie SC) Women’s 200m Breaststroke Age 40-44yrs
Katie Louise Henderson (Reading Masters) Women’s 200m Breaststroke Age 25-29yrs
Lindsey Gowland (Brierley Hill) Women’s 50m Freestyle 50-54yrs
Barbara Morton (Southport SC) Men’s 100m Backstroke 75-79yrs
Dawn Palmer (Romford Town) Women’s 100m Backstroke Age 30-34yrs
Kings Cormorants Women’s 4 x 50m Medley Relay Age 240-279yrs

And bronze medals for:
Muriel Hitchcock (Spencer Swim Team) Women’s 200m Breaststroke Age 70-74yrs
Helen Jenkins (Southport SC) Women’s 200m Breaststroke Age 60-64yrs
Jennifer Merritt (Spondon Masters) Women’s 200m Breaststroke Age 55-59yrs
Thomas Walker (Co Chester) Men’s 200m  Breaststroke Age 70-74yrs
Neil Kemp (Hoylake ASC) Men’s 200m Breaststroke Age 40-44yrs
Margaret Wilding (Sussex Martlets) Women’s 50m Freestyle Age 70-74yrs
Susan Fraser (Free Style SC) Women’s 50m Freestyle Age 40-44yrs
John Tennant (Birmingham Masters) Men’s 50m Freestyle Age 70-74yrs
Arie Dekker (Hoylake ASC) Men’s 50m Freestyle Age 25-29yrs
Janet Stobie (Motherwell) Women’s 100m Backstroke Age 80-84yrs
Sussex Martlets Women’s 4 x 50m Medley Relay Age 200-239

CLICK HERE for full results from the final day of the swimming programme.


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