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Sally Winter wrecks European record in session two

Bishop Stortford’s Sally Winter broke her own European record in the Women’s 55/59yrs 200m Freestyle in session two of the ASA National Masters and Senior Age Group Championships 2015 at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge.

It feels excellent! I wasn’t expecting it so I’m really surprised.

She knocked over a full second from her previous record, touching in 2:22.25 for a gold medal.

Winter commented on her new record: “It feels excellent, I wasn’t expecting it and I was really surprised, but I had Kate Jackson swimming in the lane next to me and she pulled me out in the first 100m, so that really helped.

“I’m doing a relay tomorrow and the 100m Freestyle tomorrow night, and this has helped a bit with my confidence. I wasn’t so confident coming into the competition, but now yes, more confident.

“My favourite things about these competitions is the camaraderie, seeing everybody from years of swimming. It’s fantastic seeing such young and old swimmers, a really diverse range of people.”

Sarah Collings of Sub 160 SC also broke a record in the 200m Free event, this time a British record in the 35/39yrs age group. She swam 2:09.85 for gold.

Four British records in the 200m IM

There were four British records taken in the 200m IM events, three of which came from the women’s competition. William Letch of Exmouth SC was the only male to take a record, swimming 3:17.55 for a win in the 75/79yrs age group.

In the women’s competition, Billingham’s Stephanie Blakeburn lowered her own British record to 2:14.98 in the 18/24yrs age group.

Joanna Corben of Fareham Nomads chipped a sizable three seconds off the current British record in the 45/49yrs 200m IM, she touched in 2:35.02 for a gold medal victory.

In the Men’s 200m Free, Paul Clements of East Leeds SC took a 50m Freestyle British record in the 45/49yrs age group.

Full Results

  • Click here to view full results from the ASA National Masters and Senior Age Group Championships 2015