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Two World relay records shattered in Session 3

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Masters swimmers claimed two World relay records in the Women’s 4x100m Freestyle relays in Session 3 of the Swim England Masters National Championships 2017.

The first came at the hands of Birmingham Masters quartet. Anna McCall, Katie Walker Stabeler, Caroline Saxon and Justine Clarke shaved over a second off the previous World marker in the 100+ age group. They swam a collective 4:04.28, to eclipse the previous 4:05.61.

Barnet Copthall claimed the next record in the 200+ age group. Their team of Christine Porter, Melissa Cannon, Cate Jackson and Lisa Dawson were 32 seconds faster than second place. They too were over a second faster than the previous time, touching in 4:20.26 against 4:21.32

The final relay record came at the hands of Emma Shkurka, Fiona Marshall-Staines, Jane McMenemy and Gina Hobson. They represented Otter in the 160+ age group, and claimed a British record time of 4:12.74.

Palmer powers to European record in 200m Breaststroke

Lawrence Palmer of Putteridge dominated his age group to claim a new European record in the 200m Breaststroke in Session 3 of the Swim England Masters National Championships.

He put some real distance between himself and the rest of the 24-29yrs age group. He touched the wall well over eight seconds faster than Aaron Flynn who claimed silver. Putteridge lowered the previous European marker from 2:14.44 to an impressive 2:11.90 to take the title.

Flynn of Wellingborough touched in 2:19.53 for second place. Andrew Benson of Out to Swim claimed the final podium place with 2:28.03.

Newbury’s David Millburn was the only other male swimmer to break a record in this event. He lowered the British marker in the 55-59yrs age group to 2:29.23 from 2:40.08.

Gorman smashes second British record in 200m Breaststroke

Cardiff Masters swimmer Helen Gorman continued her fantastic performance on day one. She followed her 100m Individual Medley British record in Session 2 with a second record-breaking swim in the 200m Breaststroke. Gorman took just under a second off the previous 45-49yrs British record of 2:43.30 with a swim of 2:42.38.

In the 60-64yrs, Spencer’s Amanda Heath took three seconds off the previous British record of 3:10.81. She was 0.4 seconds away from breaking the European record, claiming gold with a time of 3:07.70.

Audrey Cooper from Silver City was second to the wall with 3:18.76 and was followed by Sara Perry from Cally Masters with a time of 3:23.16

Georgina Heyn of Teddington was the final woman to break a 200m British record. She sliced a second off the previous 30-34yrs record of 2:34.10 with a time of 2:34.10

Mike Hodgson continues on World Championship performance

Following his ground-breaking performance at World Championships where he took five titles, including one  in World record time , Mike Hodgson of Guildford City has continued to excel at the Masters National Championships.

Beginning with a British record in the 100m Individual Medley in Session 2, Mike broke his own British record of 1:01.18 with a new time of 1:00.67 in the men’s 50-54yrs 100m Butterfly. This was two seconds before Spyros Georgallides of Birmingham Masters who touched in 1:02.47 for silver.

  • Click here to view full results from Session 3 of the Swim England Masters National Championships 2017.