Masters Success at the Counties
September 17, 2018
Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire Masters Open Meet 16th September 2018.
A rather smaller team from Bracknell ventured to Maidenhead for the 2018 County Masters meet. Coach Jim had prepared them well, not only with the appropriate training schedules but also the confidence to race.
In all the 10 swimmers took home 21 Gold, 6 Silver and 3 Bronze medals from the individual events and one team Gold from their only relay event. In addition, there were three BWSC masters records broken.
Swimming in their first competitions for Bracknell were James Blaby, Emily Goodwin and Kerry Black. James was victorious in all his events with Gold from the 50m & 100m Freestyle, 50m Breaststroke and 50m Butterfly events. Emily took Gold in her 50m Breaststroke, Silver in her 50m Freestyle and Bronze in her 100m Freestyle events and Kerry with just one event, made it count with Gold in his 50m Breaststroke.
Chris Ehinger and Neil Holmes in the same competitive age group took away 5 medals, Chris’s were Silver in both the 50m Backstroke and 50m Freestyle with a Bronze in the 100m Freestyle and Neil’s were both Gold from the 100m Freestyle and 100m Backstroke.
Karen Bassett had some great results, two of her Gold medals came from dead heats each with a different competitor from the 50m Breaststroke and the 50m Butterfly, an outright victory in the 100m Butterfly and a bronze in the 200m Freestyle.
Terry Wright gained Gold in his 100m Freestyle and a Silver from both the 50m Breaststroke and 100m Individual Medley events. His events were so close he only had time to change costumes once.
Ian Daniel, fresh from football achieved Gold in his 50m Butterfly and Silver in his 50m Freestyle.
Nicki Thorpe was Bracknell’s most successful swimmer at the meet, 5 events, 5 Golds and 2 new Club Records. It started with the 200m Freestyle, to the 100m Induvial Medley, 100m Butterfly (record), 100m Backstroke (record) and finished with the 200m Individual Medley.
Simon Mellor was BWSC’s other record breaker, also from the 200m Individual Medley with of course Gold. This was preceded with Gold in both his 50m & 100m Freestyle events.
With a winning set of individuals, it was just right that Chris, Nicki, Karen and Neil took Gold from the Freestyle relay with a 1.3 second margin over the second placed team.
Next! The South East Masters Districts event on the 6th October, followed by the ultimate home event, the Swim England Masters National Championships in Sheffield 26th – 28th October.
Then in 2019.