On the 25th-28th of October, a team of 23 Masters from Mid Sussex Marlins (up from 17 in 2018 and 14 in 2017) braved either the British Rail network or the M1 (and in one case, a flight to Manchester airport) to arrive at Ponds Forge pool in Sheffield to compete in the Swim England Masters Short Course Nationals.
True to form the South Yorkshire weather was cold and miserable but the constant rain outside failed to dampen the team spirit on poolside or performances in the pool.
From 85 individual entries Marlins managed an impressive 59 top 10 finishes and came away with 26 medals – four gold, 14 silver and eight bronze. There were a further four gold, one silver and three bronze medals from 15 relay entries to round off a very successful weekend.
The Marlins’ club records were also tumbling, with new short course masters records being claimed by:
Alison Gwynn (400 Free), Clare Chilton (400 IM), Glenise Buck (100 Breast), Laura Howson (200 Breast, 50 Back, 50 Free and 50 Fly), Mark Salway (400 Free and 50 Breast), Rose Dudeney (1500 Free) and a special mention for Rose Stride, who managed to set 5 new individual club masters records during her 1500 free!
When all the swimming was done, and the dust had settled Mid Sussex Marlins Masters were sitting in 9th place of the top club points table. With 232 teams entered this was a superb achievement and one that all of the swimmers can be proud of playing their part in.