A large contingency of the cream of Mid Sussex Marlins Masters swimmers took part in the South East Region Long course Masters championships over the weekend of 20th-21st January.
A strong group of 24 swimmers collected 25 golds, 20 silvers and 10 bronze in individual events, while the depth of the club was illustrated with an entry of 9 relay teams, gaining a further 3 gold, 2 silver and bronze with 2 meet records on top!
Masters compete against their own age groups whilst swimming in heats of like-ability standards.
Mid Sussex Marlins Masters were strong in all age groups, with 35-39 years, represented by Lisa Mills in her first Masters competition, winning her 50m backstroke event, and bronze for 100m breaststroke; Alison Gwynn entering her new age group 70-74 years, won all 5 of her events, each one a club record too and Anthony Gimson, representing the 80-84 years, won a gold and 3 silvers (and in case anyone thinks that age group must be slow needs to know that his remarkable 100m f/c time of 1.29.85 was for a silver)
The January meet is an opportunity for swimmers to try different events. Richard Arthur entered the 800m freestyle for the first time, earning a club record and bronze, in 11.26.86. Matt Disney attempted the 200m breaststroke and gained silver, whilst Graham Lock, of channel swim fame, won 2 golds in 200m and 100m breaststroke. Breaststroke is the favoured stroke of Judith McKerchar, winning 2 golds for 50m and 100m breaststroke. Sally Mills made a meet record with her 50m fly and a club record with 400m freestyle.
Ann Gale is a backstroker and braved the 200m backstroke for gold, winning a second on 50m backstroke. Diane Braid did exceptionally well in the 55-59 age group winning her first individual medal with 50m fly. Sarah Moore is also a butterflyer, and won 2 silvers for her 50m and 200m fly in the 40-44 years. Clare Chilton showed her stamina with 4 tough events, the 800m freestyle, 100m and 200m breaststroke and 200m IM; as did Gina Hobson with her 400m IM, 200m IM, 400m freestyle and 200m breaststroke, bringing her gold and 2 silvers and a 4th. Other medal winners were Victoria Oliver, Rose Dudeney, Mary Johnson, Dominique Weller, Jennifer Dean, Sarah Davison, Vicky Davies, Coral Wallis, Jill Rocky, Simon King and Matt Record (relay).
The women’s 240 years 100m freestyle relay team, of Sally Mills, Alison Gwynn, Jill Rocky and Coral Wallis will be going for a record at the GB championships in Plymouth, in June No pressure . Watch this space!