East Region Masters – Newmarket – September 2017

The clash with the club championships this year meant a smaller team and with most swimmers giving up swims in the final session in order to get back to Flitwick to help or swim at the club champs.

None the less the team of 6 including 2 rookies to Masters swimming (Hayden Davies and Lauren Murphy) as well as Claudia Grant-Dawson, Alistair Shaw, Ian Murray and Liz Woolner managed 1 team bronze, 6 Golds, 4 Silver and 4 Bronze achieving 4 County records and one East Region record .

Ian Murray gained first place in the 400 meter freestyle as well as first place in the 50 backstroke with the time of 5.24.30 and 38.72 respectively.

Alistair Shaw achieved Bedfordshire record for the 200 breaststroke gaining a silver medal with a time of 2.52.53 wit h a bronze medal for the 100 individual medley.

Liz Woolner had an amazing swim meet with three first-place gold medals and an East region time for the 100 individual medley of 1.17.15.

The other team members consisting of Lauren Murphy, Claudia Grant Dawson and Hayden Davies all achieved medals, Lauren gaining a bronze and a silver, Claudia achieving one gold and one bronze and Hayden winning bronze and silver.

The relay team consisting of Liz, Lauren, Alistair and Hayden swam to a bronze victory.

More Master News – October 2017

Two of the clubs masters swimmers Ian Murray and Liz Woolner spent 3 days competing in the Swim England Masters Swimming Championships in Sheffield held from the 27th, 28th and 29th October 2017.

Ian started the medal collection on Friday morning with a silver in the 1500 free in an East Region record time. He also finished it with a silver in the 800 free on Sunday afternoon in a Bedfordshire record.

In between Liz won 3 gold medals (50 & 100 fly and 50 free) and 3 silvers (100 free, 100 IM and 50 back - missing gold in this one by just 0.01s). With the exception of the 100 fly, these were all swum in East Region record times. Liz was frustrated to miss the 50 fly British record by 0.02s but very happy to go under 29s for 50 free for the first time ever in her life.

Congratulations to our brilliant Masters Squad as they continue to achieve personal best times, medals and county and regional records.

James Handler
Press Officer