Our masters swimmers were in action at the Link Centre for Round 1 of the Wiltshire Masters on Saturday 18th February.
Welcoming Chloe Higgs to her first masters event and a return for Ellen Christmas, were the usual(?) team of Tracey Sharland, Marianne Bennison, Emily Moore and Paul Wise.
50m Backstroke was first up. Emily taking silver and Chloe in 4th for the 18-24 age group. Tracey and Elle took gold and silver in the 25-29’s. Paul weighed in with bronze in the 45-49’s.
Next up 100m butterfly. Emily taking bronze, with Chloe in 5th. Then it was the turn of Marianne, who with a swim of 1:29.71 set a NEW COUNTY RECORD! in the 50-54 age group. Paul picked up another bronze.
Our 120-159 (add up the ages) relay team of Elle, Tracey, Marianne and Emily took gold in the 4 x 25 medley relay, and as an observer I must say I’ve never seen Andrea Christmas get quite so animated over swimming. I can’t imagine what she was like when both her girls were swimming.
In the 25m breaststroke, Emily took bronze and Tracey gold.
100m freestyle, Emily silver, Chloe sixth, Tracey gold and Marianne missed out on another county record by 2 hundredths of a second. Paul added to his collection of bronze medals for the evening.
The team stands in sixth place in the table.
The atmosphere at these events is very relaxed (except for Andrea during the relay) and I would encourage anyone who is at all interested to contact Tracey and get involved.
Congratulations to everyone, a big well done to Marianne who made the papers see http://www.wiltsglosstandard.co.uk/news/15136595.SWIMMING__Marianne_Bennison_s_international_pedigree_helps_her_to_three_Wiltshire_Masters_titles/
Thank you to all the officials and organisers. Next rounds are:
3rd June in Trowbridge and 7th October in Salisbury