Masters bring home 15 medals from Open

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Long Eaton Swimming Club was represented at the recent 2013 Midland Open Masters Championships in Leamington Spa by a small but competitive group that returned with an impressive haul of 15 medals.

Helen Gorman (40-44 age group) was just short of breaking her own British record whilst taking gold in the 200m breaststroke, adding to victories in the 100m breaststroke and the 200m individual medley.

In the same age group, Helen Akers came away with a silver medal in the 100m freestyle, and bronzes in the 200m freestyle and 50m butterfly.

Maggi Tuck (50-54) took silver medals in the 100m butterfly and 200m freestyle and bronze in the 100m individual medley and 50m backstroke.

The newest member of the squad, Briony Johnson (25-29) in her first outing for the club, secured a bronze medal in the 200m backstroke.

Contributing to the haul on behalf of the men, Andy Burnes (55-59) won gold in the 50m butterfly and 50m freestyle and silver in the 100m individual medley, whilst Matt Leach (35-39) took third in the 100m freestyle.

Masters coach Dave Akers said: “I was pleased with the performances of the squad, which were great preparation for the National Championships in Plymouth in six weeks’ time.”

See the club’s website www.longeatonsc.org.uk for details on how swimmers of all ages can join up.