Masters star at Ponds Forge

Maggi Tuck earned top ten finishes in all her events, including silver in the 50m backstroke.
Maggi Tuck earned top ten finishes in all her events, including silver in the 50m backstroke.

A team from Long Eaton Swimming Club impressed once again as they competed at the British Gas ASA National Masters and Senior Age Group Championships at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.

Most successful swimmer of the weekend was Helen Gorman in the 40-44 years age group, breaking her own British record for 200m breaststroke and taking the equivalent mark for the 200m individual medley. She also won gold in the 50m breaststroke, silver in the 400m IM and bronze in the 50m freestyle.

Elizabeth Simpson, swimming in the same age group, took silver in the 200m backstroke, bronze in the 200m freestyle and behind Gorman in the 200m IM, as well as top ten finishes in the 100m backstroke, 400m freestyle and 50m butterfly.

Maggi Tuck (50-54) set personal best times on the way to top ten finishes in all her events, culminating in silver in the 50m backstroke, whilst Mary Holland (65-69) took bronze in the 50m freestyle and fourth in the 440m freestyle.

There were also individual top ten placings for Laura Marinelli (25-29 years 400m freestyle) and Helen Akers (40-44 50m and 100m freestyle).

The squad put in their usual strong performance in the relay events, striking gold in the mixed 4x200m freestyle and the women’s 4x100m freestyle.

The women’s 4x100m mMedley team had a storming swim on the Friday night to go two seconds faster than the previous world record but had to settle for second place on this occasion, and in the 50m equivalent they took bronze. There was also a silver medal for the women’s 4x50m freestyle team.

Masters coach Dave Akers said: “I’m extremely happy with the exceptional performances all round, especially in the relays, and the number of best times set was very encouraging.”