New world record for Long Eaton girls at Ponds Forge

Long Eaton's world-record setting team. Photo/Still Sport
Long Eaton's world-record setting team. Photo/Still Sport

LONG Eaton Swimming Club’s masters squad had a fantastic weekend at the British Gas Masters and Senior Age Group Championships at Ponds Forge, Sheffield.

They brought home one world record, two European records and four British records, in addition to 15 gold, three silver and seven bronze medals.

The ladies 160-199 years 4 x 100m medley team of Maggi Tuck, Helen Gorman, Becky Fox and Helen Akers stormed to victory in a new world record time, shattering by 11 seconds the previous record held by a team from Australia.

In the younger age category of 120-159 years, Akers and Fox teamed up with Laura Marinelli and Elizabeth Simpson to set a new British record mark, while Akers and Simpson were then joined by Pete Irving and Colin Prescott to take victory and a new European record in the 160-199 years mixed 4 x 200m freestyle relay.

Top individual performer was Helen Gorman (40-44 years) who won three gold medals in 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke, and broke her own British record in the 100m.

Mary Holland (65-69 years) was a double winner in 100m freestyle and 400m freestyle and there were also individual gold medals for Maggi Tuck (50-54 years) in 100m backstroke and Martin Sarsfield (60-64 years) in the 200m butterfly.

Sarsfield also won a silver medal in the longest event, the 1500m freestyle, whilst Helen Akers (40-44 years) was second in 200m freestyle.

Three bronze medals went to Pete Irving (45-49 years) in 100m and 200m freestyle and 200m backstroke, while Akers picked up one for 100m freestyle and Mary Holland for 50m butterfly.

There were five other victorious relay teams, made up with the addition of Kaye Arbon, Andrew Burnes, Greg Cherry and masters’ coach Dave Akers. There was also one silver medal winning team and 2 teams took bronze.

This was the last competitive outing for the squad before many of them travel to Italy in June for the World Masters Championships, where they have a number of further records in their sights.