Nine members of Black Country n Potteries Masters Swim Club participated in the Staffs Masters Championships at Stafford on Saturday 7 March. Between them they chalked up 31 individual golds, 6 silvers and 1 bronze medal. The 4 relay squads were undefeated.
Tony Ward obliterated the 65-69 yrs, 25 metres Breaststroke County Record with a time of 18.58. This knocked nearly 10 seconds off the previous record established 24 years ago!
Anne Turner achieved 6 individual golds in the 35-39 yr age group, Justine Doody and Kath Tunnicliffe took 5 golds apiece in their respective age groups.
Newcomer to masters swimming, Claire Porter, impressed by taking all three county breaststroke titles in her 55-59 yr age group.
The women’s 200+ medley team: Tracy Ellis, Claire Porter, Lindsey Gowland and Anne Turner and the mixed 200+ freestyle squad: Anne Turner, Richard Woodall, Lindsey Gowland and Tony Ward both had the distinction of not only winning their own age group but beating all opposition in the one below, 160+.
Three members of the squad travel to Sheffield in April for the British Long Course Championships before travelling to Budapest for the European Championships in June. A number of club swimmers are expected at Gloucester in May for their annual meet.