British Masters Long Course Championships, Aberdeen. June 2022

Lindsey Gowland, Jacqui Mann and Kath Tunnicliffe all competed at the British Masters Long Course Championships in Aberdeen at the weekend weekend.

Kath took on the 100 Back on day one, with all three swimmers looking to sprint the 50m pool in the shortest freestyle event this evening.

Kath took the backstroke win in a time of 1:34.33, almost two seconds ahead of the silver medal swim. The ladies were on fire in the 50 Free too; Jacqui took 5th in the 50–55yr age group in 31.06 seconds. Lindsey took second place in 32.19 seconds (a time under the previous British Record) in the 65–69yr age group. Kath stormed to Gold in a time of 35.20 in the 70–75yr category.

Thoughts of challenging the British record in the Women’s 240+ Freestyle and Medley relays have had to be ‘put on hold’ because our fourth member – Barbara Boxall – is back at home recovering from a couple of fractures in her arm! All the best to Barbara and the rest of the squad!

Day two saw a very special swim from Lindsey as she took a new European Record in the 50 Fly. Her swim took over two seconds off the previous British Record.

Jacqui took to the pool for the 50 Back and 50 Fly, achieving 6th and 4th place respectively for her swims. Kath had a clean sweep of 1st place finishes for her day two races: 100 Free, 50 Back and 200 Back. And Lindsey took 2nd in the 100 Free, setting a fantastic if short-lived British Record!

Final celebratory photo Lindsey Gowland, European and British record, one gold and three silver medals in a red hot ‘world class’ age group. Kath enjoyed 5 gold medal winning performances following a stunning 17 day preparation period (much of it with leg action limitations) following pretty invasive surgery. Good job girls!

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