The PSUK Swimming Team fielded a healthy 14 strong squad at the British Masters Championships over the weekend of 27th-29th October. The event being the pinnacle of the short course swimming calendar in the country which saw 1550 competitors across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland take to the waters of Ponds Forge. The event has grown so much in size that it occupies 3 full days of events across 2 x 25m pools, men in one and women in the other.
The first event of the championships was the mixed 1500m freestyle a gruelling 60 lengths of the pool; Richard EVANS (Ret Met) was on excellent form picking up the silver in the 50-54 age group, narrowly missing out on gold by just over a second. The medals followed in close succession with Claire Thorn (West Mids) bagging a handful of medals in the 45-49 age group; silver in the 200 breastroke and bronze in the 200 & 400 freestyle and 100 breastroke events.
Aimee RAMM had a good weekends swimming with a full set of medals in the 35-39 age group; gold in the 100 freestyle getting under that golden 1 minute! silver in the 50 freestyle and bronze in the 100 butterfly.
Sarah WHITE (Surrey) attacked the 400 Individual Medley and was awarded a silver for her efforts in the 35-39 age group.
Other squad members all had top 8 placing's.
PSUK were successful in the relay events winning medals of all colours;
In the 120-159 years age group; Tom ALLEN (Kent), RAMM, Vicki STANDEN (West Mids) and Dave JOHNSTON (PSNI) powered their way to gold in the 4 x 100 freestyle.
Silver medals were won in the 100-119 years age group 4 x 50 mixed medley relay by Helen CUMBER (Met), Sara GAMBLE (West Mids), JOHNSTON and ALLEN as well as the 4 x 50 women's medley relay of; CUMBER, GAMBLE, RAMM and Gabi KENNEDY-HILL (Met). The men's 100-119 years age group of the same event also took the silver medal consisting of; ALLEN, Todd ALSOP (Met), JOHNSTON & Nigel GASKIN (West Mids)
With a bronze being taken by ALLEN, CUMBER, RAMM & JOHNSTON in the 4 x 50 mixed freestyle relay. The ladies 160-199 years 4 x 50 medley relay also achieved bronze medal position featuring; Delyth CUNNAH (Ret Scotland), THORN, WHITE & STANDEN. The team now look forward to a winter training programme to get them fit for the 2018 PSUK championships in Liverpool 21/22nd April.