Welsh Open Masters 2011

The PSUK swimming team competed in their 4th and final fixture of the season at the Welsh Open Masters in Swansea. This is an event that the team have competed at previously but not for a couple of years. Entry numbers were clearly down; however, this did not affect the quality swims produced by the team.

The highlight of the event was in the Mixed 4 x 100m medley relay. Hayley Bird, West Midlands led the team out in the backstroke leg with Laura Chidgey, Devon & Cornwall taking over for the breastroke leg Ed Clayton, Lancashire powerful fly leg propelled the team further into the lead & Brian Steatham, West Midlands stormed home doing the freestyle leg to take victory breaking the Masters World Record, (along with the European and British).
Individually 29 Gold Medals, 7 Silver Medals and 2 bronze medals were won. The team won all 9 relays that they competed in.

Team Manager, Claire Thorn, West Midlands, raced a total distance of over 3000 meters during the weekend, picking up 5 gold medals in the 200, 800 & 1500m freestyle and 50 & 200m breastroke.

Many others on the team won all the events they entered including;

Hayley Bird in the 50 & 100m freestyle, 100m backstroke and 50m fly; Sara Gamble, West Midlands in the 50, 100 & 200m breastroke and 400m freestyle; Brian Steatham in the 50 & 100m freestyle and 50m breastroke; Chris Panther, Devon & Cornwall in the 50 & 100m fly and 50m freestyle and Ed Clayton in the 50 & 100m fly.

Other gold’s were won by Nigel Gaskin, West Midlands in the 200 & 400m freestyle; Dave Morgan, Gwent in the 50 & 100m breastroke; Angie Fisher, West Midlands in the 50m freestyle and 50m backstroke; Ryan Long, West Midlands in the 50m freestyle.

Some excellent results which make for a great PSUK Championships in only 4 weeks time in Cardiff.

Team: Hayley Bird, Sarah Borley, Laura Chidgey, Ed Clayton, Angie Fisher, Sara Gamble, Nigel Gaskin, Ryan Long, Dave Morgan, Chris Panther, Brian Steatham, Claire Thorn


From Left: Ed Clayton (Lancs), Haley Bird (West Mids) and Brian Steatham (West Mids)