ASA National Masters 2011


The British Gas ASA National Masters and Senior Age Group Championships (25m) 2011 took place at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield from 28th-30thOctober.

The 18 strong PSUK swimming team had a fantastic weekend breaking several World, European and British master’s records.

World, European & British Records were broken by Brian Steatham, Hayley Bird & Nigel Gaskin all West Midlands and Aimee Ramm Leicestershire in the Mixed 4 x 100m freestyle relay. Their time of 3.42.99 seconds was an incredible 9 seconds faster than the previous World Record.   The same four swimmers broke the European and British records in the 4 x 50m freestyle team in a time of 1:43.59.

relaysheff2011(Brian, Nigel, Aimee, Hayley)

British records were broken by Hayley Bird & Victoria Bates (West Mids), Caroline Bell (Lancs) & Aimee Ramm in the women’s 4 x 50m Medley relay. The ladies went on to also break the British record in the 4 x 100m Medley relay in a time of 4:36:92. The Men also broke the British record in the 4 x 100m Medley relay which consisted of Chris Jones (South Wales), Nick Polkinghorne (Devon & Cornwall), Brian Steatham & Nigel Gaskin.

The team also won gold medals in the following relays:

Mixed 4 x 50m Medley team – 100+ Hayley Bird, Caroline Bell, Matt Adamson (Staffs) & Brian Steatham and in the 120+ of Chris Jones, Nick Polkinghorne, Aimee Ramm & Victoria Bates.

Nick Polkinghorne won all his individual events in the 40-44yrs 50, 100 & 200m breastroke, Nick broke British records in the 50m breastroke in a time of 29.90 seconds and another British record in the 100m touching in a time of 1:06.31.

Hayley Bird did several personal bests and won the 25-29yrs 100m backstroke in a time of 65.59 seconds, the 50m backstroke in a time of 30.81 seconds, Hayley also came 3rd in the 50m fly.

Chris Jones had a successful meet winning the 40-44yrs 100m backstroke and coming 2nd in the 4x1 Individual Medley. Brian Steatham had an excellent weekend winning the 25-29yrs 100m breastroke in a time of 65.12 seconds. Aimee Ramm came 2nd in the 25-29yrs 50m fly.

Claire Thorn (West Midlands) had a good weekend in the 40-44yrs, coming 2nd in the 200m freestyle and 3rd in the 800m freestyle and 200m breastroke events. Alison Willis (West Midlands) came third in the 35-39yrs 4x1 Individual Medley.

Other relay medallists were:

Garry Dixon (Thames Valley), Sara Gamble & Ryan Long (West Mids) & Rachel Vallins (Dorset) who took bronze in the Mixed 72+yrs 4 x 50m medley team. Garry, Brian, Ryan & Nigel won silver in the men’s 4 x 50m medley team 72+yrs, in the same event 120+yrs Chris, Nick, Richard Evans (Met) & Matt won the bronze medal. In the Mixed 4 x 50m freestyle team 160+yrs, Nick, Alison, Claire & Richard won the silver medal.