British Masters Championships Swansea 2014

The British Masters Long Course Championships took place 13-15th June 2014 at the Wales National Pool in Swansea; it last being held there some 11 years ago (seems like only yesterday!). A record number of swimmers took part in the 3 day programme of events; 13 hour days demonstrated how many competitors there were.

A slightly depleted PSUK team of 9 took part and although small were still able to feature in the medals table with every team member winning at least 2. Geoff Boddie, Merseyside won the 40-44 200m breastroke and later in the weekend went on to take silver in the 100m event.

Nigel Gaskin, West Midlands took part in the first event of the weekend taking silver in the 35-39 1500m freestyle and later that day won bronze in the 200m IM. Newcomer to the team, Gemma Horwell, Derbyshire who like Gaskin is also a distance swimmer was 2nd in the 25-29 1500m freestyle and 3rd in the 400m event the following day.

Team Manager, Claire Thorn, West Midlands was 2nd in both the 40-44 100m and 200m breastroke events. Aaron Jones, GMP in his first outing for the team was 2nd in the 25-29 50m breastroke.

Sarah Hempenstall, Surrey was 2nd in the 35-39 400m IM with Vicki Standen, West Midlands 3rd in the 30-34 50m freestyle and also the 50m breastroke events; and Paul Frith, GMP 3rd in the 40-44 100m butterfly.

PSUK took 2nd place in all 3 of the relays they competed in; Standen, Thorn, Horwell & Hempenstall in the 120-159 years 4 x 50m freestyle; Gaskin, Frith, Jones & John Kirby (Met) in the men's equivalent race. Kirby, Boddie, Hempenstall & Horwell in the mixed 4 x 50m medley relay.