ASA National Masters 2014

14 PSUK swimmers competed at the 2014 British Masters Short Course Championships in Sheffield between 24th and 26th October. The highlight of the team's weekend was in the 100-119 years relay team events. Hayley Bird, Brian Steatham (West Midlands), Aimee Ramm (Leicestershire) and Aaron Jones (GMP) broke the British Record in the 4 x 50m mixed freestyle relay in a time of 1min43sec.01 and the following day again in the 4 x 50m mixed medley relay in a time of 1min53.85.

Bird continued her winning streak in the 25-29 year age group winning all events she entered; 50m and 100m backstroke and the 50m and 100m freestyle. In the 30-34 year age group Ramm won the 50m fly, 50m and 100m freestyle and came second in the 100m fly events. Steatham collected a handful of medals in the 30-34 years breastroke and freestyle events; silver in the 100m free and bronze in the 50m and 100m breastroke and 50m free. Richard Evans (Met) had a good weekend in the distance events; picking up silver in the 1500m freestyle and bronze in the 400m Individual Medley in the 45-49 year age group.

Newcomer, Graeme Wilson (Scotland) competed in the 50-54 age group coming 2nd in the 200m freestyle and 3rd in the 100m fly. Picking up bronze medals were; in the 25-29 category Gemma Horwell (Derby) for her performance in the 1500m freestyle and Sarah Hempenstall (Surrey) in the 200m freestyle 35-39 age group.

Bird, Hempenstall, Shona Douse (Scotland) and Ramm swam to victory in the ladies 120-159 years 4 x 50m freestyle team. Other medal success was had in the 72+ years 4 x 50m mixed freestyle relay; Reyan Al-owaied (D&C), Sara Gamble (West Mids), Douse and Todd Alsop (Met) collected a silver medal.

Overall the team had successful championships in and out of the pool!