East Leeds swimmers enjoyed a record-breaking finish to the last two weekends of February. Our swimmers across three meets broke a combined 2 British Records, 2 Club open records and 20 age group records whilst racing in Blackpool, Billingham and Swansea.
Starting in Blackpool at the North West Masters championships Saturday 22nd Karen Graham lead the charge winning the 50, 100, 200 and 400 metre freestyle events taking the 200 and 400 metre events in new British Short course records. Steve Allen completed another East Leeds clean sweep taking all the backcrawl races in his new 60-64 year age group, setting new age group records along the way. New member Anna Cheesbrough laid down a marker winning the 50 and 100 metre fly races and picking up silver in the 200 metre free. Each swim was a new age group record, (subject to ratification) with her fly efforts also taking the ladies open marks, (again subject to ratification). Andrew Carr took the gold and the 50-54 club records in the 200 and 1500 metre freestyles. Jess Trewin continued the distance assault taking gold in the 200 and 400m freestyles. Jess’ 400 metre swim setting a new 30-34 club record. Our final record breaker on the day was Anthony Pearson claiming the club 60-64 records in the 50 metres free and breaststroke as well as the 100m breaststroke whilst picking up 5th, 2nd and 1st place respectively. Ben Shaw and Andrew Atkinson also competed picking up medals across their events on the day.
The following weekend 6 East Leeds swimmers made the trip up to Billingham where the records continued to tumble. Paul Clemence enjoying his comeback claiming new age group records in the 50 and 100m freestyle. Noreen Edery broke her own 200 metre medley age group record while taking top spot overall. A battle for household bragging rights ensued with Julie and Stuart Hoyle racking up the races across the course of the day. Julie in her return to racing came out on top after taking victories in the 50 metres free, back and breaststroke as well as the 100m back. Her 50 metre breaststroke time also shaving a fraction off the age group club record. Stuart picked up silvers in the 50 and 100 metre frees behind Paul. He also took silver in the 50 metre back and 100 metre medley. Nick Parkes completed the medalists with a silver in the 400m free. Ben Shaw notably put in a fine early season performance in his 400m free laying down a new short course masters best performance.
Wrapping up our great end to February James Barwick headed to the Welsh National Long Course masters meet in Swansea to get some valuable Long Course race practice in before Nationals in April. Across his 7 events he picked up the vacant 200m individual medley long course club record in the 35-39 age group whilst picking up 3 Golds (50 metre free and fly, 200 metre medley), 3 Silvers (100 metres free and fly, 200 metre back) and a Bronze (200m free).
Posted by: James Barwick