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Judy Wilson Sets Three World Records, Jane Asher Adds Another as British Masters Tune Up for World Championships -- May 18, 2004

By Andy Wilson

LEAMINGTON, England, May 18. BRITISH Masters swimmers were in record-breaking form at Leamington Spa as they limbered up for the World Masters Championships.

The Midland District meet, which ran from Friday to Sunday, May 14-16, is traditionally one of the premier early season short course (25 metres) British meets. This was also the last chance for most of the swimmers for a competitive workout prior to the World Championships.

Outstanding was the newly aged-up Judy Wilson, who set records in all of her seven individual swims, including three world record times, in the 60-64 group: the 50m (34.45) and 100m (1.16.41) butterfly, and 100m freestyle (1.10.53). She was joined in the 100m freestyle by the evergreen Jane Asher, whose 1.16.45 was a WR in the 70-74 group.

European records were claimed in the ladies' events by Jayne Ball (50-54 400 freestyle in 5.17.34) and Wilson in the 200 free (2.38.37), 400 free (5.50.14), and 200 fly (3.09.88), and in the men’s events by Alan Jackson (65-69 200 back in 2.54.20) and Nick Gillingham (35-39 200 breaststroke 2.19.83).

In addition 14 individual British records were set, along with three relay records.

RECORDS SET AT THE MIDLAND DISTRICT MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS, HELD AT LEAMINGTON SPA ON FRIDAY--SUNDAY 14-16 MAY 2004

WOMEN

50 freestyle 40-44 Hayley Bettinson 28.25 British
60-64 Judy Wilson 32.26 British

100 freestyle 60-64 Judy Wilson 1.10.53 WORLD
70-74 Jane Asher 1.16.45 WORLD

200 freestyle 50-54 Jayne Ball 2.28.98 British
60-64 Judy Wilson 2.38.37 European

400 freestyle 50-54 Jayne Ball 5.17.34 European
60-64 Judy Wilson 5.50.14 European

50 butterfly 45-49 Margaret Smith 32.51 British
60-64 Judy Wilson 34.56 WORLD

100 butterfly 60-64 Judy Wilson 1.16.41 WORLD

200 butterfly 60-64 Judy Wilson 3.09.88 European

200 medley relay 160-199 Kenilworth Masters 2.15.68 British

MEN

400 freestyle 65-69 Geoff Stokes 5.09.96 British

200 breaststroke 35-39 Nick Gillingham 2.19.83 European

50 butterfly 50-54 Steve Wall 28.99 British
65-69 John Tennant 32.90 British

100 backstroke 50-54 Trevor Clark 1.09.13 British

200 backstroke 65-69 Alan Jackson 2.54.20 European
80-84 John Davis 3.55.00 British

100 IM 75-79 Allen Miles 1.32.96 British

200 IM 65-69 Alan Jackson 3.03.53 British
80-84 John Davis 4.27.83 British

200 medley relay 200-239 Kenilworth Masters 2.02.80 European
280-319 FHM Birmingham 2.51.34 British