British Masters Swimmers Tear Through European Record Books in Day Two of British Championships

MANCHESTER, England, June 16. DAY two of competition at the British Masters Championships and Senior Age Group Championships saw four European records broken in the pool.

Trafford swimmer Jill Jones, who competes in the 50-54 age group, claimed two European and two British records in the 200m butterfly and the 200m freestyle. She completed her heat of the 200m butterfly in a time of 2:48.87 seconds. In the freestyle she smashed the European record by two seconds with a new time of 2:24.99 seconds.

"It is fantastic to break records," said Jones. "I really am thrilled. After breaking the British record earlier in the year I was hoping to claim the European in the butterfly today. But it was a real surprise to have claimed the record in the freestyle. I really didn't expect to swim that fast today. I am competing in more events over the weekend so I will be looking to build on my performance."

Veteran Willy Van Rysel (Spencer Swim Team) competed in the 90-94 age group and showed her strength in the pool by gaining a new European and British record in the 50m freestyle event. She competed in five events throughout day two of the competition including the 400m and 800m freestyle events.

"I was only expecting to get points and not to break records today," she said. "I am really pleased to have gained a European record in my first swim. I think I have performed ok today.

"I was very happy with my first swim but I just didn't push myself in my other events today. I have competed in five events and it has been tough and to have claimed a new European and British record is a good achievement."

Simon Veale (Totnes SC) broke the European and British record in the 200m freestyle with a time of 2:08.84. He continued to show his form from yesterday when he claimed a new British record.

"I really enjoyed that swim," said Veale. "It felt better than yesterday and I am pleased to have claimed that record. I came here looking for those records so I am happy. I am competing in more events tomorrow so I will be looking to carry on my success."

In the 200m medley relay Trafford proved dominate in the 200-239 age group to claim a European and British record in a time of 2:09.58.

The men's 50m freestyle event saw two British records claimed in the pool. Ealing's Charles Turner swam a time of 23.52 to claim his record in the 20-24 age group.

"I am happy with my swim," said Turner. "My performance was better than I thought it would be today, I swam much faster than expected. I am trying to get race fit for the nationals in July, I am looking forward to competing there."

In the 45-49 age group, James Morris of City of Chester took his British record in 25.88 seconds.

"That was a great result for me," he said. "It was quicker than expected but I felt good. I will be looking for an even stronger performance in the 100m freestyle tomorrow."

Four European, and nine British records were claimed on day two of competition.

Special thanks to British Swimming for contributing this report.

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