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

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

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