Ten Masters World Marks Tumble at British Short Course Nationals

SHEFFIELD, England, November 7. TEN short course Masters world records fell last week at the British Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) Masters Championships at Ponds Forge, held October 29-31.

IN addition, 29 European and 91 British marks were erased over the weekend. Here, courtesy of the British ASA, is a day-by-day account of the meet.

DAY ONE: Masters Nationals Opens With Two World Records

October 29. GREAT Britain’s Masters swimmers showed their class in Sheffield as two world, eight European and 13 British records fell on day one of the ASA Masters Championships at Ponds Forge.

World records were taken by David Cumming of Eastbourne and Rachel Barton of Aquabears.

Sixty-six-year-old David Cumming took the world standard for the men’s 200m butterfly (65/69 years) below the three-minute mark as he recorded a time of 2:59.62 seconds. He was a second clear of the previous record of 3:00.83 seconds held by South African David Mclachlan.

Rochdale-based swimmer Rachel Barton evened the tally for the ladies, lowering her own world standard in the 55/59 years 50m backstroke. She shaved 0.15 seconds off her previous best with a time of 35 seconds flat. She sealed the masters title with ease, finishing ahead of Lynne Tanner of Witney who clocked 39.25 seconds and Winchester’s Helen Trippe who took bronze in 39.94 seconds.

World Masters champion Lesley Wilde picked up two masters titles in European records times in the women’s 50m back and 200m individual medley in 33.84 and 2:39.26 seconds respectively.

Records broken on day one of the ASA Masters Championships are below:
WR*
David Cumming (Eastbourne) Men’s 200m fly 65/69yrs 2:59.62
Rachel Barton (Aquabears) Women’s 50m back 55/59yrs 35.00

ER1
Margaret Smith (City of Milton Keynes) Women’s 200m fly 45/49yrs 2:38.18
Judy Wilson (FHM Birmingham) Women’s 200m fly 60/64yrs 3:07.04
Derek Parr (Otter) Men’s 200m fly 60/64yrs 2:42.80
Lesley Wilde (Holywell) Women’s 50m back 45/49yrs 33.84
Lesley Wilde (Holywell) Women’s 200m IM 45/49yrs 2:39.76
Simon Veale (Totnes) Men’s 200m IM 45/49yrs 2:19.26

BR
Harold Dodd (Trafford Metropolitan) Men’s 1500m free 85/89yrs 34:20.91
Nuala Muir-Cochrane (Camden Swiss) Women’s 1500m free 40/44yrs 17:52.93
Verity Dobbie (Hadrian Masters) Women’s 1500m free 45/49yrs 20:14.12
Jonathan Audis (Marlborough) Men’s 50m back 19/24yrs 27.17
Christopher Brown (City of Bradford) Men’s 50m back 50/54yrs 30.74
Andi Manley (Marlborough) Men’s 200m IM 25/29yrs 2:05.66

* World records are also European and British records and are subject to ratification
1 European records also stand as British records and are subject to ratification

DAY TWO: Judy Wilson Snags A Trio of World Marks

October 30. FHM Birmingham’s Judy Wilson stole the show on day two of the ASA Masters Championships in Sheffield adding three world records to the European standard she set less than 24 hours earlier.

Wilson’s performances boosted the days’ record tally to five world, eight European and 27 British records.

The triple World Masters 2004 Champion won gold in the women’s 60-64 years 50m butterfly in 33.38 seconds, cutting over two seconds off the previous record held by Michie Doi of Japan.

Her second and third records fell in the over-240 years mixed 4x50m freestyle. The FHM Birmingham team of Wilson, John Tennant, Pauline Cooke and Bob Lord lowered their previous world mark by over half a second with a new best time of 2:04.58 seconds.

Wilson helped secure the team’s victory after setting a new world record time of 31.84 seconds in the opening leg, to better the standard set by Germany’s Christel Schultz in 2003.

Olympic medallist Nick Gillingham (City of Coventry) showed he’s still at the top of his game after setting a new world record in the 35-39 years 200m breaststroke. His time of 2:16.49 seconds lowered the benchmark set by USA’s Ron Karnaugh over two years ago.

It was a double celebration for Gillingham who set a new European record of 29.37 seconds in the morning session in the 35-39 years 50m breaststroke.

Masters legend Jane Asher (Kings Cormorants), who holds 13 of the 18 world records in her age group, shaved four tenths of a second off her previous best in the 70-74 years 50m butterfly to set a new record time of 39.44 seconds.

Lesley Wilde of Holywell boosted her European record tally at the Championships to three after setting a new benchmark in the women’s 45-49 years 100m backstroke event.

A full list of records broken on day two of the ASA Masters Championships is below:

WR*
Nick Gillingham (City of Coventry) Men’s 200m breast 35/39yrs 2:16.49
Judy Wilson (FHM Birmingham) Women’s 50m fly 60/64yrs 33.38
Jane Asher (Kings Cormorants) Women’s 50m fly 70/74yrs 39.44
Judy Wilson (FHM Birmingham) Women’s 50m free 60/64yrs 31.84
FHM Birmingham Mixed 4x50m free 240+yrs 2:04.58

ER1
Nick Gillingham (City of Coventry) Men’s 50m breast 35/39yrs 29.37
Alex White (Portobello) Women’s 100m fly 25/29yrs 1:04.10
Margaret Smith (City of Milton Keynes) Women’s 100m fly 45/49yrs 1:10.40
Paul Morris (Basildon) Men’s 100m fly 45/49yrs 59.63
Tara Hutt (Havant & Wat) Women’s 100m free 25/29yrs 57.65
Lesley Wilde (Holywell) Women’s 100m back 45/49yrs 1:10.64
Alan Jackson (Beaver Masters) Men’s 100m back 65/69yrs 37.96
John Jacey (West Wight) Men’s 50m fly 70/74yrs 34.96

BR
Simon Veale (Totnes) Men’s 400m free 45/49yrs 4:23.90
Harold Dodd (Trafford Metropolitan) Men’s 400m free 85/89yrs 8:19.50
Gail Strobridge (Beau Sejour) Women’s 400m free 19/24yrs 4:25.43
Samantha Calcutt (Loughborough Uni) Women’s 50m breast 19/24yrs 34.43
Jane Deards (Truro City) Women’s 50m breast 35/39yrs 35.45
Elaine Bromwich (Kenilworth Masters) Women’s 50m breast 60/64yrs 41.35
Chris Tidey (City of Cambridge) Men’s 50m breast 19/24yrs 28.14
Nick Polkinghorne (GB Police) Men’s 50m breast 39/34yrs 29.00
Alan Thomson (Forres) Men’s 50m breast 45/49yrs 32.24
Stanley Clarke (Romford) Men’s 50m breast 65/69yrs 37.35
Christine Parfect (Haywards Heath) Women’s 100m fly 60/64yrs 1:33.07
Ian Wallwork (Horwich) Men’s 100m fly 50/54yrs 1:05.09
Derek Parr (Otter) Men’s 100m fly 60/64yrs 1:10.72
Mark Reynolds (Barnet Copthall) Men’s 100m free 40/44yrs 53.95
John Tennant (FHM Birmingham) Men’s 100m free 60/64yrs 1:07.01
Joseph Phillips (Inverclyde Masters) Men’s 100m free 70/74yrs 1:10.38
Harold Dodd (Trafford Metropolitan) Men’s 100m free 85/89yrs 1:49.94
Chris Tidey (City of Cambridge) Men’s 200m breast 19/24yrs 2:16.98
Stuart Notman (Salisbury) Men’s 200m breast 25/29yrs 2:20.40
Graham Pearson (Hadrian Masters) Men’s 200m breast 50/54yrs 2:44.28
Paul Alvarez (Romford Town) Men’s 200m breast 70/74yrs 3:36.17
Alex White (Portobello) Women’s 50m fly 25/29yrs 29.01
Margaret Smith (City of Milton Keynes) Women’s 50m fly 45/49yrs 31.92
Christopher Brown (City of Bradford) Men’s 100m back 50/54yrs 32.07
Paul Morris (Basildon) Men’s 50m fly 45/49yrs 27.00
Ian Wallwork (Horwich) Men’s 50m fly 50/54yrs 28.06
Derek Parr (Otter) Men’s 50m fly 60/64yrs 31.05
City of Derby Mixed 4x50m free 76+yrs 1:42.08
* World records are also European and British records and are subject to ratification
1 European records also stand as British records and are subject to ratification

-Masters World Record Tally Hits Ten On Final Day of British Nationals

October 31. FORTY-somethings Simon Veale (Totnes) and Lesley Wilde (Holywell) and Nick Polkinghorne of the GB Police celebrated three world records as they pushed the world record tally to ten on the final day of the ASA Masters Championships in Sheffield.

Veale secured a new world standard in the 45-49 years 400m individual medley with a time of 4:54.89, knocking over two seconds of the previous mark held by American Greg Dozer. He also won the 45-49 years 800m freestyle event, in a new European best of 9:08.20 seconds.

World Masters Champion Wilde finished her Championships in style, adding to her three European records by winning the 45-49 years 200m backstroke in a new world record time of 2:34.50 seconds. Her time was almost two seconds faster than the previous record held by American Karen Einsidler.

Polkinghorne dominated the men’s 30-34 years 100m breaststroke, taking gold a clear three seconds ahead of the field and with it a new world record time of 1:02.85 seconds, almost a second below the standard set by America’s Roque Santos nearly five years ago.

Britain’s relay teams were also strong on the final day of the Championships as Marlborough Penguins, Worcester, Camphill Edwardians, City of Derby and FHM Birmingham recorded new British records in the men’s and women's 4x50m medley events and women's 4x50m freestyle.

A full list of records broken on day three of the ASA Masters Championships is below:

WR*
Simon Veale (Totnes) Men’s 400m IM 45/49yrs 4:54.89
Lesley Wilde (Holywell) Women’s 200m back 45/49yrs 2:34.50
Nick Polkinghorne (GB Police) Men’s 100m breast 30/34yrs 1:02.85

ER1
Nuala Muir-Cochrane (Camden Swiss) Women’s 400m IM 40/44yrs 5:25.18
Ivan Myall (Chelmsford) Men’s 200m back 55/59yrs 2:33.86
Alan Jackson (Beaver Masters) Men’s 200m back 65/69yrs 2:52.12
Nick Gillingham (City of Coventry) Men’s 100m breast 35/39yrs 1:02.62
Simon Veale (Totnes) Men’s 800m free 45/49yrs 9:08.20

BR
Gail Strobridge (Beau Sejour) Women’s 400m IM 19/24yrs 4:58.69
Tara Hutt (Havant & Wat) Women’s 50m free 25/29yrs 26.97
Mark Reynolds (Barnet Copthall) Men’s 50m free 40/44yrs 24.80
Stanley Clarke (Romford Town) Men’s 50m free 65/69yrs 29.14
Joseph Phillips (Inverclyde Masters) Men’s 50m free 70/74yrs 30.48
Eddie Riach (Hadrian Masters) Men’s 200m back 50/54yrs 2:24.54
John Harrison (Royal Navy) Men’s 200m back 90/94yrs 5:00.38
Tara Hutt (Havant & West) Women’s 200m free 25/29yrs 2:06.51
Nuala Muir-Cochrane (Camden Swiss) Women’s 200m free 40/44yrs 2:16.20
Simon Veale (Totnes) Men’s 200m free 45/49yrs 2:03.21
Harold Dodd (Trafford Metropolitan) Men’s 200m free 85/89yrs 3:55.27
Anthony O’Driscoll (Kenilworth Masters) Men’s 100m breast 45/49yrs 1:09.40
Neville Barton (Aquabears) Men’s 100m breast 50/54yrs 1:13.93
Paul Alvarez (Romford Town) Men’s 100m breast 70/74yrs 1:37.21
Diane Ford (Spencer) Women’s 100m breast 60/64yrs 1:31.50
Paul Morris (Basildon) Men’s 100m IM 45/49yrs 1:04.77
Aimee Bell (Nova Centurion) Women's 800m free 19/24yrs 9:07.00
Camphill Edwardians Women's 4x50m medley 76+yrs 2:07.99
Camphill Edwardians Women's 4x50m free 160+yrs 1:58.39
City of Derby Women's 4x50m free 76+yrs 1:53.92
Otter Women's 4x50m free 120+yrs 1:52.38
Marlborough Penguins Men’s 4x50m medley 76+yrs 1:46.75
Worcester Men’s 4x50m medley 100+yrs 1:49.81
Camphill Edwardians Men’s 4x50m medley 160+yrs 1:54.02
FHM Birmingham Men’s 4x50m medley 280+yrs 2:42.05

* World records are also European and British records and are subject to ratification
1 European records also stand as British records and are subject to ratification
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