Hertfordshire Masters swimmers headed to Sheffield for the Swim England Masters National Championships that ran between the 25th to 27th October 2019. These Championships took place at Ponds Forge where the pool was split in half to create two 25m Pools, with women’s events taking place in one pool and the men’s events in the other pool.
Six Hertfordshire clubs were represented with swimmers swimming in individual events and relays. The clubs that had representatives were Bishops Stortford, Bushey, Hemel Hempstead, St Albans Masters, Stevenage and Watford.
Swimmers from Hertfordshire took home medals of all colours at the event with individual medals and relay medals up for grabs;
Hemel Hempstead put in 13 relay teams in total which meant they had teams in almost all age groups, their Men’s 240+ 4 x 100m Medley relay took Gold and won their age group gold by over 13 seconds.
St Albans Masters Men’s 240+ 4 x 100m Freestyle Team won gold for there age group in a tight race but topped there age group 3 seconds ahead of the silver medallists.
St Albans were again victorious in the 240+ Men’s 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay and took gold by 0.4 of a second ahead of the silver medallists in what proved to be a very close but fast event.
Overall Hertfordshire clubs put in a lot of relays and this proved to be fruitful because in the relays alone there were 3 Golds, 1 Silver and 3 Bronze medals.
Individual swimmers were also in the hunt for medals in their chosen events, there were swimmers across all age groups and most of these swimmers brought home multiple medals in their individual events.
Across the board there were 78 top ten finishes for our swimmers.
Some individuals that brought home multiple medals were Mike Foskett (Hemel Hempstead), Alison Binns (Watford), Elizabeth Bellinger (Bishops Stortford), Barry Chandler (Bishops Stortford) and David Pirrie (Hemel Hempstead).
Well done to all of our Masters swimmers.