Gloucester Masters – 3rd April 2011
Ten swimmers from City of Oxford Masters made the short trip west to Gloucester last weekend for their annual Masters meet and enjoyed a day swimming in a fast pool as well as contending with the gala announcer’s ‘interesting’ wit and repartee.
Graeme Spence proved to be the fastest swimmer at the meet, winning the 25-29 years 50m butterfly in 27.27 and then putting in a burst just short of half distance to pull ahead of his rivals on the way to posting a winning 2.01.10 200m freestyle. He also broke the minute on the 100m butterfly, touching in 59.56.
There were two new County Records in the women’s 55-59 50m (31.23) and 200m freestyle (2.37.72) for Sue Hodge as she took gold in both these events. Sue should be a great addition to our relay teams for meets later this year.
Jo Eaton won the women’s 30-34 400 freestyle in a well-paced 5.11.17 and also took silver in the 100 free (1.07.06) and 50 backstroke (34.95). Zsuzsanna Felvegi was third behind Jo in the 100 (1.08.76) and gained silver in the 400 freestyle (5.21.47) and 50m butterfly (33.21) during the morning session. In the afternoon, she won the 200 freestyle (2.30.82) and 100 fly (1.17.27), whilst taking a further silver in the 50 free (30.85). Also in the 30-34 age group, Simon Joyce finished second in the 400 freestyle (4.36.26) and third in the 100 freestyle (1.00.18).
The 400 freestyle proved popular with COSC swimmers, as we also took gold in the men’s 35-39 event through Eamonn Deeley who came through strongly at the end to record 5.12.82 and silver and bronze in the women’s equivalent through Kirsty Harvey (5.53.78) and Claire Vallance (6.00.84). Alan Beggs took silver in the 45-49 age group (6.49.8).
Kirsty landed gold in the 50 fly (36.96) and bronzes in the 100 free (1.17.3) and 100 IM (1.25.9) with Eamonn taking silver in the 200 freestyle (2.29.58) and bronzes in the 50 freestyle (30.46), 50 breaststroke (38.25) and 100 breaststroke (1.27.4).
Other COSC swims
100 freestyle: Alan Thompson M25-29 1.02.49
Eamonn Deeley M35-39 1.07.08
Alan Beggs M45-49 1.29.92
50 breaststroke: Kirsty Harvey W35-39 44.39
50 butterfly: Alan Beggs M45-49 48.02
100 IM: Alan Thompson M25-29 1.12.05
Full results are now on our website.
Bad news on the Open Water Swim Series (Marlow)
We’ll all have to start buying our own kiwi-flavoured Powerbars as sadly the Open Water Swim Series at Marlow which proved so popular last summer will not be happening this year, due to a ‘change in circumstances’.
However, there remains the F3 events series of 750m and 1500m open water events to be held on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer (18th May, 15th June, 13th July, 17th August) at Dorney Lake near Windsor. More details can be found in the ‘Entry forms’ section of our website.
Tim has also received details of a different series of Open Water swims, sponsored by Speedo, many in our local area. Though they may not be handily placed on a weeknight, they should offer good swims if mass-start events are your thing. Non-wetsuit swimming is permitted if the water is above 15 degrees C and waves are classified based on your estimated time (elite, performance and public). Dates/distances as follows:
28th May, Dorney Lake, Eton (750m, 1500m, 3.8k, 10k)
3rd July, Windsor (750m, 1500m, 3k)
17th July, Hampton Court (2.25 miles)
21st August, Marlow (R. Thames) (750m, 1500m, 3k)
11th September, Poole (750m, 1500m, 3k)
More information is here: http://swimseries.humanrace.co.uk/home. If more than 10 of us want to enter, we may get some money off the entry fee – so let Tim know.
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