Ably marshalled by Team Manager Matt Gomez, Oxfordshire and North Bucks Masters took part in the South East gala of the Masters Intercounties contest in Guildford at the start of November. Results, once compiled with the other four regional galas, placed ONB in 20th out of 31 counties nationally.
Stand-out swims from Oxon and North Bucks swimmers which were enough to get top 5 places nationally were:
2nd Ryan Anscomb (CMK) Men's 18+ 50 fly 26.09
3rd Ryan Anscomb (CMK) Men's 18+ 50 back 27.26
3rd Peter Williams (COSC) Men's 25+ 50 breast 30.92
3rd Dave Denny (COSC) Men's 35+ 50 back 28.98
4th Matt Gomez (COSC) Men's 45+ 50 fly 29.40
5th Dave Denny (COSC) Men's 35+ 50 fly 27.70
5th Men's 72+ 4x50 medley relay 1.53.38
5th Men's 100+ 4x50 medley relay 1.51.92
Berks and South Bucks Open Masters Championships- Maidenhead
A small squad of five swimmers made the trip down the M40 to Maidenhead last weekend and returned with three County records and eight golds.
Swim of the day was Dave Denny's 200 butterfly where he lapped the rest of the fastest heat on the way to a new County record of 2.10.54 off of a 1.02.05 100 split and what looked like a pain-filled second hundred. The ovation from sections of the crowd was well deserved. Dave also took the 50 breast in 34.79 to score valuable points in our men's attempt at improving their current third place in the men's team standings in the 2011 ASA Masters Decathlon.
More vital Decathlon points were gathered by Graeme Spence, making two rare forays into backstroke. Graeme's 200m of 2.21.51 knocked 11 seconds off of the County record and was enough to take gold in the 25-29 age group. He also was the fastest 100 IMer at Maidenhead, winning in 1.04.42 and also took gold in the 50 back in 32.15.
For Ruth Grice it was a case of unfinished business after having broken the County record in the ladies 25-29 200 breaststroke at Sheffield only to be disqualified for an infringement at a turn. After a second in the 50 (39.55) and a third in the 100 breast (1.25.12), a new costume saw her win gold in the 200 and knock 5 seconds off her Sheffield swim and 10 off the County record to dip under 3 minutes in 2.59.70.
Simon Joyce took gold in the 30-34 200 breast in 2.47.16 and the 100 IM in 1.10.79, following a silver in the 200 free in 2.11.25. Alan Beggs came 8th in the 200 free and 9th in the 100.
Thanks as always to Tim for his support and coaching on the day. Results are now available: http://www.bsbasa.org/ and also on our Results page.
Congratulations to recent COSC Masters departee Bobby Oag, who won the 25-29 Men's 1500 free at the recent Scottish Masters 1500 Championships in a speedy 18.27.26.
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