Report on Midland Masters

posted 25 May 2011, 10:41 by Oxford Masters   [ updated 25 May 2011, 10:45 ]

Report from Tim on the Midland Masters Championships

Newbold Comyn pool was the venue for The Midland Master’s Regional Championships. Eighteen swimmers entered this meet in order to pit themselves against the best swimmers in the region.

Once again the opening event 400m freestyle proved to be very popular with the squad with six entries; Gold medals were won by Chris Marsh in the 25-29 years (4:32.97), Jo Eaton 30-34 years (5:10.80) and a Silver by Chris Scotcher 65-69 (6:58.09).

Saturday morning saw the session start with 400m IM for which there were three Club swimmers. David Denny 35-39 Age Group, swam a very impressive time of (4:55.08) to secure the Gold medal. Chris Marsh 25-29 also achieved Gold in a New County Age Group record time of (5:12.19). Alan Thompson 25-29 secured the Silver (5:30.01).

Zsuzsanna Felvegi won her age group 30-34 100m Fly (1:18.32). In the corresponding male event we had four swimmers who all medalled. Graeme Spence 25-29 years swimming faster than at Gloucester and again going sub 60 thereby returning a Gold medal swim with a time of (59.42), Chris Marsh was the runner up in the same age group with a swim of (1:05.52). Matt Gomez 45-49 was the Silver medallist with a swim of 1:09.05. David Hall 65-69 age group also secured Gold in a time of (1:41.75).

Graeme Spence 25-29  was soon back in action, securing gold and a New County Age Group record in the 200m Breaststroke with a time of (2.32.63), supported by Matt Gomez 45-49 who won Silver with a time of (2:49.57).

The “Blue-Riband” event, 50m freestyle saw the emergence of “The Boys from Brazil” in their debut appearances in the United Kingdom. Marcos Vieira 25-29 secured Gold with (24.67) his Brazilian cohort, Romulo de Lazzari 25-29 secured a Bronze (25.10) in a closely fought encounter.

Zsuzsanna Felvegi 30-34 had a Bronze medal swim of (1:09.67) in 100m Freestyle. The Men’s 100m Free followed and The Club’s success continued with Marcos Vieira 25-29 (55.13) securing a Silver medal,  Romulo de Lazzari secured the Bronze medal with (57.80), not to be outdone Matt Gomez 45-49 won Silver (1:01.91) and David Hall 65-69 Gold with (1:25.36).

Chris Marsh 25-29 secured Gold with a swim of (32.32) in the 50m Back.

The 100m IM saw four Club swimmers in action and they secured three Gold medals, Matt Gomez 44-49 (1:09.95), Alan Thompson 25-29 (1:11.93) and David Hall 65-69(1:42.56).

The ladies 200m Freestyle saw another clutch of medals for The Club, Zsuzsanna Felvegi 30-34 Silver in (2;30.96), Maggie Smith 50-54, New County Age Group record and Silver in (2:36.97), Kirsty Harvey 35-39 Bronze (2:50.04) and Barbara Kolbert 60-64 Bronze (3:50.01). In the corresponding male event Graeme Spence 25-29 continued his medal winning ways with Silver (2:04.18).

The Men’s 100m Back saw further success for Romulo de Lazzari 25-29 (1:06.92), Chris Marsh Silver same age group in (1:12.08) and a Gold for Chris Scotcher 65-69 with a swim of (1:41.77).

Barbara Kolbert 60-64 secured Silver with a swim of (53.48) in the 50m Breaststroke.

Two Silver medals were won in Men’s 50m Breaststroke by Marcos Vieira 24-29 (32.87) and Chris Scotcher 65-69 (51.72).

Graeme Spence 24-29 dominated the 200m IM to secure the Gold medal and set a New County Age Group record of (2:16.07).

There were only a few events left, the swimmers were tiring, would the medal tally be improved upon….and could we tease just a little more out of our weary bodies?

The answer came with a very positive response from both “The Chrises” in the 200m Backstroke, Chris Marsh 25-29 winning Gold with a swim of (2:32.74),a New County Age Group record and Chris Scotcher 65-69 also winning Gold in (3:44.59).

The Ladies 50m Fly saw Silver success for Maggie Smith 50-54 with a swim of (35.38). The Men’s 50m Fly followed and Marcos Vieira 24-29 achieved Silver (27.14) and was closely followed home by Chris Marsh (28.35) in the same age group.

In the first session of Sunday morning Chris Aust (who was on his way to Coventry to attempt to qualify for Senior nationals) stopped by to swim in the 4 x 50m freestyle 100+year relay, the quartet were never opposed led off by Chris Aust (24.10), Chris Marsh (25.29), Rumelo de Lazzari (24.16) and brought home by Marcos Vieira (24.50) set a New County Age group record of (1:38.23), breaking, the previous record  by over 1 sec which had also previously been held by us.

The mixed 4x 50m medley 100+ relay saw the Club secure a Silver medal with a quartet of Romulo de Lazzari (30.04), Marcos Vieira (32.43), Zsuzsanna Felvegi (34.08) and Jo Davies (30.07) (2:09.58).

Other COSC Swims;

400m free:

Zsuzsanna Felvegi         F30-34              5:22.59

Kirsty Harvey                F35-39              5:56.67

John Darby                   M40-44             5:42.39 

200m Breast:

Matt Gomez                  M44-49             2:49.57

50m Free:

Zsuzsanna Felvegi         F30-34              31.64

Maggie Smith                F50-54              31.92

Jo Davies                     F25-29              31.99

Chris Marsh                   M25-29             25.79

Jon Darby                     M40-44             30.70

David Hall                     M65-69             35.93 

100m Free:

Jo Davies                     F25-29              1:10.88

Chris Marsh                   M25-29             58.33

John Darby                   M40-44             1:10.74

100m IM:

John Darby                   M40-44             1:23.04

200m Free:

Chris Marsh                   M25-29             2:09.24 

50m Breast:

Ruth Grice                     F25-29              40.55
100m Breast:

Ruth Grice                     F25-29              1:28.48

50m Fly:

Zsuzsanna Felvegi         F30-34              33.89

Kirsty Harvey                F35-39              37.30

Romulo de Lazzari          M25-29             28.70               

The COSC Master’s squad of 18 swimmers competed in 67 individual swims, setting 6 New County records, 20 Regional Champions, 17 Runner’s up and 6 bronze medals. This was a magnificent achievement by all those who competed and augers well for our next outing National Long Course Championships at Leeds 17th -19th June 2011. You should be very proud of these achievements, but armed with caution please remember you are only as good as your next swim…don’t be complacent.

Coach Tim

Entry forms 

Also find in the 'Entry Forms' page the forms for Barnet Distance Meet on 16th (800m only) and 17th (100,200 of all strokes and IM plus 400 free and 400IM). These meets are well run with a warm-up/down pool constantly available and Barnet is only an hour down the M40.  Enter by the 1st July.

Thanks to Tom P for the other form, a series of Open Water swims in Jersey over the summer - would make a nice weekend away!