National records set by Potters Bar swimmer
PUBLISHED: 17:04 07 July 2010 | UPDATED: 17:29 07 July 2010
POTTERS Bar Swimming Club’s John Cunningham swam two of the fastest times set in the British Isles this year at the Herts Masters Gala on Saturday.
The club’s Masters Section won 18 gold medals overall, six second places and five third places at the event.
John, who has just moved into the 40 to 44 year age group, won the 50m freestyle in 25.37 seconds which broke the championship record and East Region record.
He also won the 50m butterfly in 27.02 seconds breaking the championship record.
Both of these times are currently the fastest times swam in Great Britain and Ireland for the age group this year.
Not to be outdone was Jackie Jackson who also broke two Championship records and an East Region record.
Jackson competed in the 70 to 74 age group and beat the championship record in 50m freestyle by over 20 seconds in a time of 40.92 seconds; that is also an East Region record. She also broke the championship record for the backstroke in a time of 52.05 seconds.
The men’s relay team of 4 by 25m freestyle, with a combined age over 165 years, broke the championship record in a time of 48.55 seconds.
The winning team was John Cunningham, Chris Andrew, Daryl Mason and Wray Shewell-Cooper.
At an average of just over 12 seconds per length, that is an amazing time.
The mixed medley relay team of Cate Jackson, Daryl Mason, John Cunningham and Dani Harrison won first place including personal best split times for John and Cate.
The ladies freestyle relay team of Tracy Seal, Bronwen Hardy, Dani Harrison and Cate Jackson won the 4x25m race.
Individual wins were notched up by Ian Bays (5), Wray Shewell-Cooper (2), Cate Jackson (2), Jackie Jackson (2), John Cunningham (2).
Personal best times were recorded by Jonathan Refson (2), Tracy Seal (3), Ed Lawson (2), Bronwen Hardy, Cate Jackson (2), Rob Sewell, Eugene Gormley (2), Andy Gardner (2), Julian Swindale and John Cunningham.
Former GB swimmer Cate Jackson celebrated not only two individual wins and two relay wins but also her birthday.
Gala secretary Martin Higgins said: “This is always a great event with a great atmosphere and it is a good opportunity to see if the year’s training pays off.
“We hope to field a bigger team next year, and we hope to enter some other competitions later in summer.”
Club coach Wray Shewell-Cooper said: “It is fantastic to see the Masters perform so well.
“They put in a lot of hard work over the year and it is good to see the rewards.
“They are setting a good example to the junior club swimmers with their enthusiasm for the sport.”
Club chairman Ian Bays added: “This is the first year of competing since they were children for many of our swimmers, and galas like this are great fun with all of us cheering our swimmers on.
“If we carry on like this we will need more pool time to practice.”
Andy Gardner said: “It will be good to see our Masters compete in our Club Championships at the end of September.
“We should give the youngsters a run for their money!”
Potters Bar Masters swim on Monday and Friday evenings.
Normal training times resume at Queenswood on Monday, September 6 at 8pm.
For summer training times please look at the website, www.pottersbarsc.co.uk and the link on the home page.
If you would like to know more about masters (25+) and seniors (18 to 24) swimming in Potters Bar contact Andy Gardner or Ian Bays with the details on the website.