Seven swimmers who train at the 21st Century sessions at the Deben Pool, Woodbridge put in some tremendous performances at the Newmarket Open Masters Championships on Sunday winning 26 medals between them. For four of the swimmers it was all about returning to competitive swimming after long absences.
Dan Connick, representing Deben powered to four gold medals in the 40-44 years category in the 50m backstroke, 100m breaststroke, 100m front crawl, and 100m individual medley and added silver in the 50m breast, bronze 50m butterfly and was 4th in the 50m front crawl. Making a comeback after 14 years, Andy Ellis ( Deben ) stormed to victory in the 30-34 years age 50m fly, 100m front crawl, and 100m IM. He was narrowly beaten into second place in the 50m front crawl. David McCartney ( Team Ipswich ) had a clean sweep of golds in his 65-69 years 50m back, 100m front crawl and 100m IM. McCartney’s 50m back time of 41.52 seconds is the 4th fastest so far in 2016 nationally in his age. Nancy McLachlan ( Deben ) won a brace of golds in the 40-44 years 400m front crawl and 100m front crawl. McLachlan set a new personal best time of 6.06.63 in the 400m. Gemma Cannon ( Felixstowe ) made a stylish masters debut winning the 18-24 years 50m backstroke and setting P.B’s in three of her freestyle races; 100m 1.14.38 ( 3rd ), 200m 2.37.66 ( 2nd ), 400m 5.25.45 ( 3rd ). Cannon also won silver in her 50m front crawl.
Andy Wright ( Stowmarket ) clinched three silver medals in the 55-59 years 50m back, 100m breast and 100m front crawl, and bronze medals in the 100m back and 100m IM but had to settle for 4th place in the 200m front crawl. Geoff Eagles made an impressive return after an absence of around 10 years and with only a months training behind him winning silver in the 60-64 years 100m breast and 50m fly and a 4th place in the 50m breast.
Photo from left to right; Geoff Eagles, Nancy McLachlan, Gemma Cannon, Dan Connick, Andy Wright, Andy Ellis and David McCartney.