There was a good start to the evening with a gold in the 4 x 50m freestyle mixed relay (200+) for Mark, Christine, Cate and Sean in 1:51.45. This was followed by a couple of silver medals - for James Hobsley (55/59) who swam a 1:14.41 in the 100 breast and for Cate Jackson (50/54) who went 34.64 in the 50 back. Also in the 50 back, another gold, this one for Elaine Blower (70/74) who swam 43.77. The evening finished with more relays and more medals.
And more medals on this the first day! Silver medals in the 200 freestyle for Cate Jackson (50/54) in 2:22.93 and Christine Porter (*55/59) in 2:28.31 and a great first place for Mark Reynolds (*50/54) in 2:03.93 nearly 3 seconds ahead of the swimmer placed second!
*Seriously though, I know these people and they are clearly lying about their ages!
So, the ASA Masters in Sheffield has started and the first event - the mixed 1500m free - produced 3 medals for Barnet Copthall swimmers. There were bronze medals for Rachael Coleman (20:31.16) and Simon Marsden (19:30.32) both swimming in the 40/44 age groups and a silver for ex-coach Andrew Swanston (30/34 - no, surely not?) with a 17:22.96. Congratulations to all three.