2013 ASA Masters National Championships – Ponds Forge, Sheffield

What a great weekend for the Sevenoaks Tri Swimming at the 2013 ASA National Masters Championships at Ponds Forge Pool, Sheffield. This meet was held over three days (October 25 to 27).

Anne Raymond kicked off the weekend extremely well by arranging a pre-event pasta supper at an Italian restaurant on Thursday night where she was joined by Mike Wake, Clive Bradburn and Swim Rep, David Lawson. The pre-meet pasta load fuelled a medal tally of 2 golds, 3 silvers and 2 bronzes over the 3 long days of swimming.
David could only stay for the Friday morning session but achieved a good time in the Mens 50-54 1500m Freestyle resulting in a 6th place. Clive also competed in the 1500m freestyle, placing 6th in the Mens 65-69. He then stayed for the afternoon session and won his first ever National medal by coming 3rd in the 200m breaststroke (Men’s 65-69) and setting a new Kent Record in the process.
Mike and Anne competed throughout the weekend. Despite a DNF in his last 400m free event (failing to count his lengths correctly!! – that’s 16  lengths Mike for future reference!), Mike took home 2 golds (1500m free and 200m breaststroke) and 3 silver medals (100m & 200m free and 100m breaststroke) in the mens 70-74 age group! A magnificent achievement for a national event which included year PBs. Mike also swam the 100m IM and placed 5th.  
Anne doesn’t go for the easy events so following good swims in 200m breaststroke (PB – 6th place) the 200m backstroke (PB – 4th place) and then the 200m IM (seasons best – 4th place) she went for the big one- the 400m IM and succeeded in  winning the bronze medal in the ladies 50-54 age. (A word for Mike: although the 400IM is a harder event to swim than the 400m free, it is easier to count the lengths – 4 x 4 lengths of each stroke = 16 lengths!)
 A great success all round and above all a most enjoyable weekend.
(All records subject to ratification.)
Additional Note: The most impressive swims of the weekend were by 40-year old Kirsten Cameron (East Leeds), who had the second fastest 1500m swim of the day: 17:04.16. This outclassed most of the men that were swimming this event. She also swam the 800m free in 8:56.23 and the 400m free in 4:27.71. It was very amazing to watch.
Full results here -