SWIMMING: Records tumble for Putteridge SC

The Putteridge SC Masters squad
The Putteridge SC Masters squad

Putteridge SC sent a team of 13 swimmers to compete in Sheffield at the end of October for the National Senior Age Group and Masters Championships.

The event saw Lewis King, Graeme Crowston, Lawrence Palmer, Jordan Batson, Miriama Owens, Paul Blessing, Paul Constantin, Paul Brignell, Mark Wareham, Carrie Page, Andy Haestier, Simon Router and Emma McDonald compete at their first ever national competition

The competition saw more than 1,000 swimmers aged over 18 competing for national glory in their respective age groups, pushing themselves to break English, British and World records.

Both the men’s and women’s events feature world class fields, including gold medallists from this year’s FINA World Masters Championships in Kazan, Russia.

All the Putteridge swimmers achieved what they had set out to, whether it be a personal best or record, as well as the usual medal haul.

Lawrence Palmer had an excellent weekend with gold in the 100m IM, 200m IM and 50m breaststroke which also saw him achieve another British record as well as a silver in the 50m butterfly.

Meanwhile, Lewis King claimed bronze in the 400m IM, Miriama Owens won bronze in the 100m freestyle 35-39 age group with an amazing time of 1.01mins, while Jordan Batson took bronze in the 50m breaststroke and silver in the 100m breaststroke.

With a rapidly expanding Senior Age Group and Masters squad that has now surpassed 40 swimmers, the club has seen many more members wishing to compete.

They are now looking to qualify for the LEN European Masters Championships held at the London Aquatic Center next May.