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PBSC Masters break European and British Records at GB Masters !!

Our masters swimmers were in record breaking and medal winning form at the recent GB Masters Championships held in Manchester – Full report here and performance report here.

Jonathan Refson – Masters Swimmer of 2014

Jonathan Refson was voted Master of the Year 2014.

Jonathan had a great year competing in various Masters galas, the main one being the World Masters in Montreal, Canada where he PB’d in every event!

Well done JR!

Masters Medal Haul in Dublin

7 Potters Bar Masters swimmers travelled to Dublin over the weekend of the 18/19th October for the Annual Celtic Masters Gala, held at the National Aquatic Centre, Dublin.

They had some fantastic swims and swam many PB’s too.

Between them they won 25 medals and also won the Best Visiting Club award!!!

Here is a list of their achievements:-

April Richards – Gold in 200IM, 100IM, Bronze in 50m Fly,100m Fly & Mixed 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay

Martin Higgins – Silver 200m Breast & 50m Breast and Bronze in 100IM

Darren Hamshere – Silver 200m Free & 50m Free, & Bronze in Mixed 4 x 50m Medley Relay

Eugene Gormley – Bronze in 200m Free, Mixed 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay & Mixed 4 x 50m Medley Relay

Caroline Griffin – Silver in 200m Breast, 100 Breast, Bronze in 50m Breast & Mixed 4 x 50m Medley Relay

Dani Harrison – Silver in 50m Breast, Bronze in 100m Breast, 50m Fly, 50m Free, Mixed 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay & Mixed 4 x 50m Medley Relay

Mark Formby – Bronze in the Mixed 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay

Well done to them all, they have certainly put Potters Bar on the map!

Masters Swimmer of the Year Award 2013

Here is the full speech summarising the swimming year and concluding with the award.  Thanks Dani (and her secretary).

Competitions for 2013/2014

Please let John C know what you are planning to compete in during 2014, and if there’s anything else – Open Water etc..

This was the haul for 2013 (2014 schedule will be similar except Europeans won’t be in Eindhoven and GB long course is due to be Swansea):

South East Long Course – Crawley – February 9th/10th (Closing Date Jan 21st) link – done that!
Limerick Open Long Course: March 2nd/3rd (same as last year) link – done that!
Cardiff Masters Long Course: May 4th/5th
Dutch Masters Open – Eindhoven – May 3rd/4th/5th link – done that!
Herts Masters – June 2013 – done that!
British Nationals Long Course: July 2013 (TBC) – done that!
World Masters Games: Turin: Aug 2nd – 13th link – done that!
European Masters: Eindhoven: September 2nd link – done that!
Barnet Copthall Masters Sprints: September 22nd link – done that!
Club Champs 28, 29 Sept, 4, 5 Oct. link – done that!
Celtic Master – Dublin – October 19th – done that!
British Masters Short-Course – Sheffield (yet again!) October 26th link – done that!
Intercounties – November 18th – done that!

Please can you let John know what you will be competing in, and he’ll work the program towards those competitions.

If anyone wants to do a time-trial of an event they haven’t competed at before, please let John know and we’ll arrange something..

If you want to discuss, feel free to do so!

Many thanks, John

World Masters Games – Gold & Silver for Daryl

Daryl Mason and Julian Swindale entered the World Masters Games in Turin and Daryl came away with gold in the 50m freestyle in a time of 25.34 and silver in the 50m breast in a time of 31.77 seconds.  Julian swam a great 29.59 in the 50m free to take 6th place and 1:07.96 in the 100m free to take 10th place.  Not bad for oldies!  Full results here.

Masters Training Times

Please note that from January 7th masters swimming on Mondays is at Furzefield at 7.55pm till 8.55pm.  If the time is not convenient for you please try to use the other sessions on Wednesday, Friday and now Sunday.  Training facilities are under constant review.

Future Masters events

Masters Bulletin from Herts is out.

Herts Masters a Great Success for Potters Bar Swimmers

There were great swims and many gold medals won by swimmers from PBSC at the Herts Masters in Borehamwood where the team took second place to St Albans Masters.  Results and details are here and photos and video clips for those interested.

Some highlights were Jackie Jackson winning both free and back in the 70-74 age, Barbara Edlin winning four golds in IM, back, breast and fly in the 65-69 range, Ian with four golds in the same events but 60-64 age, two golds for Wray in the 50-54 range, two golds for Martin Higgins (45-49) in breast and IM and Daryl’s 50m free where he beat all age groups including the 25 year olds!  The relays were great fun if a bit hectic and rumour has it we won first place in two of them.  Some great swims from our first-time competitors Anne C, Caroline G and Darren H.

Looks like 18 personal best times, 13 “no previous time”, 16 first places, 13 second places and 10 third places with team points awarded to sixth place so all swims counted.

Many thanks to swimmers, helpers, officials and supporters from the club and special thanks to Bronwen for team managing us all on the night.  More details when we get them.

The Methi was fun afterwards too.

Back from Italy

The team of eight swimmers from the club plus supporters have returned with much enthusiasm and tales of exceptional swims.  John is now not only world champion at 100m fly but also at 50m fly in the 40 to 44 age group.  He also won a medal for 7th in the 100m free and 5th in 50m breast with a new club record.  Wray was the other medal winner in the 400m IM.

The summary of PB swims is here.  There really is too much to write on the website but we urge you to talk to any of those who went.  Personal bests from Eugene, Julian and Jonathan.  Lots of swims which gave a good ranking in the world from all (Daryl, Eugene, Julian, Wray, Ian, Martin, Jonathan and John).

Here are a few pics that give a flavour:

Off to Italy

Some eight masters from the club are off to the FINA World Masters in Riccione, Italy from 9th to 14th June.  Some are hoping for medals and glory while others just want to record a respectable time and not come last.

John Cunningham, Daryl Mason, Wray Shewell-Cooper, Jonathan Refson, Martin Higgins, Eugene Gormley, Julian Swindale and Ian Bays have been preparing for the events which will run at the twin 50m pools in Riccione near Rimini in Italy.

Two years ago John Cunningham broke a number of Irish records and became world champion in his age group for the 100m fly.  Who knows what they will achieve this time.  Here is a link to the website with the entries and results as they come through, and here is a link to a summary of events our boys are competing in.

More news as it comes in or on return.  Wish them luck as you wave them goodbye!

Herts Masters 2012

Date is set as Saturday 23rd June 2012 and will be at Borehamwood.  Entries now closed.  Great opportunity to swim with others of similar entry time and results are in 5-year agebands.  50m of each stroke + 100m IM and relays.  Great fun and a curry afterwards.  Book date in diary now!  Seniors (18 to 24) are also encouraged to enter and ideally enter a relay team or two.  Here are the entries.

Last year’s results are here.  The letter explaining this year’s competition is here.  We have confirmation that the events will be seeded so you are swimming with swimmers with similar entry times (rather than similar ages which happened last year as a mistake).  Ian Bays is coordinating entries from the club and will be entering a number of relay teams, so please make his life easier by emailing him which events you would like and if possible the entry times.  You will need to pay for individual events but historically relay entry fees are paid by the club.

Where would you like for the curry?  Methi in Brookmans Park, Pubali in the High Street or Chilli Raj in The Broadway?

PBSC Summer Open

Major licenced event for the club on 30th June.  Electronic timing.  Masters swim in the open agegroup so the events are 100m.  You know you want to…  Details on the Open Meet page.

Suffolk Masters. This was at Sudbury on Sunday 19th Feb and was good fun but sadly missed by most of our swimmers.  The two who entered (Nicola and Ian) were rewarded with a personal best time each and 7 gold medals and two silvers between them.  Electronic results coming out soon.  This would be a good one for your diaries mid February next year.  Short course, electronic timing, 50m and 100m all strokes, 100IM and a 200m freestyle (that two people interestingly chose to do a non-front-crawl stroke to get a recorded time – one back and one breaststroke).

Worlds Masters Italy 2012

The Worlds Masters is held every two years.  Two years ago in Sweden, this year Italy, Canada in 2014.  Seize the opportunity while it is on our doorstep – the entry times are quite relaxed and we will hopefully have a few entries – enough for a relay or two?  The whole event covers all aquatic disciplines from 2nd to 16th June in Riccione, Italy.  The core dates for the pool racing are 10th to 16th June.  Here is a link to the Fina website, here is a link to the Fina website that has more detail and here is a link to the Gottenberg results from two years ago.  Some have booked their flights already.  Then accommodataion and someone to carry your bags and cheer you on…

Crawley Long Course 28/29 Jan

Entries for this are now closed and we understand that John and Daryl managed to enter.  Good luck and we look forward to hearing the results.  Details here.

Herts Senior League

Herts Senior League was on Saturday 26th November at Bishop’s Stortford.  It was team gala that can include parents and helpers as well as regular masters swimmers.  Last year we entered two teams and had a great time.  This year we entered one team and although there were many great swims we came sixth out of nine teams.  There were only 10 points between 6th and 3rd places so it was quite close.  The results for our swimmers are hereHere is a link to some of the pictures.  Many thanks to the officials who made it all possible.

Here are the points:

1. Bishop Stortford A 194
2. St Albans Masters A 178
3. Hatfield 149
3. Berkhamsted Sports Centre 149
5. Hemel Hempstead SC 143
6. Potters Bar 139
7. St Albans Masters B 80
8. Bishop Stortford B 70
9. Hartham Masters 67

Barnet Copthall Masters Sprints

Barnet Copthall Masters Sprints was on Sunday 4th September 2011. Some good results for our swimmers: Wray, Nicola, Dani, Jonathan, Ian and Simon B.  Results are here.  The full results (so you can see how many we were up against in our age groups!) are here.

Herts Masters 2011 – what we were all waiting for

This year’s Herts Masters was be held on Saturday 25th June at the Venue in Borehamwood.  It is a great competition suitable for all abilities and ages from 18 to 80.  Here is the information summary from the organisers.

There was a mix-up this year in that the races were seeded by age rather than entry time.  Next year it will be back to entry time.

The gala has a “senior” section for swimmers between 18 and 24 years and our four senior men managed to race two relays too.

Here is the link to the results from June 2010.

Information for Masters Swimmers

PBSC has an active Masters section (currently around 50 members),catering for swimmers from 18 years upwards including some in their 70s.  Most masters swim one ot two nights per week and there are facilities for more time for the very keen.  Apart from public holidays we swim all year through.  Swim times are:

Monday         7.50pm to 8.50pm at Furzefield

Wednesday    8.15pm to 9.15pm at Furzefield

Friday           8.15pm to 9.15pm at Furzefield

Sunday          7.15pm to 8.15pm at Furzefield   (Novice Session)

If you want to try it out then come along on Monday to Furzefield for 7.55pm as the lanes are grouped by ability – so there will be a lane to suit you.  Our abilities range from “chuggers” to current national record holders, so there is always someone there to offer advice.

The Masters try to enter a few competitions each year.  The annual Herts Masters took place on 26th June 2010 and there was an Eastern Region open Masters on 2nd October 2010.

There was a team gala on 27th November 2010 for which we entered two teams.  The information from the organisers is here.

If you have any questions just ask Ian

Herts Masters 2010 Success Link to article in Welwyn Hatfield Times

A team of 18 Masters swimmers from Potters Bar SC enjoyed a successful evening at the Herts Masters held at the Venue in Borehamwood.  This year the electronic timing was working and the whole event had a great atmosphere.

The team notched up 18 first places, 6 seconds and 5 thirds.  John Cunningham took two championship records in the 50m free (25.37) and fly (27.02).  The fly is also an East Region record.  John moved into a new agegroup this year so he gets a fresh run at the records!

Jackie Jackson also took two championship records in the 50m back (52.05) and free (40.92) and the free was also an East Region record.  One of these records was broken by over 20 seconds!

The “boys” 4 x 25m freestyle (total ages over 165) clocked an amazing 48.55 seconds which was also a new championship record.  The team here was John Cunningham, Chris Andrew, Daryl Mason and Wray Shewell-Cooper.

There were also 17 personal best times recorded across our team, and for many Masters, just matching the previous year’s time is quite an achievement.

We entered as many as we could in all the relays and although a bit frantic working out where and when we were swimming a great time was had by one and all.  Even the spectators and supporters enjoyed it (I think our supporters get the prize for most numbers and loudest cheering).

Summary results of PB swims here.

Total results for all swims here.

Summary of team totals here.

Hearty congratulations to all those who took part.  Below is a brief explanation of how it works – mainly for those who might be tempted to start preparing for next year.

The meet is open to swimmers registered with a Hertfordshire swimming club.  The Masters age groups are in 5-year bands starting with 25 to 29 (as at 31st Dec of that year).  There is a “Seniors” grouping for 18 to 24 year-olds that have all the individual strokes plus a set of Seniors relays.  Individual races are 50m each for back, breast, fly and free plus a 100m IM.  The oldest competing swimmer this year was 82 years old.  More details in this information letter.

For individual events your entry time determines which heat you swim in – so you will be swimming with people of similar speed but not necessarily same age.  Some choose to do all events and some pick their preferred strokes.  Your recorded time will put you in a position within your agegroup.  If you did not compete this year you might like to look at the total results document to see where you might have come.

We try to assemble as many relay teams as we can and there is a mixed (gender) medley relay that is rather fun too.

The points goes something like this: 8 points for first place in your agegroup, 5 for second, 4 for third and so on.  I presume points are equivalent for relays.

With our team of 18 swimmers we did brilliantly this year coming 4th out of 13.  Just think what we could achieve with 36 swimmers!