Masters trio boost county’s hopes

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Due to excellent current form, and results at the GB Championships at Pond’s Forge, Rugby Swimming Club had two representatives selected for the National Masters Inter-counties Championships at Stafford.

Ross Turner and Simon Rigg were also joined by Elaine Bromwich, representing Birmingham masters, as they aimed to help Warwickshire retain their National Title.

Simon was presented with his county colours and Elaine a commemorative certificate for her tenth selection. Ross was competing for the third time.

In the 50m individual races all three breaststroke specialists won their respective races, Ross in the over 25s, Simon in the over 45s, and Elaine in the over 65s, Simon and Elaine also triumphing in the freestyle. Elaine’s only disappointment was, again, just missing the British record for the breaststroke, this time by less than half a second.

All three competed in a number of relays, often being teamed up with younger swimmers to attain the required age combination.

Warwickshire won by a distance, superbly marshalled by Trevor Clarke, though the overall national result will not be known until the other regions have swum, and the times are all cross referenced, but Warwickshire must have a great chance of retaining their title.

n RSC also competed in the second round of the Arena League, finishing a creditable 4th against some strong opposition, with a slightly weakened team. Oldbury were clear winners, with Linslade second, but Rugby were vying for 3rd with Pershore for most of the evening, and were well clear of Perry Beeches and Luton.

Individual winners were Noah Slinn in the 15u boys 100m backstroke, and freestyle, clocking 1.00.14. Ross Turner showed his versatility in winning both the men’s open 100m back and breaststroke, Matt Laity won the 15u 100m butterfly in 1.09.34, Thomas Parker continued his good form to win the 13u breaststroke in 1.24.40. Matt, Noah and Tom were joined by Jonny Teasdale to win both the 15u relays, showing real promise as well as determination.

The senior men’s team also clocked a dead heat for first in the medley relay, with Ross, Dan Hartup, David Hepworth, and Simon Rigg.

Second places were rare, with Matt Seaton in the 10/11 backstroke, Tom Parker also in the backstroke 13u 100m, and Jonny Teasdale in the 100m breaststroke, 15u, being the only individuals to record a second. The only other second was for the senior men’s 6x50m freestyle relay, with Matt and Noah, joining the 4 from the medley relay.

There were also a smattering of thirds, for Anna Shepherd x2, Luke Harris, Eve Benison, and David Hepworth.

As well as the boys 13u, Medley relay of Tom and Matthew being joined by Rhys James and William Dunderdale, and the girls 13u freestyle relay of Chloe Rimen, Megan Williams, Eve Benison and Cerys Jones. Special mention this week goes to Emily Whitley, who answered the call, due to a lack of any senior ladies, making her debut for the club and return to swimming after several years, racing in the 100m butterfly as well as the relays.