SWIMMING: Midland Masters Championships

Medals for Simon Rigg and Ross Turner

The infamous Rugby three were down to 2 this week end, as Karen Bates, had to unfortunately withdraw through injury, thus leaving Simon Rigg and Ross Turner to fly the flag for Rugby, at the prestigious Midland Masters Swimming Championships.

The champs are ‘open’, with competitors coming from all over Great Britain and indeed some from Europe and beyond, competitors are 25 years plus, with the oldest being in their 90s!

The breaststroke specialists both won medals in the 50m and 100m events, and Simon completed the hat-trick in the 200m. Ross won his age group (30-34) for the 50m, and indeed won the whole event. His time tops the UK rankings for his age, he also picked up a silver in the 100m, narrowly touched out by less than 0.25 of a second. Simon won silver in all three events, unfortunate to have a newcomer in his age group (40-44), so four years his junior and apparently an ex-GB relay swimmer.

The 50m was close, the 100m less so, and with the 200m, being only the second time at the distance, the gap was a little larger, but the time still quick enough to put Simon in the top 3 in GB. Times for the 50 and the 100m, were also good enough for a place inside the top 5.

The only real disappointment was that Simon was unable to retain his 50 freestyle crown, a contentious and disputed disqualification at the start, saw his age group winning time being struck from the records.

Ross also competed in the Welsh Long Course Champs on the Saturday, winning both the 50m and 100m in exceptional times. So a generally successful weekend all round, though the boys were denied the chance to watch Karen swim in her customary 27 events, leaving large gaps to fill with the Sunday Times.