National Masters – Sheffield 2011

Four members of Stroud Masters SC travelled north to take part in the British Gas ASA National Masters and Senior Age Group Championships, at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge swimming pool.

Geoff Twinning, Kerrie Aldridge, Jessica Wooddisse, Mark Partridge

Geoff Twinning, Kerrie Aldridge, Jessica Wooddisse, Mark Partridge

With over one thousand entrants this annual event is the largest and most competitive MasterÕs pool based swimming event of the year.
The team made a great start to the three day event with both Geoff Twinning and Jessica Wooddisse gaining medals in the 1500m freestyle; Jessica winning gold and Geoff, silver. Later on the same day Mark Partridge swam a new personal best time to win a bronze in the 100m breaststroke. Swimming in a very competitive age-group, Kerrie Aldridge ended the first days swimming with an eleventh place in the 100m backstroke.
Medals continued to be won on the second and third days of the competition with Jessica winning gold in the 400m and 800m freestyle events and a silver in the 400m individual medley. Geoff swam well to win gold in the 400 individual medley with Mark gaining a surprising silver and one second personal best time in the 50m breaststroke. Kerrie put in very creditable performances to get fifth in the 200m backstroke, eighth in the 200m breaststroke and ninth place in a very close 50m backstroke.
The team came back with four gold medals, three silver medals, one bronze and a number of personal best times which was overall a great performance from the small team from Stroud.

Jessica
  1500 free 18.40.79 1st
  800 free 9.47.57 1st
  400 free 4.51.14 1st
  400 IM 5.40.69 2nd
Mark
  50 brst 32.88 2nd
  100 brst 1.14.88 3rd
  50 free 27.17 6th
  100 free 1.02.22 13th
  100 IM 1.10.30 6th
  200 brst 3.01.73 6th
  50 bck 34.91 12th
Geoff
  1500 free 17.36.80 2nd
  200 IM 2.19.95 5th
  400 IM 4.59.41 1st
  100 fly 1.01.38 6th
  200 free 2.02.77 5th
  100 free 56.23 13th
Kerrie
  50 fly 33.67 23rd
  50 bck 32.67 9th
  100 bck 1.10.34 11th
  200 bck 2.30.48 5th
  100 IM 1.13.74 15th
  200 brst 3.04.21 8th