British Gas ASA National Masters & Senior Age Group Championships
Ponds Forge, Sheffield
23rd – 25th October 2015
The event as always, took place at Ponds Forge the home of swimming for the majority of Masters Swimmers in the country…..and probably a lot of age groupers as well. The pool is now a little dated and rough at the edges but always produces the goods. I do not know if it is the proximity of all the accommodation, the water or familiarity but Masters Swimmers usually produce their season bests, age group bests and even personal bests at Ponds Forge and so it was for the swimmers of Crediton with Matt swimming 5 season bests, Darren 3 and Emma 1. The Nationals for us older swimmers is not just about the swimming, it is also about meeting our competitors and friends, discussing the events of the year leading up to the Nationals and socialising in the evenings talking shop and life. We really appreciated being invited out for a meal by the Exmouth swimmers on Saturday along with a few from Wincanton and Shrewsbury. A great evening was had by all making most of the hour gained from the clocks changing.
Matt started the proceedings on Friday afternoon swimming the 200m Freestyle (2:22.04) in his best time since moving up an age group. After a torturous five hour drive I joined them for the evening session and swam the 200m Butterfly (2:36.80) to swim for silver, posting the second fastest time in the UK this year for my age group. Early on Saturday, Matt swam a very controlled and even 400m (5:06.48) Freestyle with a season’s best time. I swam next in the 100m IM (1:09.86) missing my PB by 100th of second. Emma was poorly so only swam one event over the weekend, the 50m Breaststroke on Saturday afternoon and still conjured up the effort to swim a season’s best of 38.40. This was followed by Matt and myself swimming the 100m Butterfly. Matt swimming yet another age group best (1:15.99) and then topped this off by doing the same in the evening in the 100m Freestyle (1:02.46). I finished the evening by swimming 200m Breaststroke (2:47.08) for another silver medal and second fastest ranked time in the UK. The competition organisers made use of the hour gained by some to start the Sunday warm up at 7.15am with racing commencing at 8.30am and for me the 400m IM (5.25.25), which felt like swimming uphill for 16 lengths. Matt had a better idea by swimming the splash and dash 50m Freestyle (27.74) in yet another age group best to finish a great weekend for him and his best swimming for a couple of years. I finished the weekend competition with the 50m Butterfly (30.00) and with an aching body produced my best short course time for two years.
It is now back to some hard training in preparation for the European Masters at the Olympic Pool in London next May, but before that the Club Championships next month.
Medals won by the whole cross section of Masters swimmers from Crediton
With two Seniors and four Masters swimmers Crediton & District Swimming Club hit the water with force at Tiverton Pool on 13th September and medals were won by all those that competed; Darren Beer, Emma Hockin, Matt Hockin, Sue Walker, James Hudson and Daniel Mather. The team won an impressive 15 winners medals between them. James and Sue swam this event for the first time showing the diverse age range and strength within the club, with Sue swimming her first Masters gala for 20 years… impressed. All three of her freestyle swims putting her in the top 4 of her age group in the UK this year. Daniel and James each swam personal best times in the 200m freestyle and 50m breaststroke respectively.
Mens 100m Freestyle 45-49 2 1:02.37
Mens 200m Freestyle 45-49 1 2:17.80
Mens 50m Breaststroke 45-49 1 36.04
Womens 50m Freestyle 30-34 1 31.70
Womens 50m Breaststroke 30-34 1 40.07
Womens 100m Breaststroke 30-34 1 1:25.54
Mens 100m Freestyle 30-34 2 1:04.70
Mens 50m Breaststroke 30-34 1 41.62
Mens 50m Butterfly 30-34 2 33.86
Womens 50m Freestyle 65-69 1 37.08
Womens 100m Freestyle 65-69 1 1:24.23
Womens 200m Freestyle 65-69 1 3:07.60
Boys 100m Freestyle 15-16 1 1:05.57
Boys 50m Breaststroke 15-16 1 37.59
Boys 100m Individual Medley 15-16 1 1:14.24
Boys 100m Breaststroke 15-16 1 1:28.24
Boys 50m Freestyle 15-16 2 29.47
Boys 50m Freestyle 17-18 1 28.49
Boys 200m Freestyle 17-18 1 2:14.74
On 27th September Darren Beer, Emma Hockin and Matt Hockin, travelled up to Millfield School in Somerset to compete in the Western Counties Masters Long Course Competition (50 metre Pool).
These are the outstanding results after totting up all the stats:
• 4 Western Counties Masters Long Course Records
• 6 Masters Long Course Personal Bests
• 8 Wins
All three won events at the Championships, although they had run out of gold medals the time they went to pick them up and had to borrow some for the team photo. Matt was using the event as a gauge to entry for the European Masters Championships next May and trying to gain extra points for the Masters Decathlon Competition. Likewise, Darren was using this to gain long course experience in preparation for the European event and in doing so swam 3 PBs and 3 records, with his 50m butterfly being his fastest ever. Emma rounded up proceedings by swimming a record time in the 50m breaststroke and a lifetime best in the 50m freestyle.
Men’s 100m Breaststroke 1:20.65 (R)
Men’s 50m Freestyle 28.80 (R)
Men’s 200m Individual Medley 2:37.23
Men’s 50m Butterfly 30.30
Men’s 50m Breaststroke 36.55 (R)
Ladies 50m Freestyle 31.07
Ladies 100m Freestyle 1:10.70
Ladies 50m Breaststroke 39.95 (R)
50m Freestyle 29.57
50m Backstroke 37.73
200m Individual Medley 2:57.40
50m Butterfly 34.27
On Saturday 27th June, we held a home swimming gala, with Honiton, Exmouth and Okehampton swimming clubs competing. All the swimmers were brilliant, with many having to swim up an age group, in particularly Chloe who ended up swimming an event in every age group, including the Ladies open 100 IM. With an incredible 31 Personal Bests being smashed. The atmosphere for all the races were amazing with everyone supporting each other, it’s safe to say we had the loudest support.
Not on its usual weekend during the end of March, the 10th Royal Navy Meet at Millfield on Sunday 3rd May was busy meet but not as busy as usual as many swimmers swam less events this year. One of the draws of the Navy Masters is winning one of their mugs for the most points in each age….more about that later.
The usual Crediton contingency of Matt, Emma, Rob and Darren (come on Ian) made their way to the pool for the day’s swimming. There was a little shock before the start when Darren looked at the start sheet to find his name missing except for the 100m backstroke, which soon woke him up from his slumber and straight to the recorders desk to rectify the issue……..in hindsight it might have been better to have not said anything as he was placed in a gap in the fastest heat of the 100m butterfly against swimmers swimming close to a minute. It was also discovered that Matt, Rob and Darren were in the same heat of the sprint freestyle events. Matt kicked off the day in the 400m freestyle maintaining his time from the previous two years and adding his 9th swim to the decathlon competition and in doing so boosted his individual and team points. Darren could put his feet up as smugly, he had already completed his events at the previous meet and achieving his highest position at this stage of the year in the GB ranking system……but there are still a few points to be gained. Throughout the morning session all four swimmers swam various events including; the 100m butterfly, 50m breaststroke, 50m freestyle and the 100m individual medley. Emma swam her two events gaining medals in both, while the gents picked up five medals between them.
Following a long break and warm-up it was back in the pool again for the afternoon session……..but already thoughts were on what and where to eat after the meet. Due to the distance event being swum first the rest of the events were condensed into one and a half hours, which was very hard for Darren as he had to swim three 100s and a 50, with three of these back to back. The other swimmers swam two more culminating with the men’s 100m freestyle, with Matt and Darren side by side and Rob at the other side of the pool and so was unable to gauge the others……..and so it ended Darren 1st, followed by Matt and then Rob – The same order as the 50m freestyle from the morning session.
Darren then won his customary raffle prize (with his own money this time) and then the anticipation of the mug winners. Darren, using his mathematical background was certain of the big prize by swimming 7 events and winning 6 medals. What he did not reckon on was another swimmer in his age group swimming 11 events!!
The medal haul for the day was 13, including 4 winners medals. The evening was spent eating and talking ‘shop’, looking where to improve those times and add points to the individual/team decathlon competition………and after much thinking a radical thought came to mind………….more training required!
The Gloucester Masters is one of the bigger open meets on the masters calendar with nearly 200 swimmers competing and is also a rare chance for (some) us to swim some of the longer distances. The medal haul was 10 from the 3 swimmers – Matt Hockin, Emma Hockin and Darren Beer. These were given back for the charity chosen by Gloucester Masters.
Matt won medals in the 200m freestyle and 100m backstroke but his best swim was a 32 second 50m butterfly. Emma won 4 medals including a great second half comeback in the 100m individual medley to win her age group, and just outside 30 seconds in the 50m freestyle. Darren won 4 medals including a PB in the first event of the day, the 400m freestyle in 4.47. This was then rather foolishly followed by another 400m swim, the individual medley – but it was a win and a championship record in under 5.20. The afternoon was spent trying to swim the 200m freestyle followed by the first 100m backstroke in a couple of years.