30 March 2014
A strong and determined Etwall squad descended upon Royal Leamington Spa for the annual Midland Masters Championships. After 3 days of hard swimming an impressive haul of 27 medals were secured by the clubs Masters section.
Once again it was the Ladies who led the way with 8 golds, with half being provided by Lindsey Gowland who won the 100 Free, 50 Back, 100 IM, and 50 Fly. Captain Janet Briggs weighed in with 5 medals winning the 200m Back and 200m IM. Kath Tunnicliffe claimed her age group titles for 400m Free and 200m IM.
Martyn Finney and Clive Smith ensured the Men contributed to the gold tally. Finney took gold in the 55-59 yrs 50m Butterfly with Smith taking the slightly longer route to glory with victory in the gruelling 400m IM.
Impressing on debut was Rachel Joyce who narrowly missed out on the podium in a couple of swims and produced a couple of strong swims in the relay. Remaining squad members winning medals: Helen Rolle (2 Silvers), Paul Ingle (1 Silver), Steve Chamberlain (1 Silver), Chris Rolle (3 Bronzes) and Garry Vickers (1 Bronze).
Etwall's Mixed 160-199 years Freestyle relay team enjoyed a stunning win, the quartet of Vickers, H Rolle, Gowland and Chamberlain took the gold by nearly 2 seconds. A second relay medal was won late on day 2 by the 200-239 years Mixed Medley team of Tunnicliffe, C Rolle, Vickers and Gowland who won Silver.
The Masters are next in action in April over in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire.