12 January 2015
Shrewsbury New Year Gala - 10th January 2015
It's a very rare occurrence but just 10 days into the New Year the Etwall Masters Men had more success than the Ladies! (Let's gloss over the fact they outnumbered the females 5:2 with one of the 2 just back from surgery)!!
The 7 swimmers made the trip to Shrewsbury for the now traditional curtain raiser to the new Masters season.
The morning session saw Captain Briggs and her deputy Garry Vickers deliver lifetime bests in the 50 Breast and 50 Backstroke respectively. Carrying on his fine form from 2014 Dave Holland delivered another set of excellent swims with the pick being his 100 IM.
Both Vickers and Holland were joined by Chris Rollé (pictured) to top their age groups in this combined points scoring gala. Helen Rollé making her way back from surgery was still good enough to take second place in the 40-44 category, with Janet Briggs grabbing a well deserved third place in the 55-59 age group.
The men rounded off an excellent day with a win for the 200 years Freestyle relay team (R B Woodall, Martyn Finney, Vickers and Rollé) and second place for the 160 years Medley team (Holland, Rollé, Finney and Vickers).