The City of Oxford Swimming Club Master’s Squad, coached by Adam James, enjoyed a highly successful ASA National Masters and Senior Age Group Championship held in Ponds Forge, Sheffield from 23rd to 25th October. In one of their best ever performances, City’s Masters brought home an impressive 27 medals in total with 8 Gold, 7 Silver and 12 Bronze medals.
Leading the way with gold in a new British Record time of 8.21.01 in the Men’s 4 x 200m freestyle 160+ years combined age group category were the relay team of Chris Aust, Nick Bridge, Matt Gomez and David Denny. The quartet also took silver in the 4 x 100m freestyle relay (3.46.80) and bronze in the 4 x 00m medley relay (4.16.18).
In the individual events all four of the record breaking quartet added to City’s medal haul. Denny stormed to 5 gold medals in the men’s 35-39 age group category in the 800m freestyle (8.47.12), 400m individual medley (4.46.51), 100m butterfly (1.00.53) 200 butterfly (2:10.71) and 400m freestyle (4.14.88). Bridge also struck gold in the men’s 45-49 year age 200m backstroke (2.22.90) and 100m backstroke (1.04.39) with silvers in the 200m freestyle (2:09.18) and 50m backstroke (30.45) and a bronze in the 50m butterfly (28.20). Gomez, also in the 45-49 year category, took silver in the 800m freestyle (9.48.90) and bronze in the 100m breaststroke (1.14.14). Aust (30-24 yr age group) took silver in the 200m individual medley (2:14.09) and bronze in the 100m IM (1:00.19) and 50m freestyle (24.24).
In the men’s relay events in the 72+ combined age group category Josh Harrop, Graham Cable, Andy Hagues and Chris Johansen took silver in the 4 x 100m medley (4.09.32), bronze in the 4 x 50m medley (1.52.63) and bronze in the 4 x 100m freestyle (3.48.58).
Johansen (30-34yr age group) added a silver medal in 400m freestyle (4.21.38), and 3 bronze medals in the 800m freestyle (9.10.82), 1500m freestyle (17.46) and 400m individual medley (5.05.56). Hagues, also in the 30-34yr age group, took 2 bronzes in the 100m butterfly (1:00.70) and 100m backstroke (1:02.45).