2024 Masters’ Meet Reports

Sth East Masters Long Course – Crawley; January

Karen MacKenzie, Michelle Neal and Sam Bradley all swam personal Masters lifetime best times at the South East Long Course Master, setting three Beds County and four Club records in the process.

Competing in the Men’s 30 – 34 years’ age group, Sam Bradley was with a second of both of his own Club records over 200m Backstroke and 200m Freestyle. Having finished second over the longer Backstroke event, Sam proceeded to claim the gold medal over100m. His winning time of 1:26.61 smashed his own Club record by over two seconds. In the two day event held in Crawley, Sam returned the next day and chased down Karen MacKenzie over the last leg of his 400m IM to claim a second silver medal. His time of 6:44.56 set new Masters Beds County and Club records for the event. It  was a second faster than his previous best time from 2019.

Karen swam her 50 – 54 years’ 400m IM in an adjacent lane, also setting new County and Club masters records with a time of 6:44.36. Holding off Sam by just 0.2 seconds, Karen claimed a bronze medal to match her placing in the 100m Backstroke. A silver medal had already come Karen’s way by virtue of her 200m Backstroke. She reduced her own County and Club records with an all-time Masters personal best of 3:00.81.

Swimming for the last year in her 40 – 44 years’ 100m Freestyle, Michelle Neal bettered her long course personal best time by half a second, finishing 6th in 1:12.83. The time of 32.02, to finish 5th, in her 50m Freestyle was just 0.3 seconds outside Michelle’s personal long course best.