World and British Records for North East at ASA 2015 Senior and Masters Championships

October 27th 2015
On the 23rd – 25th October, swimmers from across the North East headed to Ponds Forge, Sheffield to compete in the 2015 ASA National Masters and Senior Age Group Championships.

The meet was a great success for senior and masters swimmers from the North East with a number of them taking individual British Records, while a number of World Records were claimed in the team relay events.

Billingham’s Stephanie Blakeburn took three British Records in the 18/24 yrs age group. These included the women’s 200m IM (2:14.98), 200m Butterfly (2:10.81) and the 100m IM (1:04.02). Kevin Smith of Newcastle Swim Team claimed the 50/54 yrs age group 200m Butterfly British record in a time of 2:24.11 while David Emerson of East Leeds took a British Record in the Men’s 50/54 yrs age group 100m Butterfly in a time of 1:01:18.

East Leeds relay team collected a hall of medals and records including a British Record and two World Records. In the Men’s Freestyle 4x50m 120+ yrs age group relay, Paul Clemence, Joshua Spencer, Chris Knee and Alistair Crawford swam almost six seconds ahead of second place, touching 1:32.39 for the gold and a new World Record.

             East Leeds World Record Master Swimmers Paul Clemence, Joshua Spencer, Chris Knee and Alistair Crawford

Team captain, Paul Clemence, commented on the team performance: “It feels fantastic to break a World record, it makes all the hard work worthwhile. We all swim together regularly, we’re all Leeds boys, three of us train together on a daily basis, so that makes it all the more special. We never have any expectations we just come to the event and try and do the best race we can.”

In the Men’s 100+ yrs age group 4x100m Freestyle, a team made up of Alistair Crawford, Richard Jagger, James Warren and Chris Knee swam 3:29.94 to claim gold and a second World Record for East Leeds. For Chris Knee, it is the third relay team World Record that he holds, having helped the 160+ yrs team in the 200m Mixed Freestyle in October last year.

Chris Knee commented on their performance: “It feels brilliant to get a World record, it’s my second of the meet and my third overall so it’s a really great feeling. To do it as a team, I think is even better than an individual for me. We’ve got a really good core of sprinters due to our sprint programme at Leeds, Paul Clemence runs that for us, so this gives us an edge over the competition I think. We’re an up and coming club and our membership is growing, which is giving us a really strong squad of swimmers across all strokes and distances.”

In the Mixed 120+ yrs age group 4x100m Freestyle, East Leeds team Nina Williams, Chris Knee, Philippa Rickard and Alistar Crawford swam 3:48.29 for a British record.

Newcastle Swim Team’s relay teams also had success at the meet. This included gold medals in the 100/119 yrs age group 4x200m Mixed Freestyle Relay for James Carr, Mary Ferrier, Rebecca Newman and Christopher Heaps, the 72+ yrs age group, 4x200m Mixed Freestyle Relay for William Jolly, Lindsay Turnbull, Charlotte Duff and Julian Plumley and in the 72+ Women’s 4x200m Freestyle for Mary Ferrier, Lindsay Turbull, Rebecca Newman and Charlotte Duff.

A list of other medal winners at the meet can be found below:

Individual medals
Mary Purvis, Alnwick Dolphins, 60/64 yrs age group, 1st  Women’s 50m Butterfly, 3rd Women’s 50m Freestyle.
Alex Brown, Blyth Lifeguarding Club, 70/74 yrs age group, 3rd Men’s 200m IM.
Tony Day, Darlington Masters, 50/54 yrs age group, 2nd Men’s 200m IM.
Jack Hepburn, Loftus Dolphins, Senior age group, 3rd Men’s 50m Backstroke.
Charlotte Duff, Newcastle Swim Team, Senior age group, 3rd Women’s 200m and 100m Backstroke.
Julian Plumley, Newcastle Swim Team, 50/54 yrs age group, 1st Men’s 800m Freestyle, 2nd Men’s 200m and 400m Freestyle.
Kevin Smith, Newcastle Swim Team, 50/54 yrs age group, 1st Men’s 200 Butterfly, 2nd Men’s 100 Butterfly, 3rd Men’s 200m IM.
Lindsay Turnbull, Newcastle Swim Team, 45/49 yrs age group, 1st Women’s 400m Freestyle, 3rd Women’s 200m Freestyle.
Nick Valentine, Newcastle Swim Team, 30/34 yrs age group, 1st Men’s 1500m, 400m Freestyle and 400m IM, 2nd Men’s 200m Butterfly.
Rebecca Newman, Newcastle Swim Team, 25/29 yrs age group, 1st Women’s 800m Freestyle.
Robert Whitle, Newcastle Swim Team, 35/39 yrs age group, 3rd Men’s 100m Backstroke.
William Jolly, Newcastle Swim Team, Senior age group, 2nd Men’s 400m and 800m Freestyle.
Car Butler, Richmond Dales ASC, 70/74 yrs age group, 2nd Men’s 200m Breaststroke.
Stephen Allen, Hull Masters, 55/59 yrs age group, 3rd Men’s 50m Backstroke, 2nd Men’s 100m Backstroke.
Stephen Bottomley, Borough of Kirklees, 50/54 yrs age group, 2nd Men’s 200m Backstroke.
Paul Clemence, East Leeds, 45/49 yrs age group, 2nd Men’s and 50m Breaststroke, 1st Men’s 100m and 50m Freestyle, 2nd Men’s 50m Butterfly.       
Alistair Crawford, East Leeds, 30/34 yrs age group, 1st Men’s 100m IM, 50m Freestyle, 50m Butterfly and 100m Freestyle.
Hilary Crick, East Leeds, 65/69 yrs age group, 2nd Women’s 100m Breaststroke, 3rd Women’s 50m Breaststroke.   
Lucy Doherty, City of Sheffield, Senior age group, 1st Women’s 200m Freestyle, 50m and 100m Backstroke, 3rd Women’s 50m Freestyle.
David Emerson, East Leeds, 50/54 yrs age group, 1st Men’s 100m and 50m Butterfly, and 50m Freestyle.       
Wendy Figures, Rotherham Metro, 50/54 yrs age group, 1st Women’s 200m Breaststroke, 2nd Women’s 400m IM, 3rd Women’s 800m Freestyle.
Callum Gladding, Cleethorpes and District, Senior age group, 2nd Men’s 200m Butterfly, 3rd Men’s 400m Freestyle.
Andrew Gristwood, Cleethorpes and District, 50/54 yrs age group, 3rd Men’s 1500m Freestyle.
Keith Godbehere, Rotherham Metro, 80/84 yrs age group, 1st Men’s 1500m Freestyle.   
Jonathan Hopkins, Hull Masters, 55/59 yrs age group, 3rd Men’s 200m Backstoke.   
Julie Hoyle, East Leeds, 50-54 yrs age group, 1st Women’s 50m and 100m Backstroke, 50m Breaststroke and 3rd Women’s 50m Butterfly.
Peter Ingham, Rotherham Metro, 70/74 yrs age group, 3rd Men’s 1500m Freestyle.   
Richard Jagger, East Leeds, 20/24 yrs age group, 2nd Men’s 800m Freestyle.           
Chris Knee, East Leeds, 35/39 yrs age group, 2nd Men’s 200m Freestyle, 1st Men’s 50m and 100m Freestyle, 3rd Men’s 100m IM, 3rd Men’s 50m Butterfly.   
Bill Moore, East Leeds, 75/79 yrs age group, 2nd Men’s 100m Breaststroke, 2nd Men’s 50m Breaststroke, 2nd Men’s 800m Freestyle, 1st Men’s 200m Breaststroke.       
Wendy Offord, Borough of Kirklees, 60/64 yrs age group, 3rd Women’s 50m Backstroke.       
Kyran Parker, East Leeds, 45/49 yrs age group, 1st Men’s 400m, 800m and 1500m Freestyle, 2nd Men’s 100m Butterfly, 1st Men’s 400m IM,  2nd Men’s 200m IM.
Alexander Pitcher, Harrogate District, 30/34 yrs age group, 3rd Men’s 200m Breaststroke.
Philippa Rickard, East Leeds, 40/44 yrs age group, 1st Women’s 200m and 800m Freestyle, 1st Women’s 50m and 100m Butterfly, 3rd Women’s 100m Freestyle, 3rd Women’s 50m Freestyle.
George Russell, Rotherham Metro, Senior age group, 1st Men’s 400m, 800m and 1500m Freestyle, 2nd Men’s 200m Freestyle.
Richard Shepherd, Tadcaster, 35/39 yrs age group, 2nd Men’s 200m IM, 3rd Men’s 200m Breaststroke, 2nd Men’s 400m IM.
Emma Studd, City of Sheffield, Senior yrs age group, 2nd Women’s 200m Freestyle, 1st Women’s 400m and 800m Freestyle.
Brian Taylor, Adwick, 65/69 yrs age group, 1st Men’s 200m Butterfly, 100m IM, 50m and 100m Breaststroke.
James Warren, East Leeds, 25/29 yrs age group, 1st Men’s 200m IM.   
Peter Webster, East Leeds, 25/29 yrs age group, 2nd Men’s 200m Backstoke.
Nina Williams, East Leeds, 45/49 yrs age group, 1st Women’s 50m and 200m Freestyle, 2nd Women’s 800m Freestyle.
Emma Wills, York City Baths, 35/39 yrs age group, 1st Women’s 400m and 1500m Freestyle, 2nd Women’s 200m Freestyle, 3rd Women’s 800m Freestyle, 1st Women’s 200m Backstroke, 3rd Women’s 100m Backstroke.  
Nina Williams, East Leeds, 45/49 yrs age group, 1st Women’s 100m Freestyle.

Team medals
Newcastle Swim Team, 160/199 yrs age group, Men’s 4x50m Freestyle Relay, 3rd (Robert Whittle, Alan Weddell, Peter Germain, Julian Plumley).
Newcastle Swim Team, 120/159 yrs age group, Men’s 4×100 Medley Relay, 3rd (Robert Whittle, Peter Germain, Kevin Smith, Christopher Heaps).
Newcastle Swim Team, 160/199 yrs age group, Men’s 4×200 Freestyle Relay, 3rd (Nick Valentine, Christopher Heaps, Kevin Smith, Julian Plumley).
East Leeds B, 120/159 yrs age group, Men’s 4x50m Freestyle Relay, 3rd (Richard Jagger, Philip Pratt, James Warren, David Emerson).
East Leeds, 120/159 yrs age group, Mixed 4×100 Freestyle Relay, 1st (Nina Williams, Chris Knee, Philippa Rickard, Alistair Crawford).
East Leeds, 72+ yrs age group, Mixed 4x50m Freestyle Relay, 2nd (Paul Clemence, Emily Jones, Chris Knee, Julie Hoyle, East Leeds). 

Masters swimming is a great follow on for those swimmers who are no longer able to commit to training, or are no longer competing at an elite level. It is a great way to continue in the sport and socialise with like-minded people, to keep fit and also to compete at a national and international level. For more information on Masters swimming within the North East please contact David Alexander on yorkswim@ntlworld.com.