Masters LEN European Aquatics Championships, May 2016

Sixteen Saxon Crown Masters swimmers took part in the European Aquatics Championships, running from 25-29 May at the iconic London Aquatics Centre at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Athletes across multiple age groups from 25 to over 100 had the opportunity to compete for medals and records straight after Europe’s elite.

Congratulations to all those who participated, especially to Jenny Pearson who won gold in the 200m backstroke, and Lauren Wilcox who won silver in the 400m freestyle.  Both ladies also won bronze in the 100m backstroke.

But Masters Events are not all about winning trophies! Across a multitude of individual events and a handful of exhilarating relays, there were many PBs and many more stories to tell. Here are some of the other highlights…

Kat Stevens covered the longest distance over the weekend, smashing the 800, 400 & 200 free. Corinne Bass and Vicky Harrison also clinched superb times in the distance freestyle events, as did Ben Carter, Rebecca Stewart and Kristina Vasiliauskaite in the 100m.

There were several PBs in the breaststroke events, with Marc Bull, Ruth Owens, Gordon Pratt, Orlaith Richardson, David Sharples and Kelly Stephen competing. 

The Sharples’ twins also went head to head in the 50m fly, with only a whisker between them.

And at 77, our oldest swimmer John Tennant had a superb event, and achieved a fantastic time for his 50m fly.

A super turnout and huge achievement for all Saxon Crown Masters involved. Congratulations to everyone!


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