Swimming masters power to fifth at National event

Having been selected to swim for Sussex, at the inter-counties National Event, a number of Eastbourne Swimming Club Masters travelled to Guildford to take on teams from seven counties with fantastic results.

Finishing in an excellent fifth place nationally and third place in the South East Region, the swimmers put in outstanding performances with the attack starting in the 50m fly where Wendy Pritchard took joint first place in her age group and David Cummings and Janet Jefferies took fifth and third respectively in their age group.

David joined Lynda Miller to compete in the 50m freestyle with Lynda claiming a well deserved second in a very competitive heat and David taking another fifth place.

Richard Baker and Ian Woodward also stepped up to the mark in their 50m freestyle event taking fifth and third with Ian just missing out on a second place by four hundredths of a second.

The 50m backstroke proved to be another thrilling event with Wendy Pritchard powering her way to secure second place, Janet Jefferies going all out to also take a second place and Kirsty Chivers, who joined the team at the last minute, finishing in a very respectable 34.76.

Meanwhile, Adrian Smith gave an outstanding performance in the 50m breaststroke, taking fourth place despite only coming back to swimming in the last six months after a 20 year break.

All in all it was a great afternoon’s work by the Club’s masters swimmers , topped off by the attendance of another of the Club’s masters, Rod Miller, as Senior Sussex dignitary.