Led by a brace of titles for both Emma Anderson and Stuart Notman, City of Cambridge’s masters swimmers scooped an impressive haul of 19 medals from a team of just nine swimmers taking part in the Great Britain Masters Championships, held in Manchester’s 50m Commonwealth Games pool.
It was six medals from six starts for Anderson, who finished the weekend with 2 gold, 2 silver, and 2 bronze medals. Competing in the 30-34 category, she began well with a win in the 200m Individual Medley in 2:37.86 and a third placing in the 50m butterfly, but was then disappointed with her performance in the 200m butterfly, despite claiming a silver medal behind Michelle Senecal of Otter SC. Undaunted Anderson turned the tables on her rival in the 100m event, snatching gold with a strong swim of 1:10.35. She then rounded out the weekend with personal best performances over 200m Freestyle (2:20.63) and 100m Freestyle (1:03.65) taking silver and bronze respectively.
Meanwhile, competing in the same age group, Notman was also steadily accumulating medals throughout the competition with a fine display of consistency. An opening win in the 200m breaststroke was soon followed by a second gold medal over the 100m distance in an impressive time of 1:09.67. The medals didn’t stop there as he made two further visits to the podium, gaining silver medals in the 50m breaststroke and 200m freestyle, the latter in a fast 2:04.90.
Elsewhere, there were three further silver medals collected by Peter Rank in the 55-59 years 400m freestyle, Andrea Viola who was the runner up in the 100m breaststroke and Paul James in the 40-44 years 100m backstroke, his first medal at this level of competition.
Rank and Viola also headed the list of six bronze medallists. Viola took podium finishes in both the 50m and 200m breaststroke while Rank was third placed in the 50m and 1500m freestyle. The metric mile also saw a bronze for Ed Anderson in the 30-34 age group, while the 200m individual medley brought a 35-39 years bronze medal for Ruth Brown.
“We don’t get to swim in a 50m pool very often, so the results were excellent” commented coach Stu Taylor “I’m really pleased with the team because almost everyone managed to swim best times when it mattered and the medal tally reflects that effort.”