City of Cambridge’s masters swimmers completed a clean sweep as every member of their seven strong team achieved at least one podium placing at the Great Britain Long Course Masters Championships in Cardiff. Competing in the Welsh Capital’s new 50m international pool, the squad amassing a haul of 3 gold, 5 silver and 5 bronze medals.
Ian Thwaites was the team’s spearhead, claiming gold medals in the 50m and 100m freestyle and the 50m backstroke in the 25-29 years age group. He also added a silver over 100m backstroke and secured a further bronze in the 200m backstroke.
The backstroke events also proved to be fertile hunting ground for Alan Wallace, who claimed two silvers over 50m and 100m backstroke in the 30-34 years age group, missing out on the top spot in the latter by just 5 one-hundredths of a second
Peter Rank was Cambridge’s other multiple medal winner as he emerged from a gruelling programme encompassing every freestyle event with a silver over 1500m and bronze over 200m in the 55-59 years age group.
The medal winning was rounded out by Andrea Viola, who claimed silver over 200m breaststroke in the 45-49 years age group, while bronzes were won by Peter Robinson over 800m freestyle in the 40-44 years age group, Yvonne Hackmann in the 25-29 years 200m freestyle and Steve Buckley in the 30-34 years 200m Individual Medley.