Day 2 was a massive day for Otter at the European Masters Championships. The team picked up 3 gold medals, 2 silver medals, 2 British records & 7 Club records.
Roger Lloyd-Mostyn & Derek Parr picked up Otters first gold medals of the championships in the 100m fly. Roger won the 75-79 age group in 1.36.50 which was also a new Otter club record. Derek won the 70-74 age group in 1.21.35. Guy came 9th in the 55-59 in 1.08.47, Catherine got a lifetime PB of 1.09.97 to finish 15th in the 25-29years. Ollie also set a new club record of 1.02.52 for the 30-34 age group finishing 18th. Michelle finished 21st in the ladies 35-39 years.
Dave Warren picked up his second silver medal & second GB record of the meet, and set a new club record with a 2.01.74 in the mens 40-45 years 200m Freestyle. Lex Higlett was 4th in the 30-34years with a 2.16.26, Peter Kirk was 7th in the 60-64 with a time of 2.26.19, Catherine Demont finished 11th in 25-29 after winning her heat comfortably in 2.16.52, Jane McMenemy broke the Otter club record for the 45-49 with a 2.29.57 to finish 15th. Josh Sambrook-Smith was 22nd in the 30-34 in 2.08.06, Jess Travelleck was 29th in the 25-29 in 2.23.90, Etienne Cambier was 42nd in the 25-29 in 2.11.87, Liz Shaw was 47th in the 50-54 in 2.47.75 & Gergely Orosz was 78th in the 30-34 in 2.22.62.
Fiona Marshall Staines & Craig Gillespie were the lone Otters competing in the 50m Breaststroke. Fiona picked up an Otter record with a time of 37.35 to finish in 13th, while Craig swam a rapid 30.68, finishing 17th, and breaking the Otter record in the 25-29 years age group.
And then it was time for the 4x50 free relays.
The 160+ Ladies team of Gina Hobson, Emma Shkurka, Jane McMenemy, Fiona Marshall Staines smashed it with 4 impressive swims to take silver in 1.56.41.
Not wanting to be outdone the Otter 120+ team of Lex Higlett, Olivia Reynolds, Laure Kearns, Catherine Demont took to the pool. The team went into the last 50m in a tight 4th, but Catherine chased them down in a strong anchor leg to finish second in 1.54.55, 0.2 behind by the Italians. However an early take off by the Italian second swimmer got the team disqualified & Otter rightfully took the gold!
The mens 200+ teamf of 1.51.88 Mike Reys, Simon Williams, Peter Kirk, Guy Davis finished 16th in 1.51.88, while the 120+ team of Ollie Caldwell, Wade Rimbach, Ben Pardoe, Josh Sambrooke-Smith won their heat in 1.42.95 to finish 18th.
Huge congratulations to everyone who swam today. So many brilliant individual and team swims. Keep it up Otters!