Eight national medals for Stowmarket

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Four Stowmarket swimmers won eight medals and broke four east region records at the ASA British National 
Masters Championship.

Len Phoenix became national champion in the men’s 60-64 years’ 200 metres individual medley (IM) at the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) event at Ponds Forge, Sheffield.

He also won a bronze medal in his 200m backstroke and came fourth, sixth, 10th and 11th in his 100m backstroke, 800m front crawl, 50m front crawl and 100m front crawl.

Sue Holdich, in the 70-74 age category, won silver in her 100m IM and a brace of bronze medals in the 50m amd 100m breaststroke, setting new east region records in both events.

Holdich also set a new east region record in her 100m front crawl, where she finished fourth, and was also squeezed out to fourth in the 50m front crawl and 50m backstroke events.

Dale Barker shattered his own 800m front crawl east region record in the men’s 50-54 years’ group, winning silver.

His time of 10 minutes 3.02 seconds was his fastest time since 2009.

Barker also won bronze in the 400m IM and was fourth in the 200m IM and 400m front crawl.

Shaun Harrison delivered Stowmarket’s final medal, winning the men’s 30-34 years’ bronze in the 400m front crawl. In his more specialised front crawl sprint events, Harrison was fifth in the 50m and eight in the 100m.

Also raving for Stow, David Harrison narrowly missed out on a medal in the 25-29 years’ 50m breaststoke, being pipped into fourth place.

He powered to fifth in the 50m front crawl and eighth in the 50m butterfly.

Tom Harrison and Ollie Bumstead continued their friendly rivalry in the 30-34 years’ group.

This year, Bumstead came out on top, finishing 11th to Harrison’s 12th in the 100m fly and 24th to 26th in the 50m front crawl.

Bumstead also clinched 32nd place in the 50m fly while Tom Harrison secured 18th position in the 100m IM and 23rd in the 100m front crawl.