Ladies lead the way with a record-breaking double

STRONG SHOWING: Members of the West Suffolk Swimming Club Masters squad who competed in the ASA East Region Masters Championships
STRONG SHOWING: Members of the West Suffolk Swimming Club Masters squad who competed in the ASA East Region Masters Championships

EIGHT members of West Suffolk Swimming Club Masters squad competed in the ASA East Region Masters Championships, held at Newmarket on Sunday.

The highlight for West Suffolk came in the relay events where the ladies’ teams recorded two new East Region records.

The freestyle relay team of Caireen Northeast, Maureen Wright, Hannah Jones and Sharon Perry beat the previous record by 10 seconds in a time of 2 minutes 14.91 seconds.

In the medley relay event, Ruth Brown replaced Northeast, in an otherwise unchanged squad and also best the previous regional record.

Sharon Perry swam back into form, taking gold medals in the 100m individual medley and 50m butterfly and a silver medal in the 200m freestyle.

Also swimming strongly in the same age group, Hannah Jones took two silver medals just behind Perry, and a bronze in the 100m freestyle.

Ruth Brown stormed to victory in three events, including the 100m individual medley, 50m butterfly and 50m breaststroke.

Veteran John Fish claimed two gold medals in 50m backstroke and 100m individual medley, as well as two silver medals.

Distance specialist, Northeast, took silver medals in 400m freestyle and the 50m backstroke.

Also swimming for West Suffolk were Maureen Wright, who claimed a silver and a bronze medal, and Robert Haylock, who put in some strong performances competing in his first Masters’ gala.

Hannah Wright, returning to competition after a long break due to illness, posted some encouraging performances at the ASA East Region Disability Championships, also held at Newmarket.

Hannah, who is sponsored by Lloyds TSB Local Heroes programme and Abberycroft Leisure, won gold medals in the 50m and 100m freestyle.