Gallant Stowmarket lose Valentine’s Masters crown

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Stowmarket Swimming Club may have lost their Valentine’s Masters crown, but they put in a gallant effort to finish third at Kingfisher Leisure Centre, Sudbury.

The defending champions grabbed seven gold medals and also led home their Suffolk rivals in 17 events.

Veteran swimmer Len Phoenix (65-69 years category) gained the most points for Stowmarket – 43 in his nine races – with gold in the 50m backstroke (Suffolk champion), as well as five silver and three bronze medals.

Andy Wright (55-59 years) stormed to victory in the 200m frontcrawl and 100m backstroke, came second in the 50m backstroke and 100m breaststroke and third in the 50m frontcrawl and 50m breaststroke, becoming Suffolk champion in six of his seven races.

Leesa Woollard (40-44 years) surged to gold in the 50m butterfly and 100m individual medley and won silver in the 200m and 100m frontcrawl, becoming Suffolk champion in all four events.

Club president Bobbie Wilson (70-74 years) made a welcome return to the pool with gold in the 100m individual medley, silver in the 200m frontcrawl and bronze in the 50m backstroke, becoming Suffolk champion in the first two.

Chloe Woollard (16-24 years) produced her best performance in the 100m butterfly, where she narrowly missed out on a bronze medal.

Clive Mitson (45-49 years) took gold in the 50m breaststroke, silver in the 50m backstroke and bronze in the 100m frontcrawl, securing the Suffolk title in three races.

Sue Penman (50-54 years) earned silver in the 50m butterfly (also Suffolk Champion) and bronze in the 50m backstroke, as well as gaining top-five placings in four other events.

Alasdair Penman powered to fifth in his 100m individual medley and finished in the top eight in all five of his races.