Phoenix tops medal table

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Six Stowmarket Swimming Club Masters produced some magnificent displays in winning 24 medals at the ASA East Region Championships.

Top of the medal haul, swimming in nine events at Newmarket on Saturday, was 69-year-old Len Phoenix.

He won an incredible six golds: in the 100 metres Individual Medley (IM) (one minute 35.28 seconds); 200m IM (3.48.89); 50m backstroke (44.50); 100m back (1.46.77); 200m back (3.40.14) and 50m front crawl (35.53).

Phoenix also won silver in his 100m front crawl, bronze in the 400m front crawl and a fourth place in the 200m front crawl.

Andy Wright secured three golds in the 55-59 year age category: 200m back (3.01.61); 100m back (1.24.32) and 200m butterfly (3.51.65) and two silvers in the 200m IM and 200m breaststroke.

Sue Holdich, as ever, impressed by powering to three golds in the 70-74 years age group, winning the 100m IM (1.52.89); 50m front crawl (41.95secs) and she set a new East Region record of 53.70secs in her 50m breaststroke.

Shaun Harrison dominated the 30-34 years age group front crawl sprints, winning both the 50m (24.97secs) and 100m (55.24secs).

Harrison had to settle for silver in the 200m front crawl after fading in the closing 50 metres.

Ever-improving Sue Penman won her first masters gold in the 50-54 years age group with her 100m front crawl (1.38.24).

She set three personal best times in the 400m front crawl, in the 100m IM, where she collected bronze and in her 50m front crawl where she clinched fourth.

Clive Mitson sprinted to silver in the 40-44 years back stroke, claiming bronze in the 50m breast and a fifth place in the 100m IM. But he was disqualified for a flier in his 50m front crawl.