Stowmarket swimmers are crowned champs

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Thirteen Stowmarket Swimming Club members put in a superb team effort to win the top club trophy for the first time since 2007 at the Valentine’s Masters Meet, held at the Kingfisher Leisure Centre, Sudbury.

In the open section, Stowmarket stormed to 29 gold medals and were Suffolk champions in 41 events.

Leading the way for the team were two of Stowmarket’s veteran swimmers.

Andy Wright won all seven of his races in the 55-59 years age group and was equal second in the top male swimmer award, while Len Phoenix also won all six of his swims in the 60-64 years group.

The gold rush continued with Ollie Bumstead winning four of his five races in the 30-34 years age, while David Harrison demolished all opposition in the four 25-29 years sprint events.

Dale Barker clocked up some fast times in the 50-54 years group, winning his 200m front crawl and the 50m and 100m backstroke events. He was second in the 50m butterfly and third in the 50m front crawl.

Tom Harrison also clinched a trio of golds in the 30-34 years’ 50m front crawl, 50m breaststroke and 50m backstroke and was second behind Bumstead in the 50m fly.

Joe Freezer’s power took him to gold in the 100m individual medley and silver in the 50m backstroke, and 50m and 100m butterfly.

Clive Mitson secured silver in the 40-44 years’ 50m front crawl and 50m breaststroke, and bronze medals in the 200m front crawl, 50m backstroke, 50m butterfly and 100m individual medley.

Leesa Woollard came second in the 40-44 years ladies’ 50m butterfly and recorded her fastest times since 2009 in three of her swims.

Sue Penman was third in four events — 200m and 100m front crawl and 100m and 50m backstroke. She swam a pb in the 100m front crawl.

Three swimmers competed in their first ever masters meet.

Chloe Woollard won gold in the 16-24 years’ 100m butterfly, swimming a pb of 2mins 55.69secs in her 200m front crawl and beating her mother in two races.

Ruairidh Penman clinched bronze in the 100m front crawl, and brother Alasdair swam a pb of 38.32 in the 50m backstroke.