The Swim England Masters National Championships is the highlight of the National Masters short course calendar and took place at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge International Sports Centre from 25th to 27th October. Over 1,000 competitors came together to fight it out in the pool and to be crowned this year’s champions.

Our own Ollie Samy qualified and took part in the 50 Breast (8th in final) and the 100 Breast (7th in final) and several relay events. He was swimming for Otter SC for this occasion.

Swimming at the Masters Nationals in October is always a great atmosphere and a good vibe event. I started a new programme in September with Croydon Amphibians, who I used to swim with as a kid and have now returned. I’m aiming for a time of 1:02 for the 100 Breast at the end of this season, which will be a huge achievement getting back in the pool after some time off. It’s always good to get some swimming in to see what the postgraduate boys and girls are doing and have some serious swimmers. A tough field, but I was happy with the result. Ollie Samy

We’re very happy to have you back with us Ollie!

Frances Wilson also competed at the Masters National Championship. Frances competed in three events

– 200 Free, 400 Free and 800 Free. She followed that up with a trip to Wales for their Short Course Championships where she achieved gold in the 400 Free. Frances also swam in the 100 and 200 Free.

Marianne Rooke-Allden and Anne Raymond went to the Short Course South East Regionals. Marianne achieved two golds in 200 Free and IM and also a bronze in the 100 Back. Anne won gold in 200 Breaststroke and silver in 100 Breaststroke.

Anne also went to the Short Course Nationals competing in 100 and 200 Breaststroke, 200 IM and 400 Free.

Marianne, Matt Stone and John Prowting travelled to the new Barnett Copthall pool to compete in their 1500m meet.

Finally, Deborah Vine has qualified for the World Cold Water Swimming Championships, which will be held in Lake Bled, Slovenia next year.