English Masters Short Course Championships

Berkhamsted swimming club had competitors at both ends of the age range recently.

Mark Strakosch and Tracy Van DeVenter travelled to Sheffield for the English masters Short Course Championships while 4 swimmers went to the Inspire, Luton complex to compete in the Regional Winter Champs joined by a couple of lads for the relays sessions as well.

In Sheffield, Tracy & Mark were up against the best Masters swimmers in the country and turned in some exceptional performances.

Tracy took on the two longest events on the schedule, the 400m Individual medley and 800m Free and set personal bests on both, placing 5th on each occasion. Her 400m IM saw her go sub 6 minutes for the first time (5:58.30) having started with a first 100m fly which was only 3 seconds slower than her best for the 100m on its own. She followed up with her best effort in the 800m free which again, at half way was just 3 seconds outside her 400m best time, showing how strong she has become, despite being laden with cold ahead of the swim, posting 10:42.88 for the full distance.

Mark was swimming faster than he has done for the last 3 years, showing it is never too late to benefit from hard work.

In his 50m Free his 31.31 placed him 20th and in his 200m backstroke he clocked 2:52.61 for 10th before picking up his customary distance medal with bronze in the 800m free in 10:17.24 just outside the Regional record he was striving for.


Geoff Wood

Head Coach

Berkhamsted Swimming Club