18 June 2019
Over the weekend of 14th-16th June four members of Caradon Swimming Club travelled up to Swansea to compete in the British Masters Championships, the highest level of domestic Masters swimming in Great Britain.
The event takes place in a long course 50m pool and this year was the turn of Wales to host the event, which rotates between England, Scotland and Wales every year. It sees Britain’s fastest Masters swimmers in action and it’s not unusual to see World, European and British records broken.
Vicki Buck, Helen Kula-Przezwanski, Samantha Crosby and Paul Hatton from Caradon Masters entered 19 events between them.
Vicki Buck entered the 100 and 200 meter Freestyle and 50,100 & 200 meter Backstroke. Vicki attacked all her races with real gusto and just missed out on a medal in her 100 Freestyle, going on to swim a seasons best in her 50 meter Backstroke and finished off her competition swimming the 100 meter Backstroke in her fastest time for 2 years.
Helen Kula-Przezwanski was on fire at the Nationals this year setting not 1 but 2 British records in the 200 metre Freestyle and breaking her own British record, the 100 metre Backstroke. Helen took a total of 6 Gold Medals which at National level is truly an amazing achievement. Helen won Gold in the 400 metre Individual Medley, 50 meter Backstroke, 200 meter Backstroke, 200 meter Freestyle, 200 meter Individual Medley and the 100 metreBackstroke.
Samantha Crosby competed in 6 events over the 3-day competition. Sam’s first event was the 100 metre Freestyle, a very heavily contested event in which Sam swam a great race and achieved a new Long Course Personal Best. It was Gold for Sam in her next race as she won the 100 metre Butterfly, before finishing her second day of competing with another long course personal best, in the 50 metre Freestyle . Sam’s final day saw her take on the 100 metre Backstroke and the 200 metre Butterfly. Sam ended her National Meet by setting yet another personal best in the 100 Backstroke and winning the Silver Medal in the 200 Butterfly.
Paul Hatton swam in the 800, 400 and 200 metreFreestyle events. He opened his campaign with the 800, which he swam well keeping a good solid pace and came 2nd to claim the Silver Medal. The final day was the 400 Freestyle for Paul, the competition was strong, but Paul again put in another strong performance and used all his strength to take the Bronze Medal.
The Caradon Masters really did themselves and the whole Club proud. Congratulations!