Club swimmers are masters of the pool

The Matlock and District Swimming Club masters squad.
The Matlock and District Swimming Club masters squad.

Matlock and Distict Swimming Club members were once again triumphant at a gala they hosted at The Lido on Saturday.

Competing against visiting teams from Cheadle and Etwall, the MAD A squad won the gala with 146 points. Cheadle had 136 points and Etwall Eagles 127 points.

The MAD squad demonstrated true determination and enthusiasm in many close-fought races. Credit must be given to the younger swimmers with many of them representing the club for the first time.

MAD swimmers once again put in excellent performances during the gala and, in total, there were 18 first places out of 49 races, and, even better, personal bests were achieved in all but two of the individual races, which clearly demonstrates that all the hard work and commitment put in by the under 14 age group swimmers is paying dividends.

The club is clearly going from strength to strength, as not only did the A team win the gala, but MAD were able to have an B and C team, enabling many novice swimmers to enjoy the gala experience and gain vital knowledge for future competitions.

Jorge Thompson, senior boys club captain, describing his pride in his fellow swimmers, stated “the result was great and shows that the younger swimmers at MAD have clearly got huge potential. With the Derbyshire Championships shortly coming up, I am sure MAD swimmers will represent the club well and I expect numerous MAD swimmers will be coming away with many Personal Best times and top podium places.”

Meanwhile, the Matlock and District masters swimming squad put in a superb performance at the Rykneld Masters Open Meet at Sharley Park Leisure Centre in Clay Cross.

Fielding a team of nine swimmers, everyone came away with a least one medal. Swim of the day had to go to Marcus Bell, newly returned to club swimming after a break of 25 years, who swam an outstanding 100m breaststroke to be beaten into second place by a mere 1/100th of a second. Marcus also won a bronze in the 50m breaststroke.

A haul of medals was taken home by four other swimmers in their individual age group swims. Gail Cross won three golds in her breaststroke and individual medley events, Kevin Sellors won two golds, two silvers and a bronze across all strokes and individual medley, John Davey took three golds in breaststroke and backstroke and Cate Caine came home with four golds, four silvers and a bronze, competing in all strokes and individual medley across a range of distances. Cate also won the award for top lady swimmer at the event.

These swimmers were joined in the relay events by Ralph Cross, Gloria Bevan, Liz Pasteur and Duncan McFarlane to bring home all the team events in first or second place. Gloria was also competing for the first time in an open event and came fourth in her individual 50m freestyle, and Ralph put in a spirited 50m breaststroke.

This Matlock team goes from strength to strength as it enters more competitions, with new swimmers competing in every event. Head coach Gary McCaffery continues to be delighted with his older club members and said: “It was so good to see all the hard work has paid off over the winter months with many a MAD swimmer achieving PBs and medals. Matlock masters squad is growing in depth in all areas and is becoming a force to be reckoned with, as well as a pleasure to coach’.