Masters turn in an impressive display

Matlock and District Swimming Club's masters squad.
Matlock and District Swimming Club's masters squad.

Matlock and District Swimming Club’s Masters swimmers put in an outstanding performance last weekend at the Etwall Eagles Masters open event, which doubles as the Derbyshire championships.

The club came sixth overall, from a field of over 40 clubs from across the UK, and swimmers brought home a total of 14 Derbyshire Championship gold medals.

Swim of the day came from Suzanne Macfadzean, making her debut at Masters events, who put in a late entry and brought home the gold medal in the 100m breaststroke for her age group.

Cate Read swept the board in the freestyle, butterfly, backstroke and individual medley events, winning a total of seven golds, and Gail Cross won both breaststroke events and the 50m freestyle.

Further gold medals were won by newcomers to the club, Paul Keens and Katie Gascoyne, in their freestyle and backstroke events respectively.

Ralph Cross, Gavin Simmons and Marcus Bell also put in some fine performances with some personal best times, and the eight swimmers were able to put in some good relay swims in the male, female and also the mixed events.

Another Matlock swimmer, Kevin Sellors, enjoyed some successful swims at the recent British Masters event at Sheffield.

He competed in 100m freestyle, 50m backstroke and 100m individual medley, and achieved top ten places in all his events.

Matlock Masters squad is going from strength to strength, continuing to reap success on a local, county and national level.

As a result the squad is growing in size, with swimmers of all ages and abilities keen to join.

Coach Gary McCaffery was delighted with the recent results.

”We now have a solid squad of approximately 47 Masters swimmers who have developed into a formidable team.

“The determination and application to train hard is clearly seen by the results they are achieving.

“I have no doubt this squad will go from strength to strength.’

The spring and summer will see more Masters events on the calendar and the swing towards Open Water swimming.

The Masters squads are open to adults who can swim but are wanting to increase their speed, endurance and overall swimming skills.

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