This year the Long Course National Masters Championships was held in Swansea at the National swim centre from 13th - 15th June 2014. OTS managed to double the number of swimmers from last years event which was held down in Plymouth although one of the OTS members was just supporting oh and running all over when ever he could. The team consisted of Chris P, Lucille, David D-M, Tom, Lizzie and Martin S (chief supporter).
The weekend started on Friday with the 1500m race. Lucille was the first OTS swimmer to compete in only her second 1500m race (her first just being a week previous at WAMM). Having never swam 1500m long course before she put in a fantastic performance finishing in a time of 27:05:48 and gained 6th place.
Next up was Chris in the 100m frontcrawl, swimming a time of 1:22:09 and a long course PB. Chris was also my hero of the day as he saved me from gay shame having left my razor at the hotel and needing to shave down before the 200m IM! Oh yes it does make a difference. 200m IM saw Lucille swim a solid 3.45 (after a 1500m) and I broke 2.40 for the first time ever long course going 2:39:45 to win silver.
Saturday morning started with the Tom show, well what we mean was that the 400m fc was the first event and Tom was in the first event with two 80 plus year old men as he had entered his 800m fc time!!! So the heat was all about Tom and he swam a good time but has also learnt to check his entry times very carefully in the future. Tom finished 6th in his 'new' age group and David D-M finished 5th in his.
The next hero of the weekend was David and his amazing skills in helping me into my super duper fastskin suit. I'm sorry to say Clinton and Martin B you may have lost your job!!! I then swam the 100m butterfly in 1:06:52 and broke the British Record that had stood for 12 years! I followed this up with a great 50m fly on the Sunday again lowering my British record for that event!
Chris had a very successful weekend swimming, the 3rd weekend on the bounce of swimming competitions for him and he produced 3 PB's, two of which were long course PB's.
David had to wait for the last event of the weekend for his main event. the 800m fc and swimming out of his skin he lived up to his nickname 'sharkie' and smashed his PB by 10 seconds to take bronze.
Out To Swim is where the heart is!