Karen swims her way to National gold!

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THREE Colne Masters swimmers were in action as well over a thousand people descended upon Sheffield for the ASA National Masters and Senior Age Group Championships at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre last weekend.

All competing in the 40 to 44 years age group, the star performer was Karen Driver, who won gold in the 1,500m Freestyle in a time of 19:05.34, which improved her personal best by over six seconds. She then went onto finish second in the 800m Freestyle in a time of 9:59.40, which was another personal best.

This was followed by a determined effort to snatch bronze by 0.01 of a second in the 200m Freestyle in a time of 2:22.11, her best time for the year.

In her final race she claimed another bronze in the 400m Freestyle with a time of 4:53.37, which was another new personal best.

Sprinter Stephen Smith found the competition much harder as several faster swimmers had moved up to the age group. He finished sixth in the 100m Freestyle in a season’s best time of 56.64, followed with a seventh place in the 50m Freestyle in a time of 25.57.

Philip Croxall started the weekend with a 10th place finish in the 100m Breaststroke in a time of 1:17.18, followed by a 12th place finish in the 100m Freestyle in a time of 1:00.13. After that things got better as he finished seventh in the 200m Breaststroke in a time of 2:48.89, his best time for four years. This was followed by a new personal best and fifth place finish in the 200m Freestyle in a time of 2:13.10.

On the final day he finished sixth in the 400m Freestyle with a time of 4:44.48 and in 13th place in the 50m Breaststroke with a time of 34.73, which was again his best time over the last four years.