Masters win again

PUBLISHED: 15:15 25 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:22 06 May 2010

Steve Ong and Heather Edwards holding the cup

Steve Ong and Heather Edwards holding the cup

SWIMMERS from St Albans were in impressive form at the Herts ASA Masters Championship meet on Saturday. St Alban s Masters Swimming Club (STAMSC) won the McMullen Masters Club Trophy emphatically, for the third year in succession at Borehamwood

SWIMMERS from St Albans were in impressive form at the Herts ASA Masters Championship meet on Saturday.

St Alban's Masters Swimming Club (STAMSC) won the McMullen Masters Club Trophy emphatically, for the third year in succession at Borehamwood with 553 points, ahead of second-placed Hartham with 358 points, and third-placed Hatfield with 207 points.

The 35 swimmers from STAMSC dominated, collecting a total of 18 individual gold medals, 24 silver and 36 bronze. Strong performances came from Jo Lee-Pearce with three golds, one silver and one bronze, and Janet Gardiner with two golds and two silver, and for the men Craig Kirkland with five golds as well as breaking two championship records in the 50m fly and 50m freestyle.

Other Gold medallists for the women were Heather Edwards and Belinda McGinley, and for the men Daniel Asplund, Kevin Brammer, Duncan Beveridge, Craig Muckleston and Martin Scott. The relay results are not included, but will be on the STAMSC website as soon as possible.

STAM's chairman Richard Sumner was delighted with the club's performance. He said: "Thank you to everyone who competed or helped, we had a tremendous team of swimmers who supported each other solidly throughout the whole competition. A huge thank you also to our coach Josie Hoare, her commitment to our sessions and confidence in our abilities encouraged us all to perform at our best."

With a growing membership of over 80, the club aims to attract swimmers of all ages and ability who want to swim to maintain fitness and, if they wish to, can compete in a number of annual competitive events. See the website at www.stamsc.co.uk for more information about St Albans Masters swimming club.

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