Mid Sussex Marlins Masters At The National Championships

Mid Sussex Marlins Masters At The National Championships

The events took place at Ponds Forge in Sheffield from October 26th – 28th

A team of 16 Swimmers, representing the Mid Sussex Marlins competed over the three day event in Sheffield, swimming in a total of 67 individual events between them and a further 10 relays over the course of the championships.

The results were staggering with the individual medal totals being 8 Gold’s, 7 Silver’s and 9 Bronze medals and 19 new club records.

Out of the 10 relay’s swam, Mid Sussex Marlins brought home a further 4 Gold’s, and 2 Silver’s.

On top of this two of the ladies relay teams swam to victory by also breaking the British and European Records, in the (240+ age group) 4+100m Medley Relay and the (240+ age group) 4+100m Freestyle relay.

And to complete the championships, as well as the medal podium finishes, swimmers also gained a total of 32 top ten places, and a further 12 top 18 places. With many of the Mid Sussex Swimmers also setting new personal best times in the pool.

Amongst the 16 Marlins swimmers, it was a first time for three of the ladies competing at the notorious Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield, these were Lisa Mills, Ann Gale and Vickie Davies.

For the other Marlins swimmers it was one of many, including Sally Mills the current British and European Record holder in the individual 200m Butterfly (60-64 age group) who has retained her title this year, which she broke at lasts years National Championships in Sheffield, a record that had stood for 13 years.

On the podium the new British and European Record holders receiving their Medals for the Ladies 4+100m Medley relay are (left to right) Jill Rocky, Sally Mills, Judith McKerchar and Kathy Bidnall.

Pictured Below all 16 of the Men and Women representing Mid Sussex Marlins, that competed at the National Championships last month.

Back Row (left to right) Liz Griffin-Hind, Sally Mills, Mark Salway, Clare Chilton, Sarah Dennis, Sarah Davison, Vickie Davis, Ann Gale, and Mary Johnson. Front Row (left to right) Andrew Burgess, Allison Gwynn, Lisa Mills, Jill Rocky, Judith McKerchar, Kathy Bidnall, Coral Wallis.

Some of these swimmers are looking ahead to the Fina World Championships in Gwangju South Korea next year, in a bid to raise the funds they have a crowdfunding page on just giving to read more and to support them, please go to their page: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/lisa-mills-1