Mavin smashes European record as March Marlins’ seniors and youngsters shine

BRITISH and European records tumbled as March Marlins’ most experienced swimmers blazed a golden trail at the British Gas Masters & Senior Age Group Championships.

The Marlins were inspired by a sensational performance from Stephen Mavin, who stole the show at Ponds Forge, Sheffield.

Competing in the 35-39 age group, Mavin set a new European record of 56.28secs in the 100m butterfly, narrowly missing out on the world record.

He collected gold medals in all of his six swims, breaking five British records and six East Region records in the process.

But there was more joy to be had for the Marlins in the 4x100m Medley Relay.


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Mavin was joined by Daniel Wardley-Smith, Martyn Fresher and Garry Mavin to compete in the event, which is contested by teams of a combined age of more than 160 years.

March’s quartet romped to victory in 4:14.76 - a new British and European record.

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The time, which was just shy of the world record, sealed a stunning competition for March’s senior swimmers, who brought home 11 gold medals.

The Marlins gained more success in Norwich at the weekend, as Andrew Fresher, Martyn Fresher and Richard O’Leary bagged seven medals between them.

Sunday saw the youngsters take over, with 20 medals and 24 new personal bests achieved at the West Norfolk open meet. Jack Tremain led the way with a hat-trick of medals which included gold in the 50m freestyle.

Under head coach Jo Pearce, March Marlins offer swimming teaching from school age through to full squad training. For more information contact 07974 074424.

Full results:

Stephen Mavin (March Marlins) - 35/39 Age Group –

100m Butterfly - European, British & East Region Record 56.28 - GOLD,

50m Backstroke - British & East Region Record 28.52 - GOLD,

100m Freestyle - British & East Region Record 53.92 - GOLD,

100m Backstroke - British & East Region Record 1.01.25 - GOLD,

200m IM - British & East Region Record 2.14.82 - GOLD,

50m Butterfly - East Region Record 25.47 - GOLD.

Daniel Wardley-Smith (March Marlins) - 30/34 Age Group -

100m Backstroke - East Region Record 1.01.69 – GOLD,

200m Backstroke - East Region Record 2.18.36 - GOLD,

50m Backstroke 29.91 - SILVER.

Garry Mavin (March Marlins) - 40/44 Age Group –

50m Butterfly 28.03 - GOLD,

100m Freestyle - East Region Record 57.35 - BRONZE,

50m Freestyle 26.18 - BRONZE.

Relays - Mens 400m Medley Team - European & British Record - 160+ years - 4.14.76 – GOLD, Mens 200m Medley Team - British Record - 160+ years - 1.53.90 - GOLD,

Both teams were Daniel Wardley-Smith (Backstroke), Martyn Fresher (Breastroke), Stephen Mavin (Fly), Garry Mavin (Freestyle).

Masters in Norwich

Andrew Fresher won gold in 50m backstroke and silver in 50m breaststroke.

Martyn Fresher gained gold in 50m breaststroke, silver in 50m freestyle and bronze in both 50m backstroke and 50m butterfly.

Richard O’Leary achieved bronze in 50m butterfly and 5th in 50m freestyle.

Youngsters in West Norfolk

Jack Tremain won gold in 50m freestyle, bronze in 50m butterfly, bronze in 50m backstroke, 4th in 100m IM, 5th in 50m breaststroke, new PB in 25m freestyle.

Jake Hoy achieved bronze in 50m breaststroke, new PB in 50m backstroke, 12 second PB in 100m IM, new time in 25m freestyle.

Nat Cook gained new PB in 50m freestyle, new time in 50m butterfly and 100m IM. Richard Petersen was close to his PBs in his races.

Senior Girls Captain Lucy Halls won bronze in 50m breastroke and new PB, 4th in 50m butterfly and new PB, 4th in 100m IM and new PB, 4th in 50m freestyle, 6th in 50m backstroke and new PB, new PB in 25m freestyle.

Katie McGowen won bronze in 50m butterfly, 4th in 50m breaststroke and new PB, 6th in 50m backstroke, new PB in 25m freestyle.

Lara Palmer new PB in 50m breaststroke, new time in 25m freestyle.

Chloe Richardson 6th in 100m IM and new PB, new PB in 50m butterfly and 25m freestyle.

Kahra Cottam bronze in 50m backstroke, 6th in 50m freestyle, 4th in 50m butterfly, new PB in 25m freestyle.

Rebecca Page-Mitchell new PB in 50m breaststroke and 25m freestyle.

Gemma McGowen new PB in 50m breaststroke and 25m freestyle.

Daniela Sarkovica new time in 50m breaststroke and 50m freestyle.

Jessica Palmer new time in 50m breaststroke and 25m freestyle.

Molly McGowen 6th in 50m butterfly and new PB, 6th in 50m breaststroke and new PB, new PB in 50m backstroke.

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