Fenland swimmer sets two British records

By ADAM LAZZARI A CHATTERIS swimmer set two British records and bagged five gold medals at the ASA National Masters and Senior Age Group Championships in Sheffield. Stephen Mavin, 34, set British records in the 30-34 age group for the 50m and 100m butter

By ADAM LAZZARI

A CHATTERIS swimmer set two British records and bagged five gold medals at the ASA National Masters and Senior Age Group Championships in Sheffield.

Stephen Mavin, 34, set British records in the 30-34 age group for the 50m and 100m butterfly with times of with 25.04secs and 55.57secs respectively.

He also set regional and club records as he won gold in the 50m and 100m freestyle and 100m medley.


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Mavin won bronze in the 50m backstroke, men's 4x50m freestyle relay and men's 4x50m individual medley relay with club-mates Kevin Barter, Martyn Fresher and his brother Garry Mavin.

Stephen said: "I missed out on the British 50m butterfly record by just 0.03 of a second last year so I had trained hard and was focused on doing it this time. I looked straight at the time board when I finished and was delighted. The 100m record was a bonus, as I wasn't expecting that."

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Stephen, who competed in the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Canada and World Cup in Germany in 2001, said: "Until the last couple of years I'd put swimming on the back-burner to compete in triathlons and iron man events so it's great to come back to the sport and do so well."

The ASA National Masters was superb competition for Chatteris Kingfishers.

In the same age group Kevin Barter won gold in the 50m and 100m backstroke with regional and club records, won silver in the 50m butterfly and bronze in the 100m butterfly.

In the 45-49 years age group Andrew Fresher was fourth in the 50m butterfly with a regional record, fifth in the 100m breaststroke and 10th in the 100m freestyle, both personal best times.

Martyn Fresher was fourth in the 100m breaststroke, fourth in the 200m breaststroke, fifth in the 100m medley and 12th in the 50m freestyle, all in PBs.

Garry Mavin, competing, for the first time in 15 years, in the 35-39 years age group, gained two fourths, a fifth, sixth and seventh, all in PBs.

Swimming in the 19-24 years age group Gary Smith gained a silver medal in the 200m backstroke, while Mark Thompson gained silver in the 200m butterfly.

Also swimming in the 19-24 years age group was Bastaain Nooteboom who capped off an excellent meet, with a lifetime best in the 100m freestyle.

Stephen said: "Chatteris now has one of the top Masters swimming teams in the country. When you consider the size of the club and the facilities we work with that is a remarkable achievement and a real credit to the people of Chatteris.

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