Hemel Masters at the FINA World (and South African) Masters Championships


Hemel masters traveled the world – with seven of our swimmers competing in the prestigious FINA 2012 World Masters Championships in Rimini, Italy and another competing in the South African National Championship.

The FINA event saw some of the world’s best masters swimmers competing in various age groups ranging from 25-29 years through to 95-99 years.

Pam Ware put in some solid performances gaining three top fifty finishes in the 50M free and 100M free gaining 33rd place in the 50M fly.  Teammate Adrienne Monger swam in the 200IM and 50M free where she finished 77th.

Veteran breastroke swimmer Mike Pigott  won his heat in the 50M breast in a time of 39.21 and finished 130th in the 50M free whilst Kevin McKenna, competing in the same age group, just missed the top 100 in the 200IM finishing 102nd. Kevin also swam the 50M free finishing 122nd.

James McFarlane swimming in his first World Masters competition swam PBs in both the 200IM and 50M fly and lastly Dave Pirrie gained 20th place in the 200m breastroke and 30th in the 50M breast and 32nd in the 200IM rounding off a good few days for the club.

Finally the over 200 years relay team comprising Chris Hollick, Pam Ware, Mike Pigott and Dave Pirrie finished a credible 37th in the 4x50M free relay.

Elsewhere Hemel’s Annette Thatcher captured the South African masters 50M breastroke title during a trip home.  Congratulations Annette.

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