Vintage display from Masters of the pool

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A group of seven Masters representatives from Hemel Hempstead Swimming Club rolled back the years at the Senior Age Group and Masters Open event in Bracknell.

The team – consisting of Mark Ayres, Rachel Barber, Dave Pirrie, Adrienne Monger, Kevin McKenna, James McFarlane and Pam Ware – put in a top display to come home with a total of 11 medals.

Ware led the way, winning gold for her age group in the womens’ 50m butterfly, followed shortly afterwards by a second gold in the freestyle event.

She then added a third medal to her collection by coming a close second to take silver in the 100IM in her age group.

Not to be outdone, Pirrie secured a gold medal in the 100m breaststroke and silvers in the 50m freestyle and 100m IM in his – slightly older – age category.

Elsewhere, bronze medals came courtesy of Barber in the 100IM and 50m backstroke, and McKenna in the 50m backstroke.

Ayres, the most senior member of the team, also brought home bronze for his efforts in the 50m breaststroke.

Monger, meanwhile, swam well in a very strong age group, narrowly missing out on a medal in both of her events.

The day was rounded off in style as the men secured a well-deserved third place in the men’s 200+ years 4 x 25m freestyle relay race, with a time of 54.61.