Past and present members of the University Sport Birmingham swimming club were out in force at the British National Masters and Senior Age Group Championships, collecting no less than 17 medals and some club records between them.
The three day competition, held at the Manchester Aquatics Centre, saw the best of the British Masters field battle it out over events which included 50, 100 and 200 metres of each stroke, 400, 800, and 1500 metres freestyle, and 200 and 400 metres individual medley.
Current students Emily Charlton and Mark Billyard both picked up three gold’s, while fellow student Kathryn Loveys collected a silver medal.
Swimming alumni also did the team proud, with Trevor Clarke winning two silvers and a bronze, Pete Ross a silver while Suzanne Hurst won a gold, two silvers and a bronze.
Further success was seen in the relay races with the USB team collecting a gold in the 4 x 50 Women’s Freestyle and bronze medals in the 4 x 50 Mixed Freestyle and 4 x 50 Mixed Medley.
Team member and relay medal winner Clarisse Gabriel Smith said of the event: “It was such a brilliant weekend, not just because of the swimming but because of the team spirit both amongst the current swimmers and the Alumni. We’re now all looking forward to the English Masters Nationals in October and the British Championships next year.”