A team from Flitwick Dolphins took part in the East Region Masters at the weekend with resounding success.
A team of six swimmers took part in 27 races and won 20 medals – eight golds, seven silvers and five bronzes – as well as setting one east region record.
For Dan Georgescu and Noreen Weighell it was their first ever competitive pool swims.
Dan, undaunted by 14km down the Thames in August, was a little nervous climbing the blocks for the first time as he took on the 400m freestyle.
He was fourth in that race but took silver in the 200m freestyle and the men’s medley relay.
Noreen, who is more likely to be officiating than swimming at these events, was most concerned about the possibility of being disqualified by her fellow judges, but her two swims in the mixed relays netted her two golds.
This was also the first time that Flitwick Dolphins had ever fielded masters relay teams and, after winning two golds in the 200+ combined age mixed relay and a silver in the men’s 160+ combined age medley relay, it won’t be the last.
While Dolphins are used to Liz Woolner (three golds, one silver and one East Region record) and Ian Murray (three golds, one silver and four bronzes) gaining success at these events it was the turn of two of the club’s senior committee members to show what they could do.
Treasurer Ian Fowler won silver in the 400m freestyle for his age group, as well as two team medals, while chairman Nigel Halford took two individual silvers and one bronze as well as a team silver.