Devonport Royal, Dartmoor Darts, Tavistock and Caradon all win medals at masters championships

DEVONPORT Royal, Dartmoor Darts, Tavistock and Caradon all won medals at the 2023 Swim England Masters National Championships (25m) in Sheffield at the weekend.

Dartmoor Darts dominated the 100+ relay events at Ponds Forge, winning eight of them and claiming a silver while also breaking a host of records.

They set a new European record in the male/open 4x100m medley relay with a 3:41.62 swim. That beat the old British record, set in 2016, by eight seconds. Their team in that event was Daniel Cross, who broke the British backstroke record on the first leg, Kieran Preston, Sonny Trigg and Regan Lloyd.

They also won the 4x50m medley relay in a British record time of 1:40.12, with Jake Tyson coming in for Trigg in that final.

Henry Matthew joined Preston, Lloyd and Trigg to win the 4x100m male/open freestyle relay in 3:24.67.

Preston, Lloyd and Trigg were also winners and British record breakers in the 4x200m freestyle relay, where they teamed up with Jack Pickering. They clocked 7:45.53.

The Dartmoor men were also silver medallists in the 4x50m relay event, while their mixed team were also dominant.

They won the 4x200m mixed freestyle relay in 8:19.27 with Preston, Lloyd, Emma Wheeler and Dolly Trigg making up their team.

Darts followed that up with another gold and British record in the mixed 4x100m freestyle relay, with Dolly Trigg, Sonny Trigg, Lloyd and Lauren Quigley leading them to victory.

They also bagged gold in the mixed 4x50m medley relay in 1:49.59, which was another national record achieved by Quigley, Preston, Sonny and Dolly Trigg.

The same quartet also won gold and broke the British record in the 4x100m medley event in a time of 4:01.43. Quigley also set a national record on the opening backstroke leg.

Dartmoor Darts swimmer Rob Shaw enjoyed individual success, winning four medals and taking two fourth places.

He became national champion in the men’s 30-34 200m breaststroke event in 2:23.88. He was also runner-up in the men’s 30-34 100m butterfly with a 56.86 second swim. Shaw was also a bronze medal winner in the 200m IM and 100m IM. He clocked 2:12.05 in the 200m event and 59.18 in the 100m IM.

Club colleague Cross claimed two golds in the 50m and 100m men’s 25-29 years’ backstroke events. He clocked 25.32 seconds in the 50m and 54.98 in the 100m.

Devonport Royal enjoyed a successful meeting. Helen Kula-Przezwanski won three titles and also claimed a bronze medal.

Her gold medals came in the women’s 60-64 100m backstroke (1:24.03), 200m backstroke (3:00.81) and 200m IM (3:05.08), where she edged out Caradon swimmer Sheryl Taylor for the title. Kula-Przezwanski also took bronze in the 200m freestyle in 2:39.59.

Fellow Devonport Royal swimmer Charlie Smith won three medals at the championships in South Yorkshire.

Smith claimed the national title in the women’s 45-49 100m backstroke in 1:12.90. She took silver in the 50m backstroke in 33.82 seconds and secured bronze in the 50m freestyle event in 29.07 seconds. She just missed out on another medal in the 100m freestyle where she came fourth and Tavistock’s Sam Lake was seventh.

Lake did claim three medals in longer events. She bagged a silver in the women’s 45-49 800m (10:10.26) and secured bronzes in the 200m freestyle (2:24.14) and 400m (4:59.21).

Caradon’s Taylor finished with two silvers. As well as the one she won behind Kula-Przezwanski in the 200m IM, she also bagged one in the women’s 60-64 400m IM.

There was also a bronze medal for her Caradon team-mate Thomas Greet in the men’s 18-24 400m IM. He also came fourth in the 200m butterfly.

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