September saw 6 Basingstoke Bluefin’s Swimmers and one team manager/official photographer travel to Eindhoven for the European Masters Swimming Championships. Swimming were Coach Steve Greenfield, Mark Straw, Catherine Shearn, Spencer Turner, Michelle Matson & Fleur Parker along with Debbie Straw in her photographic and support role.
The week in the pool started off with Mark and Catherine in Eindhoven. Mark competed in the 200, 400 and 800 Freestyle along with 50 fly, achieving 18th, 13th, 14th and 27th respectively. Some great swim and excellent times.
Catherine started the ladies pursuit with 50, 100 & 200 Fly, swimming really well and clocking up some season best times – especially in the 50 Fly – showing great fight and determination. She came 37th, 19th & 9th respectively. Superb to see a Top 10 spot in the 200 Fly.
Part way through the week saw the arrival of the Bluefins Relay team – Steve, Spencer, Michelle & Fleur. The relay team swam brilliantly securing 5th in Europe and a personal best time by nearly 2 seconds. The team also went on to swim individual races..
Steve Greenfield on a limited amount of training showed he still has it just missing the medals with 4th in the 100 Backstroke and then 10th in the 50 Fly.
Spencer Turner swam a personal best in the 100 Free with an outstanding 57. 92 coming 12th. He also went on to finish 19th in the 50 Free and 16th in the 100 Backstroke.
Michelle Matson improved by 6 seconds on her 200 Breaststroke from previous competitions this season finishing with a Top 10 spot in 9th place. She also swam a seasons best in the 50 Fly, finishing in 17th.
Fleur Parker picked up a Bronze medal in the 200 Backstroke with a personal best time and came 5th, 4th & 5th respectively in the 50 Free, 100 Back and 100 Free.
Saturday morning saw the move from the pool to the Canal in the heart of Eindhoven. This event is certainly not a splash and dash race or for the weak hearted – 3k. Great to see 3 Bluefins up for the challenge and all swam amazingly well – Michelle, Catherine and Mark. The 3 hard core swimmers placed 14th, 17th & 15th.
Well done Bluefins – great to see some amazing results in Europe!