Thu, 14 May 2015
SWIMMING: Team captain and club coach Dave Millburn led Newbury Swimming Club’s charge to 22 medals at the Gloucester Masters Meet at the GL1 Leisure Centre.
Newbury finished fifth overall just behind the much bigger squads from Birmingham, Gloucester, Oxford and Basingstoke, but ahead of the likes of Teddington, Cardiff and Bristol and Bath.
Millburn led the way to return with five gold medals after winning the 200m and 400m freestyle, 100m butterfly and the 50m and 100m breaststroke.
The only event he did not win was the 100m freestyle in which he was nudged into second position with a losing margin of less than 1-10th of a second.
Graeme Nicholson kept up Newbury's string of results in the freestyle taking gold at the 50m distance to add to his win at the same distance in butterfly and bronze in the 100m medley.
Naomi Reynolds won gold in the 400m medley and a bronze in the 100m medley and Penny Hogeveld, who recently returned to competitive swimming after a 28-year break, proved that it is never too late to make a comeback when winning the silver medal in the 100m medley and a hotly contested 50m freestyle.
She also won bronze in a string of events including the 50m butterfly, 50m breaststroke, 100m backstroke and 100m butterfly.
Lindsay Kelly Onay pipped Penny Hogeveld for silver in the 50m freestyle and also took bronze in the 400m freestyle while Ian Clague won silver in the 100m and Peter Gower bronze in his 50m butterfly and 100m freestyle age group.