Records tumble as duo find best form

Sudbury Masters Swimmers'Vicki Buck and Thomas Williams at Ponds Forge, Sheffield'National Masters competition
Sudbury Masters Swimmers'Vicki Buck and Thomas Williams at Ponds Forge, Sheffield'National Masters competition

SUDBURY swimmers Thomas Williams and Vicki Buck tested themselves against the best swimmers in the country and yet again delivered outstanding performances, winning one gold and two bronze medals together with two new east region records.

Williams (25-29 year age group), competing in his inaugural National Masters competition, was first in action on day one at Ponds Forge, Sheffield, finishing sixth in the 100m breaststroke in a time of 1mins 7.79secs, bettering his entry time by 1.56 seconds.

In the 100m freestyle, the competition was fierce, but he acquitted himself well, finishing 18th out of 51 with a time of 57.20secs, and similarly in the 100m individual medley posting a time of 1min 4.98secs to finish in 14th spot.

Williams finished the day with the first of his two east region records.

In the 200m breaststroke, despite finishing in fourth place, he clocked a time of 2.30.12 to pip his own record by 0.64 of a second.

Saving his best swim to last, entering a time of 2.25.25 in the 200m butterfly — probably the most gruelling event for any swimmer — Williams was in sparkling form and powered past the opposition to win the gold medal comfortably and put the icing on the cake with a winning time of 2.19.17, breaking the previous East Region record by 6.74 seconds.

Vicki Buck (60-64 year age group), came to the competition not expecting to be among the medals, but buoyed by her performances at Newmarket earlier in the month, swam out of her skin to pick up two bronze medals.

The first came in the 100m freestyle, recording a time of 1.28.72, knocking 1.58 from her previous best.

Buck continued her good form in the 200m freestyle to win a second bronze, again posting a personal best of 3.08.18 — a 3.57-second improvement.

Former Sudbury Master swimmer Ashley Buck, now with Newmarket, produced a clean sweep in the 30-34 year age group backstroke events, wining gold in the 50m, 100m and 200m events plus two East Region records — one in the 200m backstroke and the other in the 200m freestyle.