World records smashed by Trafford Metro Swimming Club at British Gas ASA National Masters

By Matthew Lees

World, European and British records were smashed by a Trafford swimming club at an event last weekend.

Trafford Metro Swimming Club broke four world records, three European records and four British records at the British Gas ASA National Masters and Senior Age Group Championships in Sheffield.

The club finished the Championships with 70 medals in total, including 33 gold, 27 silvers and 10 bronzes.

Swimmers Lucy Lloyd-Roach, Sarah Healey, Laura Bowden and Emma Ross broke the World record in the women’s 4x100m Freestyle relay 100-119 age category in a time of 4:05.61.

Lloyd-Roach said: ‘It was a fantastic race. We knew we were in with a chance of the world record, and thought it would be close as to whether we got it.

“We all swam out of our skins and went under it by a few seconds, which made it an even better feeling when we saw the time.”

The first world record of the gala was from Trafford  when Lloyd-Roach, Rebecca Lennon, Ross and Bowden won the women’s 4x200m Freestyle relay 100-119 category beating the old record by five seconds.

Lloyd-Roach then joined Tracie Gorst, Jo Bolton and Helen Sadler to set a new world record of 4:42.41 in the 4×100 Medley Relay 160-199 category.

Paul Barnard and Benjamin Silver combined with Bowden and Lloyd-Roach clocking 8:34.10 in the mixed 4x200m Freestyle 100-119 relay, setting another world record.

Metro’s 200-239 category swimmers broke European records in the mixed 4x100m medley, mixed 200 medley and the men’s 4x100m medley.

Four British records were also broken by Trafford, with Healey attaining an individual record in the women’s 100m Butterfly with a time of 1:03.53.

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