World Masters 2012 in Italy
Amidst the splendid sunshine in Riccione the Masters team competed in their first event today; the 100m Free. With over 100 heats for the Women and over 200 for the Men it took a while!
Sasha Forster completed her 100 Free in 1:09.73, a personal best and to think all she was worried about before the event was not getting a NT, she finished 5th ranked Brit in her age group. John also got a long course PB of 1:13:97 with Rich achieving a 59.71 their performances gained them 3rd and 2nd ranked Brits in their respective age groups. So, more pasta tonight, more sun tomorrow (sigh) and on to the 200 Free and 50 Fly with the boys getting the outdoor pool tomorrow.
Day Two "started" with the 200 Free for John a pause for the 50 Fly for Sasha and an enormous wait for Rich in the 50 Fly. John competed late in the morning in the outdoor pool way after the scheduled start and recorded another long course PB. Then the problems continued, with the Women's 50 Fly event starting early because somehow the previous event finished ahead of schedule which resulted in many competitors missing their 50 Fly heats, fortunately Sasha was just in time and another long course PB resulted, she annihilated the others in her heat. In the outdoor pool things just got slower and slower, there were simply too many male entries in the 400 IM, 200 Free and 50 Fly. Rich was scheduled to compete about 19:45 and he ended up competing at 23:30! On the positive side it was great to see racing under floodlights and the atmosphere at the pool was fantastic. A quick run back to the hotel for some sleep and up early for day three.
Day Three was the 50 Free and we had all the possible results:- Sasha with another long course PB, Rich with a very respectable time and John missing the qualifying time by 0.09s resulting in a NT, but at least he was the fastest of the rubbish.
So in summary so far 5 PB's, 1 NT and some other respectable times with just the 400 Free for John on Saturday and some serious spectating, sunbathing and training to fill in the gap.
Have a look at the photos:- the facilities and the competition are fantastic, just the organisation leaves something to be desired, but this is Italy and the food weather and wine are great so who cares?
To all the other Masters "You should have come here it's great!" to all the Parents "Get your kit on and start training" and to all the prospective Masters "Keep (start) training, get older and join us we'd love to have you with us!".