SWIFT Masters won 14 medals at the 2016 Spring Short Course National swimming championship in Greensboro, North Carolina last week.
Over the four full days of competition against the best in the United States, all four Swift swimmers claim medals, awarded at a national championship to the top 10 swimmers in each event per age group. Percy Knowles, Andy Knowles, Nancy Knowles and April Savage (daughter of Andy and Nancy) made it a family affair with three generations of the Knowles family taking home the hardware.
Percy Knowles, competing in the 85-89 age bracket, won medals with a victory in the 200m breaststroke in 4min 37.88sec, a second place in the 200m freestyle in 4:08.25, third places in the 100m freestyle in 1:52.1 and the 50m breaststroke in 56.41, and a fifth placein the 50m freestyle in 49.87.
Andy Knowles, competing in the 60-64 age bracket, won medals with a third in the 200m freestyle in 2min 04.20sec, a fourth in the 500m freestyle in 5:39.94, fifth places in the 400m individual medley in 5:18.09 and in the 200m butterfly in 2:38.94, and a sixth in the 1,650m freestyle in 20:03.60.
Nancy Knowles, competing in the 55-59 age bracket, won a medal with a ninth place in the 100m butterfly in 1min 43.23sec. Nancy also improved her times in the 50m and 100m freestyle.
April Savage, competing in the 30-34 age bracket, won medals with seventh places in the 50m breaststroke in 35.16sec and in the 50m freestyle in 26.92 and a ninth place in the 100m individual medley in 1:09.97. All swims were faster than her entry times.
It is the 11th year that Swift has attended the US National Swimming Championships for Masters, starting in 2006 in Coral Springs, Florida, when the four swimmers were in younger age groups. Swift has also attended four World Championships and continues to represent both country and club well.
Masters swimming is a good form of exercise and a great way to socialise. Swift Masters presently train at St Andrew’s School at different times each day.