Bangor Amateur Swimming Club’s David Bell, a masters swimmer in the 45 – 49 age group, recently swam in the GB National Masters Swimming Championships 2018 in Sheffield. Held over three days at Ponds Forge, one of the UK’s best competition pools, the Nationals are swum in Short Course format (25m) and qualifying times are set for this competition to keep the standard high.
Friday was David’s toughest day with three races, one in each session. Starting with the 1500m Freestyle, David swam an amazing 30 second PB (Personal Best) and finished in 6th. This long distance event is a race of stamina where you must save something for a fast finish but start the race too fast and you’ll pay the price later! 100m Backstroke was next with another PB and 5th place finish. Last up for day one was David’s favourite race, the gruelling 200m Butterfly, and he came home with a 5 second PB and ended up in 5th. He was over the moon with his results from day one.