Camden Swiss Cottage swimmers collect medals of every colour at National Masters Championships

Nuala Muir-Cochrane won a silver medal in the 1500m freestyle in the 50-54 years age category

Nuala Muir-Cochrane won a silver medal in the 1500m freestyle in the 50-54 years age category - Credit: Archant

A small group of masters competitors from Camden Swiss Cottage collected medals of every colour at the ASA National Masters Championships, held at Ponds Forge pool in Sheffield.

In the very last event of the competition, Jessica Thorpe clinched gold in the tough 800m freestyle in the 30-34 years age category, clocking nine minutes 44.13 seconds.

Open water specialist Nuala Muir-Cochrane also made the podium in a successful return to pool racing, taking silver in the longest distance race – the 1500m freestyle – in the 50-54 years age category, posting a time of 19:54.47.

In the shorter events, sprinter Celia Marcadal powered to double bronze in the 50m backstroke and 50m freestyle in the 25-29 years category, as well as taking fourth place in the 100m freestyle and the fifth spot in the 100m backstroke.

Sara McGrath was just outside the medals, coming fourth in the 200m butterfly in the 25-29 years age group – as was Chris Hopton, who was fifth in the 400m freestyle in the 40-44 years section, while also making the top 10 in the 100m freestyle with an eighth-place finish.

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Camden Swiss Cottage’s stand-out performers at the National Masters Championships will be aiming to take part and maybe even get on the podium when the LEN European Masters Championships are held at the Olympic pool in Stratford next year.

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