Medals galore for the Masters

Ashburton swimmers showing off their medal haul from the Masters Games in Dunedin are (from left) Alison Fleming, Manette Boucher, Helen Argyle and Cherie Summers-Wright.

Ashburton master swimmers have returned home with a fistful of medals from the Masters Games in Dunedin.

The club, which swims out of the EA Networks Centre, sent a team of five to the event, all returning with medals.

Steve Prescott was the first to compete, in the 3km open water swim held in chilly Otago Harbour, and exited the water first for a gold medal.

Four women were in action at Moana Pool, with events held over two days.

Team member Helen Argyle said it was the best showing ever by Ashburton masters swimmers at the games and the women brought home another 21 medals. New member Cherie Summers-Wright landed six silver medals, Alison Fleming six silver and bronze, Manette Boucher five silver and bronze and Argyle one gold and one silver.

Argyle, who swims in the 70-74 category, said the four also teamed up to win the medley relay and took silver in the freestyle relay.

“It was a great achievement.”

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