Karen is a Master blaster in the pool

Karen Driver (above, left) with team-mates at the British Masters finals

Karen Driver (above, left) with team-mates at the British Masters finals

First published in Sport

GOLDEN girl Karen Driver, from Colne Amateur Swimming Club, helped re-write the record books at the British Masters and Senior Age Group Championships.

Driver set a new British record in the women's 4x200m Freestyle Relay squad at the Wales National Pool in Swansea and then carried off a second gold medal in the 800m freestyle relay.

Swimming in the 40-44 age group for the Sub 160 Masters alongside Nicola Latty (Oundle), Jessica Wooddisse (Stroud Masters) and Sandra Jones (Gloucester Masters), the talented quartet clocked a time of 9mins 48.83secs, carving 16.09secs off the old record.

Driver was in action on day one of the championships, finishing as runner-up in the 1500m freestyle event in a time of 19mins 46.07secs.

Her Colne team-mate Philip Croxall, in the 45-49 age group, landed eighth place in the 200m individual medley, coming home in 2mins 42.67 secs. The second day saw them competing for honours again in the 400m freestyle, both finishing fifth in their respective events.

Driver posted 5mins 10.46secs while Croxall recorded a creditable time of 4mins 59.40secs.

Later in the day, Croxall finished second in the 200 metres breaststroke, coming home in 3mins 0.14secs.

The final day saw the Colne swimmers in action again and Driver finished the championships in style.

She helped her SUB 160 squad smash the 800m freestyle relay, set by their opposition and record holders Basingstoke Blueskins.

Driver was first up, opening up a 4.5sec lead on the first leg, with the squad eventually beating the Basingstoke record by eleven seconds.

Finally, Croxall finished fourth in the 100m breaststroke, posting a time of 1min 23.64secs.

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