We recently had two championship meets. Thanks to Bill Sherman for much of the input on the re-caps below. The records from these two meets as well as the results and records from the Relay meet will be updated very soon on our website. Check out the Video Recaps from Nationals on the USMS website! www.usms.org
Also, stay tuned for a couple of SCM (Short Course Meters) meets; Outdoors in the Northland – mid to late summer (possibly July 27th) , Indoors in Lee’s Summit – late September. We also have the 5th Annual Gladstone Masters meet (SCY – Short Course Yards) scheduled for November 9th. So, start making plans to attend all three!
Grinnell, Iowa – Breadbasket Zone Championship
April 6th dawned early for a group of 16 MOVY swimmers who traveled to Grinnell, IA for the Breadbasket Zone meet. Held in a beautiful pool on the campus of Grinnell University, MOVY swimmers made quite a splash placing 2nd in team scoring behind only Milky Way Masters, who had more than twice as many participants as we did. We made our presence known as most of us were wearing our MOVY tie dye. It was a really fun meet and a great team building trip.
Everyone swam very well and had some great times. As usual, there were MOVY records set:
· JR Pyle smashed the 50 and 100 fly records in M25 (Men’s 25-29)
· Billy Broch M18 in 50 back,
· Ryan Lee M35 in 50 free
· Bob Welchlin M55 in 100 and 200 back and 100 free
· Doug Hayden M45, breaking the 500 free record.
Many of these record setting swims were just a tune up for Nationals (where they reset their records)
Finally, the 18+ men’s 200 free relay set a MOVY mark while humbling the 35+ team in head to head competition.
The highlight of the event was dinner on the way home in Des Moines…eight of us found a tiny dive Mexican restaurant, and ate the place out of most of their cooler! The middle agers got reminded of what eating was like in our youth for sure.
Indianapolis, Indiana – USMS Short Course Nationals
Though we only sent 16 swimmers to the recent Short Course Nationals meet in Indianapolis, we still made quite a mark. MOVY placed 15th overall, and placed 7th in the men’s competition. Unfortunately, the entire women’s contingent of Cassy Pallo (5 top tens and 2 MOVY records) and Terri Lees (a 7th in 50 fly), while swimming well, just wasn’t big enough to keep us in the running for a banner (top 10).
On the men’s side, we had two double National Champions!
· Brad Wells in men’s 50-54 won the 200 fly and the 100 back. He also set 8 MOVY records (2 relay) in the effort
· Bill Sherman also came away with titles in the 50 and 100 free, setting a MOVY record in the 50, and was on the relays with Brad.
Joining them was Kyle Stephenson, who added a 6th in the 50 free, and Bob Welchlin, who notched 3 top ten finishes and 5 MOVY records in 55-59. Their freestyle relay was 2nd and their medley was 3rd in men’s 45+.
In men’s 18-24, Billy Broch had 4 top ten finishes and 5 MOVY marks. Ryan Lee had a 2nd, a 7th, and a MOVY mark in 35-39. Reese Thompson (50-54) and Neil Salkind (65-69) both had top ten distance swims. Bill Ryan had a 7th in 50 free in 60-64 and 2 MOVY marks. Dave Noble in 65-69 scored in the breaststrokes, and Dave Easterla had 5 top tens in 75-79.
Next big championship meets you can participate in are the Pan American games in Sarasota, Florida and the Long Course Nationals in Mission Viejo, Ca.