As we head into the final days of the summer, with but one more day of racing this coming Sunday (psych sheet included), let’s look back on the last few weeks at what has been a furious Long Course racing schedule for some of our own. First, we teamed with the large workout group at the Jewish Community center to start a meet to benefit the Reat Griffin Underwood fund, named for one of the victims of last spring’s shootings. In our first effort we raised $1315! Thanks to facility manager Tara Corwin and swimmer Scott Moore for their efforts, we now plan to hold this meet annually. The highlights of the meet were Nan Bohl’s 2 National Records in the 800 free and the 50 breast in W85.
Next up was the Fina World Championship Meet in Montreal, where our local group was bolstered by some of Bill Sherman’s friends from his trips to Boston every March. We joined 5800+ athletes from 97 countries and had these results:
Tom Hairabedian, M90, forced FINA to open a new age group in platform diving, becoming the first athlete his age to ever complete the climb to the top. Suffice to say he was victorious
Emily Curran, W35, competed in the freestyles
Stacey Vorhies, W40, set a MOVY mark in the 100 back
Kyle Stephenson, M50, swam the sprints
Reese Thompson, M55, swam freestyles from 100 to open water, setting MOVY marks in the 400 and 800
Eric Valley, M50 (from Seattle), swam distance events
Bob Welchlin, M55, swam sprints, scoring a 6th in 50 fly
Bill Sherman, M55, swam sprints, earning a 10th, 6th, and 3rd
Dave Noble, M70, had 5 top 6 placings, and 3 MOVY marks
Bob Wright, M60, had 3 top 3s, a 10th, and a MOVY mark
Steve Mugford, M45 (Boston), had a 5th and a 10th, and 2 MOVY marks
Glenn Dixon, M50 (New York), had 4 top tens, and 3 MOVY marks
Fritz Bedford, M50 (Etna, NH), had an 8th, a 5th, and 3 World Championships in 50 back, 50 fly, and 100 back, in which he set a world meet record.
The relays? That’s where the fun was!
The M240 Medley team of Welchlin, Noble, Wright, and Stephenson earned a 2nd place
The M240 Free team of Wright, Welchlin, Noble, and Valley earned a 3rd
The M200 Medley team of Bedford, Mugford, Dixon, and Sherman were World Champions in the 4th fastest time in history
The M200 Free team of Bedford, Stephenson, Dixon, and Sherman were World Champions in the 2nd fastest time in history
Only the M240 free team missed MOVY marks
Shortly after, we had but a single representative at the Gay Games National long course meet, where Rob Poste notched 5 top ten swims in the 470 strong meet
Finally, joining 1025 entrants at the USMS Nationals in College Park, MD were
Nan Bohl, W85, with 5 victories and 4 MOVY marks
Richard O’Dell, M35, who had 3 3rds in his 6 top 6 swims
Scott Moore, M40, with 4 top tens
Sandy Cohen, M45, with a pair of 3rds in his 5 top tens
Anthony Thompson, M50, with 4 3rds and a 7th
Bill Sherman, M55, with a pair of 2nds, a 3rd, and 2 MOVY marks
Walt Richardson, M70, with a 1st, a 2nd, and a 3rd in the butterflies, all MOVY marks
The M160 free relay of Sherman, Moore, Cohen, and O’Dell placed 4th.
The records page has been updated to reflect this busy schedule!