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Great Bay Masters: Second Place in 3000 Yard Swim National Championship, 2008

Great Bay Masters came in second place in the USMS 3000 Yard Swim National Championship. Fifty five teams competed in the event. This is a great accomplishment for our team. 'Thank You' to all the GBM's who swam this year! And a special 'thank you' to our 3000 Yard Swim team coordinator - Jana.

The 3000 is a timed event that can be swum at any 25-yard pool between September 15 and November 15. Entry forms with each swimmer's final time and split times are mailed to the event host, and results are tabulated from USMS swimmers across the country. Because swimmer's time sheets are mailed, events like this are nicknamed 'postal swims'.

Great Bay Masters won the 3000 Yard Swim National Championship in 2006 and 2007. GBM's efforts have been quite consistent - 74 swimmers in 2006, 64 swimmers in 2007, and 69 swimmers in 2008. Before 2006 the Oregon Masters had been perennial champions under the old scoring system where only the top ten swimmers in each age group scored points. In 2006 a new scoring system was adopted so that every swimmer scored points. Points were calculated from a formula using the swimmers time and a 'theoretical' best time for that age group. This made the team contest a strong function of the number of swimmers who participated. This is where GBM thrived.

However in 2008 Oregon Masters took the bit between their teeth and recruited a lot more swimmers than in previous years - 67 by my count from the results. Here are the top three places:
PLC  TEAM                    POINTS
1    Oregon Masters          49127 
2    Great Bay Masters       47766 
3    Swim Kentucky Masters   32960 
Oregon's 1361 point winning margin might seem like a lot but with most swimmers scoring 500 points or more, GBM would have needed only three more swimmers to claim victory.

Great Bay Masters represents three pools in the Seacoast area of New Hampshire. Oregon Masters represents - well - the state of Oregon. Population of Oregon: ~3,700,000. Population of the Seacoast NH area: not sure, but the sum of the two cities in the area (Dover and Portsmouth) is ~50,000. GBM holds our heads high and we'll be back again next year attempting to reclaim the top spot.

Can you swim 3000 yards? If so, join us for our 2009 team effort between 9/15 and 11/15. Its a great fitness goal, and you'll be helping Great Bay Masters in our efforts to re-take the National Team title in this event.

Great Bay Masters welcomes new members. We have a lot to offer - swim with us!