GBM hosts successful meet; team swims well -
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Tony, Ryan, Jim, Darren JoAnn, Katie, Darren Phil and Susan JoAnn, Shannon, Katie, Rachel
Tony, Darren, Kirk, Ryan, Guy, Jim, Ed Bob and Priscilla Lucy, Kristen, Shannon Darren, Katie
Darren, Katie, Ryan, Britta Front: Amanda, Tony, Ryan; Mid: Kristen, Darren; Back: Jana, Guy Guy Ed with new recruit
Great Bay Masters host Successful NELMSC SCM Championship
Great Bay Swimmers do well at the meet

SUCCESSFUL MEET:
Great Bay Masters hosted a successful meet at Boston University, December 12-14. The NELMSC 25-Meter Championship drew 588 entrants, and 538 swam at the meet. This is likely the second largest masters meet for the 25-meter course held on US soil. The largest is the Pan Pacific Championship, an international meet held in Indianapolis in 1989 with 1250 swimmers.

GREAT BAY MASTERS SWIM WELL:
Great Bay Masters swam well, establishing 27 new club records for individual swims, and 5 new relay records. In addition the relay team of Kirk Larsen, Ed Gendreau, Jim Robertson and Guy Davis set New England records in the 200 free relay and 400 medley relay for the 160-199 age bracket. See bottom of this page from GBM team records set. Complete meet results are posted on the meet web page.

TEAM CONTEST:
Great Bay Masters competed in the Non-NEM USMS Club division. Maine Masters was first with 2782 points, Great Bay second (1740.5) and the FISH Masters from New York were third (1389.5). There is usually a good correlation between the number of 'splashes' (individual races swum) and points scored - and this year was no exception:
         swimmers  splashes   actual   actual      team   points per
         entered   entered   swimmers  splashes   points    splash 
Maine       35       226        29       182       2782      15.3
GBM         34       162        24       113      1740.5     15.4
FISH        14       106        14        97      1389.5     14.3

'BORDER DUEL IN THE POOL', Great Bay vs. Maine Masters:
Maine Masters has come up with a great new idea - The 'Border Duel in the Pool' for the SCM Championship Meet, with a special trophy to be awarded to Maine or GBM each year (see below). Maine is giving Great Bay retroactive credit for winning 1998 through 2006. Maine has done a great job building their club and has taken the 'Border Duel in the Pool' in 2007 and 2008.

Great Bay needs to get more swimmers to the Championship meets in order to challenge Maine for the top spot. More swimmers = more splashes = possible bragging rights for Great Bay. This is a fun rivalry, Maine is clearly the top dog now - can Great Bay bounce back? Stay tuned!


Maine Celebrates 'Border Duel in the Pool' victory over Great Bay
GBM - Individual team records set at NELMSC 25-Meter Championship: 

     EVENT         NAME                   TIME     AGE     GROUP
     50 Back       S Von Zirpolo          37.93     23     18-24
     100 Free      Britta Hult          1:09.16     28     25-29
     100 Back      Kristen Ostberg      1:25.93     25     25-29
     200 Free      Katie Layman         2:45.18     31     30-34
     400 Free      Katie Layman         6:00.72     31     30-34
     50 Fly        Katie Layman           36.53     31     30-34
     100 Fly       Sandy Woodcock       2:19.33     52     50-54
     400 IM        Sandy Woodcock       9:04.99     52     50-54
     50 Back       Patricia Campbell      48.60     55     55-59
     50 Back       A Ten Haagen           29.52     26     25-29
     50 Fly        A Ten Haagen           26.99     26     25-29
     100 Fly       Ryan Drasher         1:05.51     26     25-29
     100 IM        A Ten Haagen         1:02.87     26     25-29
     100 IM        Kirk Larsen          1:02.41     31     30-34
     400 IM        Kirk Larsen          5:23.34     31     30-34
     400 IM        Jim Robertson        5:32.69     39     35-39
     50 Free       Edmund Gendreau        25.83     46     45-49
     100 Free      Edmund Gendreau        56.85     46     45-49
     200 Free      Edmund Gendreau      2:04.80     46     45-49
     400 Free      Edmund Gendreau      4:38.00     46     45-49
     50 Back       John Hall              37.05     55     55-59
     50 Breast     John Hall              39.18     55     55-59
     100 Breast    John Hall            1:29.29     55     55-59
     200 Fly       Phil Read            5:15.01     66     65-69
     50 Free       Richard Arnold         43.45     76     75-79
     100 Free      Richard Arnold       1:41.02     76     75-79
     200 Free      Richard Arnold       3:44.50     76     75-79
     400 Free      Richard Arnold       8:10.56     76     75-79

Number of individual records set at this meet: 27

GBM - Relay team records set at NELMSC 25-Meter Championship: 

Women      200 Medley      100-119      2:40.56      2008
Lucy Bonczar, 19    Britta Hult, 28
Jana Slezak, 43    Rachel Neild, 27

Men      200 Medley      120-159      1:55.00      2008
Ryan Drasher, 26    Anthony Ten Haagen, 26
Darren Johnson, 27    Edmund Gendreau, 46

Men      200 Free      160-199      1:42.64      2008
Edmund Gendreau, 46    Guy Davis, 49
Jim Robertson, 39    Kirk Larsen, 31

Men      400 Medley      160-199      4:19.69      2008
Kirk Larsen, 31    Edmund Gendreau, 46
Jim Robertson, 39    Guy Davis, 49

Men      400 Free      200-239      4:58.57      2008
Edmund Gendreau, 46    Guy Davis, 49
Richard Arnold, 76    Kyle Murray, 49

Number of relay records set at this meet: 5
award banner GBM Top Ten High Point Scorers

Davis, Guy S            49      153.5
Slezak, Jana            43      119
Gendreau, Edmund J      46      112
Robertson, Jim E        39      102
Arnold, Richard P       76       96
Hall, John A            55       86
Layman, Katie L         31       75
Read, Phil              66       57
Woodcock, Sandy         52       54
Von Zirpolo, Shannon    23       52

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