Guy, Darren, Atie, Darwin, Tom

GBM swims at Masters Nationals,
Georgia Tech, Atlanta GA, May 20-23 2010

Nearly 2,000 masters swimmers gathered last weekend at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, venue of the 1996 Olympics, for the USMS Short Course Yards National Championships. This last big meet of the 'tech suit' era saw over 100 national records broken with extraordinarily fast swimming across the age groups. The headline grabbing races were the two head to head contests in the men's 25-29 years 50 and 100 yards freestyle between US team members Nick Brunelli and Cullen Jones (a Beijing Olympics gold medalist) who shared the honors, with Brunelli winning the 100 in 42.62 and Jones taking the 50 in 19.14. But many regarded 65 year old Rich Abrahams's 50 and 100 yard freestyle swims of 22.1 and 49.42 as the swims of the meet. Equally impressive were Doris Russell (age 90), who swam six events including the 500 Free and 100 Fly, entering the water using the lift from her wheelchair, and some intense head to head contests in the 80+ age groups.

Great Bay was represented by Atie Caron, Guy Davis, Darren Johnson (swimming and coaching), Darwin and Tom White. (Sympathies to Bob Fernald who was unable to travel.) Highlights for the Great Bay Team were Atie's second place finish in the 200 Br and 3rd place finishes in 100 Br and 200 Fly (3:50.93, 1.41.77, 3:49.82), Guy's 3rd place finish in the 200 IM (2:06.26), Darren's 50 Back (26.89), Darwin's 50 Free PR (23.78) and Tom's 50 Fly PR (30.47). Great job GBM team!

Next year's SCY nationals will be held in Mesa, Arizona, hosted by the Mesa Masters, April 28-May 1, 2011. Save the dates! Full results and USMS video reports on the meet can be found here.

Anyone registered with USMS can compete in up to three events. Swimmers who achieve the qualifying times can swim up to three more events, for a total of six.

Complete results available here

Great Bay Masters swam well at the meet and there were 9 new team records:


     EVENT         NAME                   TIME     GROUP
     500 Free      Aagje Caron          8:04.89     65-69
     100 Breast    Aagje Caron          1:41.77     65-69
     200 Fly       Aagje Caron          3:49.82     65-69
     400 IM        Aagje Caron          7:20.64     65-69
     200 IM        Darren Johnson       2:09.81     25-29
     200 Free      Guy Davis            1:52.47     50-54
     100 Fly       Guy Davis              55.39     50-54
     100 IM        Guy Davis              57.62     50-54
     200 IM        Guy Davis            2:06.26     50-54

Number of records set at this meet: 9
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