Great Bay Masters at 25-Yard Championship, Harvard University, March 2013
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Harvard Meet Report

Well, what a weekend it was! 44 Great Bay Masters brought their A game to Harvard this year. (I have it on good authority the 5 no-shows will be hunted down you know who you are. Beware!) We saw everything from high fashion and live musical entertainment, to loads of personal best times and even a New England LMSC record breaking swim! (Yay Ed!) We saw new faces, returning faces (never old, of course!) and most of all we saw happy faces.

Representing GBM in the distance events were Elizabeth Kegode, Julia Malloy, Gail Pentheny, Crystie McGrail, Steve Parsons, Steve Miller and Bob Fernald putting Great Bay in second place at the end of the day!!! There were notable swims throughout the following weekend by everyone. While it's easy to recognize the flash of the fastest swimmers, Great Bay has a number of swimmers who quietly contribute with their steady, consistent efforts year after year and some who show up for a day or two (or three!) just for the fun & love of the sport. It is the depth of our team that makes us great and these swimmers must be recognized. Included in this group are Diane Gravel, Ann Richard, Pat Campbell, Susan Barbary, Deb Hart, Phil Read, John Lewis, Tom Newkirk & Bob Mair to name just a few.

The Great Bay tradition of combining competitive zeal with lightness and fun was carried on with vigor this year. Relays are always a high point of any meet and this year was no exception. In the Men's 400 Free Relay the 18+ and 35+ teams were separated by less than a half second - because of Matt Denneen's long reach & determination the 'old guys' won it! Although the 'youngsters' did redeem themselves later that day in the 200 Medley Relay with a decisive win over their elders. In addition to the ultra-competitive relays, there were relays that included Father/Son duos (John & Mike Lewis), and relays based solely on fashion.

And speaking of fashion Darwin won the Most Nattily Clad by sporting not 1, not 2, but 3 different sizes of GBM shirts over the course of the weekend. And we would be amiss if we failed to mention the Bravest Man in Fashion award, going to Dan Duvall for his bold use of pink, particularly the pink cheetah print drag suit. Brilliant!

And as always, and maybe most importantly, we saw tons of support for each other's efforts. There seemed to be an especially large, awesome contingent of non-swimming friends, family members on deck and in the stands to cheer GBM on. Ann Fredette even made a guest appearance on Saturday to show her support! And if I'm not mistaken we're seeing an increase in the number of good looking swimming couples. Ahhh, nothing like the smell of chlorine to keep the romance alive!

For everyone who made the time and effort to be at the meet this year you're awesome, thank you! Whether you had top 3 finishes or simply swam an event or two for the love of swimming, your presence was felt and appreciated by everyone. As always, the whole was truly much greater than the sum of its parts. And if you weren't able to join us this year, we hope to see you soon. All efforts big and small combined to bring us a 3rd place finish in the USMS category this year. Imagine what we could do with just a few more swimmers!

And of course we cannot forget the dedication and tireless efforts of our very own Coach Crystie. Between getting splits, analyzing strokes, pep talks, herding cats for relays and, oh yes, let's not forget putting in some pretty impressive swims herself, her job is not a small one. The epitome of a velvet hammer, she uses her skills and deep knowledge of her swimmers to push us beyond our comfort zones so we can all feel a little bit of victory in all of our swims. Thank you, Coach! You're the best!

And now for some fun statistics:

* Fastest time off the block goes to Tara Mack (-0.09) with Mike Lewis a close second (-0.04)

* Fastest (legal) relay exchange time Guy Davis +0.12 with a close second to Jana Slezak with +0.14 and third to Steve Miller with +0.15 * The most leisurely start time goes to Dick Arnold +1.42 with a close second to Jacqui Redmond: +1.10. We think Jacqui must've been pondering where we should go for dinner.

* Most exuberant start Ellen Garvey who was so excited to start her backstroke she jumped in a little bit ahead of time.

* Bravest start Manya who overcame a longtime fear of going off the blocks and contributed to a 1st place relay finish!

* Boldest splits Travis Harker who, on his way to winning the 500 free, despite having only recently returned to the pool, swam 1:56 in the first 200, beating his overall time in the 200 free at Exeter!

* The Professor award goes to Jerry Bailey who schooled us all, new young recruits included, the right way to swim a 100 IM: 57.55 now that was something to watch!

* The Natural Athlete award goes to Matt Clement who dropped some of our fastest times in relays on roughly one practice a week.

* Best race to the finish - Steve Parsons - beating his distant relative in the 200 IM.

* Best Times Throwdown Kasia Connors with 4 personal bests (for around 18 seconds of dropped time) and Bart Westgeest with who keeps reeling in the fast times every time he hits the water!

* First Time Champs: Sam Powell, Kaitlin Sylvester, Matt Clement, Dan Duvall, Jane Farrell, Travis Harker, Michael Lewis * Returning Champs: Carol Prescott, Tracy Phillips

* Women scored 48 points in 200 fly thanks to Carol Prescott, Tracy Phillips, Aagje Caron - Men got 29 points (Guy Davis and Brett Games!)

* Lots of points gathered in the Women's 400 IM, too Crystie McGrail, Carol Prescott, Gail Pentheny, Aagje Caron - 54 points

* High on the list of most stylish strokes would be none other than Coach Crystie herself with Tom Mack & Bob Fernald vying for the men's title.

* And of course the biggest sandbaggers (average percentage that their seed times were off swim times) goes to: Jane Farrell- 7.36%, Sarah Baker- 7.54% and Diane G with 11.19%!!!

CONGRATULATIONS TEAM!!!!

Full Meet Results Here

GBM Recrods set at 2013 Harvard Meet

GREAT BAY MASTERS TEAM RECORDS
     EVENT         NAME                   TIME     AGE     GROUP
     100 Breast    Sarah Baker          1:20.61     38     35-39
     50 Free       Tracy Phillips         27.93     47     45-49
     100 Fly       Tracy Phillips       1:11.48     47     45-49
     200 Fly       Tracy Phillips       2:46.20     47     45-49
     100 IM        Tracy Phillips       1:10.94     47     45-49
     100 Free      Gail Pentheny        1:08.17     50     50-54
     500 Free      Gail Pentheny        6:56.49     50     50-54
     1650 Free     Julia Malloy        23:12.19     52     50-54
     50 Fly        Gail Pentheny          36.60     50     50-54
     100 Fly       Gail Pentheny        1:26.69     50     50-54
     200 IM        Gail Pentheny        3:08.62     50     50-54
     400 IM        Gail Pentheny        6:29.14     50     50-54
     200 Breast    Ellen Garvey         3:54.59     56     55-59
     50 Fly        Patricia Campbell      45.78     59     55-59
     50 Fly        Susan Barbary          48.99     63     60-64
     50 Fly        Manya Hult           1:00.19     67     65-69
     100 Free      Aagje Caron          1:24.82     71     70-74
     500 Free      Aagje Caron          7:55.28     71     70-74
     200 Fly       Aagje Caron          4:49.41     71     70-74
     400 IM        Aagje Caron          7:36.82     71     70-74
     500 Free      Matthew Clement      5:34.00     24     18-24
     500 Free      Travis Harker        5:06.68     39     35-39
     100 Back      Jerry Bailey           56.62     43     40-44
     100 IM        Jerry Bailey           57.55     43     40-44
     200 IM        Jerry Bailey         2:05.33     43     40-44
     50 Back       Peter Sczupak          30.55     47     45-49
     200 Back      Brett Games          2:27.98     47     45-49
     200 Back      Guy Davis            2:20.13     54     50-54
     200 Breast    Edmund Gendreau      2:27.24     50     50-54**
     200 Fly       Guy Davis            2:17.88     54     50-54
     500 Free      Steve Miller         6:09.53     58     55-59
     1650 Free     Steve Miller        21:00.98     58     55-59
     100 Free      Thomas Newkirk       1:04.51     64     60-64
     500 Free      Robert Mair          6:48.60     62     60-64
     50 Fly        Thomas Newkirk         33.78     64     60-64
     200 Free      John Lewis           2:47.56     66     65-69
     100 Breast    John Lewis           1:27.28     66     65-69
     50 Fly        John Lewis             38.94     66     65-69
     100 IM        John Lewis           1:27.06     66     65-69
     200 Back      Phil Read            3:55.47     70     70-74
     50 Breast     Phil Read              50.17     70     70-74
     50 Free       Richard Arnold         47.13     80     80-84
     50 Back       Richard Arnold       1:06.53     80     80-84
     50 Breast     Richard Arnold       1:05.25     80     80-84
     100 Breast    Richard Arnold       2:32.90     80     80-84
     50 Fly        Richard Arnold       1:04.79     80     80-84
     100 IM        Richard Arnold       2:12.68     80     80-84
     200 IM        Richard Arnold       5:00.72     80     80-84
     50 Back       Jerry Bailey           26.42     43     40-44***
     50 Back       Phil Read              46.75     70     70-74***
Number of INDIVIDUAL records set at this meet: 50 

**  Also a New England record! 
*** Relay lead-off swim

GREAT BAY MASTERS TEAM RECORDS (Relay Events)
Women      200 Medley      25-34      2:08.45      2013
Crystie McGrail, 28    Kaitlin Sylvester, 29
Tracy Phillips, 47    Tara Mack, 41

Women      400 Free      25-34      4:37.70      2013
Crystie McGrail, 28    Sam Powell, 26
Kasia Connors, 29    Kaitlin Sylvester, 29

Women      400 Medley      25-34      4:55.21      2013
Crystie McGrail, 28    Sarah Baker, 38
Carol Prescott, 43    Gail Pentheny, 50

Women      200 Free      55-64      2:43.40      2013
Ellen Garvey, 56    Deborah Hart, 61
Susan Barbary, 63    Patricia Campbell, 59

Men      200 Medley      18-24      1:46.60      2013
Bart Westgeest, 33    Daniel Duvall, 20
Matthew Clement, 24    Travis Harker, 39

Men      400 Free      18-24      3:33.70      2013
Bart Westgeest, 33    Travis Harker, 39
Matthew Clement, 24    Daniel Duvall, 20

Men      400 Medley      45-54      4:38.16      2013
Guy Davis, 54    John Lewis, 66
Darwin White, 48    Brett Games, 47

Men      200 Medley      55-64      2:29.91      2013
Phil Read, 70    Thomas Newkirk, 64
Robert Mair, 62    Steve Miller, 58

Men      400 Free      55-64      4:43.50      2013
Thomas Newkirk, 64    Steve Miller, 58
Robert Mair, 62    Phil Read, 70

Mixed      200 Free      45-54      2:00.95      2013
Brett Games, 47    Jana Slezak, 47
Diane Gravel, 46    Steve Miller, 58

Mixed      200 Medley      45-54      3:11.51      2013
Diane Gravel, 46    Aagje Caron, 71
Richard Arnold, 80    John Lewis, 66

Mixed      200 Free      65-74      2:49.59      2013
Richard Arnold, 80    Aagje Caron, 71
John Lewis, 66    Manya Hult, 67

Number of RELAY records set at this meet: 12 


AND....  A chance to recognize the GBM Team Records set at the Exter Meet in February: 

     RECORDS SET AT MEET: 130203-Exeter; Course = SCY

     EVENT         NAME                   TIME     AGE     GROUP
     100 Free      Tara Mack            1:01.37     40     40-44
     100 IM        Tara Mack            1:11.95     40     40-44
     1650 Free     Patty Rupp Hodge    21:50.01     47     45-49
     200 IM        Patty Rupp Hodge     2:42.29     47     45-49
     50 Free       Aagje Caron            35.70     71     70-74
     50 Back       Aagje Caron            54.67     71     70-74
     1650 Free     Edmund Gendreau     19:41.33     50     50-54
     50 Free       Phil Read              35.62     70     70-74
     100 Free      Phil Read            1:24.73     70     70-74
     200 Free      Phil Read            3:17.54     70     70-74
     100 IM        Phil Read            1:47.27     70     70-74
     200 IM        Phil Read            3:58.75     70     70-74
Number of records set at this meet: 12

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