Great Bay Masters 2nd at Harvard

 

GREAT BAY SECOND AT NEW ENGLAND MASTERS 2003 25-YARD CHAMPIONSHIP,

EXTREMELY CLOSE CONTEST:

 

Nearly 80 Great Bay Masters swimmers competed at the New England Masters 2003 25-Yard Championship at Harvard University.  The four-day event spanned two weekends.  On Saturday 3/22 the 1000 and 1650 freestyle were contested, with all shorter events and relays occurring the following Friday through Sunday.   Harvard University’s Blodgett Pool is one of the premier facilities in New England.  The water is fast, and all 726 swimmers entered in the meet found plenty of space to relax between races. 

 

This was a fun and exciting contest that went right down to the wire.  Cambridge opened a 293-point lead on the distance day, Saturday 3/22.  Great Bay began whittling away at the lead during the remaining three days (Friday through Sunday).  After Friday the gap stood at 285, and at Saturday’s conclusion it was down to 153.  On Sunday the gap closed to within 110 points at mid-day.  Cambridge rallied back a little at the end of the day, winning by just 218 points.  Here are final results for the top five teams:

 

 1  Cambridge Masters Swim Club   5,512

 2  Great Bay Masters             5,294

 3  Minuteman Masters             4,180

 4  Swim Rhode Island             3,392

 5  Andover YMCA                  3,122

 

 

GREAT BAY’s TEAM EFFORT THE KEY TO SUCCESS

 

Cambridge Masters had 102 swimmers entered in the meet, while Great Bay had only 79.  How did Great Bay make it such a close contest?  Teamwork!  Many Great Bay swimmers focused less on their individual success and more on scoring points for the team.   Another key factor was Great Bay’s relay swimming.  No other team matches Great Bay’s relatively uniform age distribution, with swimmers from 19 to 79 swimming with us at Harvard. 

 

 

GREAT BAY’S TOP TEN POINT SCORERS, MEN & WOMEN:

 

   Prescott, Carol         33     164

   Tunstall, Nancy         40     115

   Read, Susan             57     106

   Pentheny, Gail          40     104

   Hult, Manya             57     103

   Garrow, Kendra          28     101

   Wesson, Kim             35     93

   Benson, Nicole          28     89

   Woodcock, Sandy         46     87

   Slezak, Jana            37     82

 

 

   Johnson, Alan           65     205

   Gendreau, Edmund        40     168

   Nelson, Brian           23     138

   Siegal, Byron           55     125

   Mohl, Bruce             56     122

   Doleac, Charles         55     122

   Bright, David           50     109

   Read, Phil              60     98

   Orkin, Rich             55     95

   Griffin, Paul           42     88

Note:  Alan Johnson was the 2nd highest point scorer among all men.

 

Additional scoring note: Great Bay’s men outscored Cambridge, 2511 to 2451, while the women were second to Cambridge 2585 to 2435.  For complete meet results see:

 

http://www.swimindex.com/meets/2003/nem-scy/results.shtml