Weekly Team Email: Monday April 10, 2017

Pacific Masters Championships

Moraga, CA: The Davis Aquatic Masters finished fourth overall at the Pacific Masters Swimming Short Course Championships this past weekend at Campolindo HS. The team scored 4,580 points, nearly 50% more than the 3,242 from last year. In a very close race for the title, long-time champions University of San Francisco took the honors with 9,740 pts, barely edging runners-up MEMO of Laney College (9,613) and past National Champion Walnut Creek (9,358). 

Traditionally, the final team rankings are separated into Large, Medium and Small categories. That information hasn't been published yet, but when it does DAM will either remain fourth in the Large Team division or be declared champions of the Medium-Size Division. Individual Hi-Point winners at the meet from DAM were: Hannah Krovetz, Susan Munn, Satori iwamoto and Andy McPherson. The top 5 men and women point scorers for DAM team were: WOMEN Munn (136 pts), Krovetz (131), Jane Russell (128), Sarah Hernandez (124) and Jenny Mohn & Cecily Sprouse tied with 123 pts. MEN McPherson (141), Matt Roper (133), Alex May (130), Iwamoto (124), and Kevin Waterson (116).

Munn was also recognized at the meet by Pacific Masters as one of the 2016 Swimmers of the Year for her overall successes last season in short course, long course and open water competitions and was awarded a $100 gift certificate. Robert Norris was the runner-up in his age group, earning a $50 gift card and Leslie Wesergaard & Russell were third-place finishers and received $25 cards.

DAM also benefited from the addition of ten swimmers who represented DAM at an LMSC championship meet for the first-time ever. Those newcomers were: Avery Krovetz, Alex May, Caroline Loomis, Jan Walker, Gary Swenor, Lynn Narlseky, Dara Jwaideh, Cary Graig, Jeremy Prim and Tom Frankel.

Overall, new DAM Team Records were set in twenty-five individual events by ten DAM swimmers. Those swimmers are: Betty Dugan (75) 50 Back. Dara Jwaideh (60) 50, 100 Back. Jane Russell (53) 50 Fly, 400 IM. Cecily Sprouse (60) 50, 100 Free, 50, 100, 200 Brst. Mark Braly (81) 100 Back, 200 IM. Ted Deacon (67) 500 Free. Tom Frankel (75) 50, 100 Brst. Andy McPherson (70) 50, 100 Free, 50, 100 Fly, 50, 100 Back, 100 IM. Gary Swenor (63) 100, 200 Brst. Relay records were set in four events. Those swimmers were: Westergaard, Nancy Farley, McPherson, Frankel, Mary Kahn, Swenor, Doug Smith, Sprouse, Emma Garforth, Russell, Julie Roberts, Caroline Loomis, Munn and Robert Norris.

DAM swimmers were also event champions in 25 individual events and 8 relays. Hernandez led all DAM swimmers in event titles with five individual victories in the 100 Free, 50, 100 Fly; 50, 100 Ba and 100 IM. McPherson took first place honors in the 100 Fr, 50, 100 Fly and 100 IM. The other swimmers and the number of events they won were: Dugan (2), H. Krovetz (2), Munn (2), and A. Krovetz (2). And with one victory each; Melanie BelluominiBetty Dugan, Mohn, Braly, and May. Members of winning relay teams were: Garforth, Russell, Julie Roberts, Caroline Loomis, Frankel, Dugan, Munn, Norris, Jackie Chow, Scott Muir, Roper, Westergaard, McPherson, Farley, Iwamoto, Steffen Docken, Hernandez, and Michal-Sue Weinman.

In a tribute to the longevity of our DAM organization, we may have had another team first at the meet: a mother-father-daughter-son relay. Here are Avery Krovetz, Emma Garforth,Ted Krovetz and Hannah Krovetz just before their family 200 medley relay.


35th Annual DAM Lake Berryessa Swim
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Registration now open for the 35th Annual DAM Lake Berryessa Swim on Saturday, June 3rd!

The Lake Berryessa Swim is open to everyone, and is one of the longest-running open water swims in America. It is also our team's biggest fundraiser. Join hundreds of swimmers for the 1-mile and/or 2-mile swim at the Steele Canyon Campground, only a 1-hour drive from Davis. The overflowing lake levels promise another memorable swim full of fun and personal accomplishments!

Registration is now open: registration.

Fees include swim cap, official Berryessa mug (guaranteed for swimmers registered by 5/25/2017), post race refreshments & online race results. Two food trucks, Fusion Eatz and Cali Love, will be on-site to satisfy your pre- & post-race cravings. Race day purchase and pickup only.

Paper registration forms available at the pool, or downloadable at damfast.org.

Online registration:
USMS (adult)
 

For more race information contact:
Stuart Kahn, Race Director
Berryessa@damfast.org


 Swimmer Spotlight

This is a new feature, highlighting DAM swimmers who have made significant contributions to the club or community in general, or had an outstanding performance in a swimming event.  

Our first swimmer in the spotlight is Scott Allison (6am). Scott joined DAM three years ago, and in those three years he has already served DAM in several different functions. In his second year on the team, he took over as webmaster, a job he continues currently. This past year, Scott joined the Board of Directors as well and is working to help out the team in a variety of ways in that position.

Our first swimmer in the spotlight is Scott Allison (6am). Scott joined DAM three years ago, and in those three years he has already served DAM in several different functions. In his second year on the team, he took over as webmaster, a job he continues currently. This past year, Scott joined the Board of Directors as well and is working to help out the team in a variety of ways in that position.

Scott found DAM as a means of aiding his long term recovery following the removal of a brain tumor. He went from using a walker to take laps around his hospital floor to being able to make it through the entirety of the workouts Stu and Mary make for us. Swimming has greatly aided his recovery, and Scott also speaks to the DAM community and coaching as being irreplaceable in his recuperation process.

In addition to being an active DAM member, Scott is in training for a marathon this spring with a group of his friends. Scott says he enjoys training for these long running races, but that he thinks he’ll be sticking to the pool for a while after his race this spring. 

Finally, Scott wanted to share his thoughts of how special DAM is to him. After having joined DAM, Scott was trying to get his brother in Southern California to join a master’s team down there, but was surprised to find few practice options offered when compared to DAM’s 9 practices a day. Scott is very thankful for DAM and wanted to pass that on to all of you. We’re thankful for you as well, Scott!


Big Day of Giving
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We want to remind everyone that the Big Day of Giving is coming on Thursday May 4! It is our chance to make sure that DAM continues as the highest quality masters club in the country.

Don't forget to send in your dog pictures! Send to Chlorina777@gmail.com or webmaster@damfast.org