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Six World, 12 American Masters Marks Fall at New England Short Course Meters Champs -- December 19, 2002

By Bob Seltzer

NORTON, MA., December 19. ON the weekend of December 14th-15th at the Balfour Natatorium of Wheaton College in Norton, MA, more than 400 Masters swimmers throughout the region came together for the 2003 New England Short Course Meters Championship to race and have fun.

Sponsored by New England Masters (NEM), this year’s meet broke previous attendance records and was also the scene of some very fast swimming as six new USMS/FINA world records and 12 USMS national records were broken. (Click on Results for full results)


GREAT BAY WINS COMPETITION AGAIN

Great Bay Masters defended its title for the fourth consecutive year in defeating the up and coming Minuteman group in the hotly contested New England Masters Workout Group Competition. Minuteman, tagged early as a threat to challenge GBM’s stranglehold on the title, couldn’t catch the indomitable team from New Hampshire’s Great Bay.

Minuteman did improve upon last year’s finish, vaulting ahead of Cambridge for second place. CMSC did slip one notch but still managed to set three new USMS national relay records and maintained its streak of three consecutive years of breaking at least one relay record at five consecutive NE Championship meets. More than 40 recognized NEM workout groups participated in this year’s contest.

Competition was especially intense between Granite State, SWIM RI and Andover and the ultimate finish decided by last few events of the final day. The final top ten standings:

1. Great Bay 5,708
2. Minuteman 4,903.50
3. Cambridge 3,272.50
4. Granite State Penguins 1,767
5. Swim RI 1,734
6. Andover YMCA 1,622
7. YMCA of North Shore 728
8. JCC Newton 346
9. New England Barracudas 311
10. Cape Cod Swim Club 285



FAST SWIMMING SPAN THE GENERATIONS

NEM has always had an exceptionally strong core of record holders and national champions between the ages of 45 and 55. The NEM zooming boomers were out in force this weekend.

Dan Rogacki (55-59) got things started in the first event when he recorded a 1:06.45 to break Bob Strand’s old standard of 1:07.15. Dan is swimming faster at 55 then 50 and is another case that makes one wonder at what age does the so-called “declining speed curve” apply to Masters. I

n the 50-54 category, two other NEM ageless wonders, Jacki Hirsty and Joel Feldmann battled it out in the 50 free. Jacki finished ahead of Joel by a fingernail with a 28.54 breaking Laura Val’s world record of 28.56. Joel finished right behind at 28.65 less than a tenth slower than the old world record. Jacki had the fastest women 50 free swim regardless of age.

Greg Shaw (50-54) is just getting back into Masters swimming after a 30+ year taper. Greg started breaking records last year and this year he’s getting even faster. Greg set new world records in the 50 fly (27.55) and 100 fly (1:01.47) and established a new national record in the 200 im (2:22.68)

Holding up the record banner for the younger generation was Jason Eaddy (25-29), the former Princeton standout who now trains at Harvard’s Blodgett Pool. Jason is carrying on the great NEM butterfly tradition as exemplified by Fred Schlicher (50-54) who also happens to train with Jason at Cambridge Masters. Jason set new world records in the 100 fly (54.83), 200 fly (2:03.59) and a new national record in the 50 fly (25.20).

While Jason dominated the fly swims he did have competition in the freestyle events in Stuart Cromarty (35-39) twelve years his senior. Jason and Stuart swam side-by-side in very closely contested races in the 200 and 400 frees that were not decided until the last turn. Jason “won” both races by a second (1:54.72 versus 1:55.50 and 4:06.73 versus 4:07.99) Both of Stuart’s swims were New England records.

The fastest heat of the 200 fly featured across-generation record attempts as Jason, Greg and Fred were all legitimate contenders to set new records. The crowd focused initially on Jason’s swim in Lane 4 as he gapped the field at the 100 but soon realized that Greg Shaw in Lane 1 was also out in world record pace. Greg finished with a 2:21.65 less than tenth off Boo Graner Gallas mark of 2:21.58. Meanwhile, over in Lane 7, Fred Schlicher nearly caught Greg at the end of the race with a 2:22.36. Next year, Fred joins the 55-59 age group and the smart money says he’s a good shot to break BOTH age group records then.

On the relay front, NEM broke four USMS national relay records:

Mixed 76-99 400 Free Relay 3:57.58
Cambridge B. Lo Pinto, L. Fabian, R. Lorenz, J Eaddy

Mixed 100-119 400 Medley Relay 4:16.58
Cambridge B. Lo Pinto, S. Morwaski, J. Eaddy, J Stokes

Women 76-99 800 Free Relay 9:20.85
Cambridge R. Lorenz, L. Fabian, C. Deveney, J Stokes

Mixed 200-239 800 Free Relay 9:11.93
G. Shaw, J. Hirsty, T. Grilli, D. Rogacki


MORE THAN 100 NEW ENGLAND RECORDS BROKEN AT MEET

Congratulations to the many NEMs who broke more than 100 New England records over the weekend. A list of all SCM meter records broken this year, follows:

100 BA F 40-44 44 1:16.30 Kim E Goodwin Wheat 12/14-15
100 BA F 45-49 45 1:18.57 Tracy L Grilli Wheat 12/14-15
100 BA F 45-49 47 1:20.02 Karla Nisley-Black Wheat 12/14-15

100 BR F 30-34 32 1:19.81 Stephanie L Morawski Wheat 12/14-15
100 BR F 45-49 45 1:31.73 Barb B Handler Wheat 12/14-15
100 BR F 45-49 47 1:32.47 Karla Nisley-Black Wheat 12/14-15
100 BR F 50-54 50 1:32.30 Linda C Carstens Wheat 12/14-15
100 BR F 55-59 57 1:38.51 Kathy M Slifer Wheat 12/14-15

100 FL F 30-34 30 1:10.17 Brandy N Hugo Wheat 12/14-15
100 FL F 35-39 35 1:13.03 Kim A Wesson Wheat 12/14-15
100 FL F 40-44 41 1:14.60 Pamela Torrey Maine 02/02/11
100 FL F 50-54 50 1:34.08 Linda C Carstens Wheat 12/14-15
100 FL F 50-54 50 1:34.60 Susan N Ketchen Wheat 12/14-15

100 FR F 50-54 50 1:03.29 Jacki Hirsty Wheat 12/14-15
100 FR F 50-54 51 1:06.47 Joel T Feldmann Wheat 12/14-15

100 IM F 30-34 30 1:12.30 Brandy N Hugo Wheat 12/14-15
100 IM F 40-44 41 1:15.04 Kathleen H Tetreault Wheat 12/14-15
100 IM F 50-54 51 1:16.02 Joel T Feldmann Wheat 12/14-15
100 IM F 55-59 57 1:29.38 Kathy M Slifer Wheat 12/14-15

200 BA F 40-44 44 2:46.13 Kim E Goodwin Wheat 12/14-15
200 BA F 40-44 41 2:46.51 Kathleen H Tetreault Wheat 12/14-15
200 BA F 45-49 47 2:53.65 Karla Nisley-Black Wheat 12/14-15

200 BR F 50-54 50 3:21.42 Linda C Carstens Wheat 12/14-15
200 BR F 55-59 57 3:31.54 Kathy M Slifer PC 11/24/02

200 FL F 19-24 22 2:40.41 Britta J Hult Wheat 12/14-15
200 FL F 19-24 22 2:49.10 Rebekah Lorenz Wheat 12/14-15

200 FR F 50-54 50 2:22.21 Jacki Hirsty Wheat 12/14-15
200 FR F 55-59 57 2:50.53 Kathy M Slifer Portsmouth Nov10

200 IM F 40-44 41 2:48.53 Pamela Torrey Maine 02/02/11
200 IM F 45-49 46 2:49.72 Jennifer R Luker Wheat 12/14-15
200 IM F 50-54 50 3:12.69 Linda C Carstens Wheat 12/14-15
200 IM F 55-59 57 3:15.94 Kathy M Slifer Wheat 12/14-15

400 FR F 19-24 22 4:42.22 Rebekah Lorenz Wheat 12/14-15
400 FR F 50-54 50 4:57.68 Jacki Hirsty Wheat 12/14-15

50 BA F 30-34 30 34.01 Brandy N Hugo Wheat 12/14-15
50 BA F 40-44 44 35.69 Jan S Boland Wheat 12/14-15
50 BA F 40-44 44 35.71 Kim E Goodwin Wheat 12/14-15
50 BA F 45-49 45 35.79 Tracy L Grilli Wheat 12/14-15
50 BA F 50-54 51 34.05 Joel T Feldmann Wheat 12/14-15

50 BR F 19-24 23 36.51 Noelle Wilhite NU 02/10/26
50 BR F 30-34 32 37.07 Stephanie L Morawski Wheat 12/14-15
50 BR F 50-54 50 41.44 Jacki Hirsty Wheat 12/14-15
50 BR F 50-54 50 43.36 Linda C Carstens Wheat 12/14-15

50 FL F 30-34 30 31.40 Brandy N Hugo Wheat 12/14-15
50 FL F 50-54 51 31.97 Joel T Feldmann Wheat 12/14-15
50 FL F 50-54 50 39.08 Susan N Ketchen Wheat 12/14-15
50 FL F 50-54 50 40.45 Linda C Carstens Wheat 12/14-15
50 FL F 55-59 57 40.60 Kathy M Slifer PC 11/24/02

50 FR F 30-34 30 28.63 Brandy N Hugo Wheat 12/14-15
50 FR F 50-54 50 28.54 Jacki Hirsty Wheat 12/14-15
50 FR F 50-54 51 28.65 Joel T Feldmann Wheat 12/14-15

100 BA M 55-59 55 1:10.45 Daniel J Rogacki Wheat 12/14-15
100 BA M 65-69 67 1:24.80 D Barr Clayson Wheat 12/14-15
100 BA M 70-74 70 1:35.31 Arnie Green Wheat 12/14-15

100 BR M 35-39 38 1:09.36 Richard E Landry Wheat 12/14-15
100 BR M 35-39 39 1:09.51 Brian W Casey Wheat 12/14-15
100 BR M 40-44 40 1:10.94 Edmund J Gendreau Wheat 12/14-15
100 BR M 55-59 55 1:14.53 Daniel J Rogacki Wheat 12/14-15
100 BR M 55-59 56 1:18.92 Bruce E Mohl Wheat 12/14-15
100 BR M 75-79 75 1:37.37 Al Craig Wheat 12/14-15

100 FL M 25-29 26 54.83 Jason H Eaddy Wheat 12/14-15
100 FL M 40-44 40 1:00.40 Edmund J Gendreau Wheat 12/14-15
100 FL M 45-49 45 1:03.82 Russ W Yarworth Wheat 12/14-15
100 FL M 50-54 51 1:00.61 Greg Shaw NU 02/10/26
100 FL M 55-59 55 1:08.92 Daniel Rogacki NU 02/10/26
100 FL M 70-74 70 1:45.63 Arnie Green Portsmouth 02/03/17

100 FR M 25-29 26 52.55 Jason H Eaddy Wheat 12/14-15
100 FR M 40-44 40 55.69 Edmund J Gendreau Wheat 12/14-15
100 FR M 50-54 51 57.94 Greg J Shaw Wheat 12/14-15
100 FR M 55-59 55 59.05 Daniel J Rogacki Wheat 12/14-15
100 FR M 55-59 56 1:00.73 Bruce E Mohl Wheat 12/14-15

100 IM M 40-44 40 1:03.15 Edmund J Gendreau Wheat 12/14-15
100 IM M 45-49 45 1:06.77 Russ W Yarworth Wheat 12/14-15
100 IM M 55-59 55 1:06.45 Daniel J Rogacki Wheat 12/14-15
100 IM M 55-59 56 1:09.83 Bruce E Mohl Wheat 12/14-15
100 IM M 60-64 61 1:19.52 Eric Jensen Portsmouth 02/03/17

200 BA M 40-44 40 2:19.84 Chris A French Wheat 12/14-15
200 BA M 55-59 55 2:35.63 Daniel J Rogacki Wheat 12/14-15
200 BA M 70-74 70 3:35.09 Arnie Green Portsmouth Nov10

200 BR M 40-44 40 2:32.82 Edmund J Gendreau Wheat 12/14-15
200 BR M 55-59 55 2:50.31 Daniel J Rogacki Wheat 12/14-15

200 FL M 25-29 26 2:03.59 Jason H Eaddy Wheat 12/14-15
200 FL M 40-44 40 2:20.53 Edmund J Gendreau Wheat 12/14-15
200 FL M 40-44 42 2:22.04 Peter P Neilley Wheat 12/14-15
200 FL M 40-44 42 2:30.78 Frank C Wuest Wheat 12/14-15
200 FL M 40-44 40 2:31.47 Chris A French Wheat 12/14-15
200 FL M 45-49 47 2:28.84 Bradley Vear Portsmouth 02/03/17
200 FL M 50-54 51 2:21.65 Greg J Shaw Wheat 12/14-15
200 FL M 50-54 54 2:22.36 Fred J Schlicher Wheat 12/14-15
200 FL M 55-59 55 2:43.57 Daniel J Rogacki PC 11/24/02
200 FL M 70-74 70 4:31.80 Arnie Green Maine 02/02/11

200 FR M 25-29 26 1:54.72 Jason H Eaddy Wheat 12/14-15
200 FR M 35-39 38 1:55.50 Stuart I Cromarty Wheat 12/14-15
200 FR M 45-49 45 2:10.80 Russ W Yarworth Wheat 12/14-15
200 FR M 55-59 55 2:17.08 Daniel J Rogacki PC 11/24/02
200 FR M 55-59 56 2:18.05 Bruce E Mohl Wheat 12/14-15
200 FR M 70-74 70 2:56.69 Arnie Green Maine 02/02/11

200 IM M 40-44 40 2:15.67 Edmund J Gendreau Wheat 12/14-15
200 IM M 45-49 45 2:28.53 Russ W Yarworth Wheat 12/14-15
200 IM M 50-54 51 2:22.68 Greg J Shaw Wheat 12/14-15
200 IM M 55-59 56 2:34.17 Bruce E Mohl Wheat 12/14-15
200 IM M 55-59 55 2:34.23 Daniel J Rogacki Portsmouth Nov10
200 IM M 60-64 61 2:55.74 Eric R Jensen Portsmouth Nov10
200 IM M 70-74 70 3:45.23 Arnie Green Maine 02/02/11

400 FR M 25-29 26 4:06.13 Jason H Eaddy Wheat 12/14-15
400 FR M 35-39 38 4:07.99 Stuart I Cromarty Wheat 12/14-15
400 FR M 40-44 40 4:30.55 Chris A French Wheat 12/14-15
400 FR M 40-44 40 4:31.25 Edmund Gendreau NU 02/10/26
400 FR M 45-49 46 4:48.70 David J Welch Wheat 12/14-15

400 IM M 25-29 26 4:39.96 Jason H Eaddy Wheat 12/14-15
400 IM M 40-44 40 5:03.43 Edmund J Gendreau Wheat 12/14-15
400 IM M 50-54 54 5:20.64 Fred J Schlicher Wheat 12/14-15
400 IM M 60-64 60 6:21.47 Ronald Molnar Maine 02/02/11
400 IM M 70-74 70 7:52.57 Arnie Green Wheat 12/14-15

50 BA M 25-29 26 26.97 Benjamin N Lo-Pinto Wheat 12/14-15
50 BA M 55-59 55 32.22 Daniel J Rogacki Wheat 12/14-15
50 BA M 55-59 56 34.07 Bruce E Mohl Wheat 12/14-15
50 BA M 70-74 70 42.92 Arnie Green Maine 02/02/11

50 BR M 35-39 38 31.23 Richard E Landry Wheat 12/14-15
50 BR M 40-44 43 32.81 Keith T Hoffman Wheat 12/14-15
50 BR M 55-59 55 34.21 Daniel J Rogacki Wheat 12/14-15
50 BR M 65-69 67 41.00 D Barr Clayson Wheat 12/14-15
50 BR M 75-79 75 44.35 Al Craig Wheat 12/14-15

50 FL M 25-29 26 25.01 Jason H Eaddy Wheat 12/14-15
50 FL M 40-44 40 27.47 Edmund J Gendreau Wheat 12/14-15
50 FL M 45-49 47 28.55 Bradley Vear Portsmouth 02/03/17
50 FL M 50-54 51 27.11 Greg J Shaw Wheat 12/14-15
50 FL M 50-54 51 27.39 Greg Shaw NU 02/10/26
50 FL M 55-59 55 29.94 Daniel Rogacki NU 02/10/26

50 FR M 25-29 26 24.02 Benjamin N Lo-Pinto Wheat 12/14-15
50 FR M 35-39 38 24.27 Richard E Landry Wheat 12/14-15
50 FR M 55-59 55 26.27 Daniel J Rogacki Portsmouth Nov10
50 FR M 55-59 56 27.63 Bruce E Mohl Wheat 12/14-15

800 FR M 55-59 59 11:36.6 David Vail Maine 02/02/11

NEM PROSPECTS FOR VIRTUAL SCM NATIONAL CHAMPION LOOK GOOD

This year, NEM instigated the first every virtual SCM national championship. We’ve been receiving meet results from around the country thanks to the effort of different meet directors and the coordinated push by Mel Dyck. We will combine all of these results into one large meet file and score, down to the 16th place, each regional meet as members of one team (e.g. New England versus Pacific Masters). Any SCM meets held from October 1st through December 31, 2001 will be eligible. So far we’ve received results from:

Pacific Masters LMSC , Arizona State Championships, Indiana and Great Lakes Zones, Dixie Zones, Southern Masters LMSC, Southern Pacific Masters Zone and hope to receive results from the Pacific Northwest Zones and Colonies Zones. We expect to process the results next month. Prospects for New England victory look good since based on the information received to date we have at least 60% more splashes than the other meets.

Results: NEw England Masters Short Course Meters Championships