Athletes over the age of 50, competed in over 20 different sports at the Bay Area Senior Games over a week in Palo Alto. Fourteen swimmers from Tuolumne County Aquatic Masters raced at the games swim meet held at Rinconnada Aquatic Center on May 21.
The local TCAM swimmers dominated in several age divisions winning a total of 61 medals.
Sheryl Parola, 68 and Susan White, 74 won the first place gold medal in all five of their races. Both women concentrated their efforts on the longer distance events. Paola swam an impressive 200 fly in a personal best time by over 11 seconds.
In the 70-74 age division, breaststroker, Kirby Smith, 70 won all three breast races including the 50, 100 and 200. Connie Birdsall, 71 won three events. She set a new team record in the 200 breast. Carole Sears, 70 swam a smooth 200 back to capture first place.
Perfecting his pacing in longer distances helped Pete Fogarty, 66 drop almost 7 seconds in his 200 breast. He won both the 50 and 100 breast. Distance swimmer, Larry Carter, 68 swam a fast second half of his 500 free to finish first.
With a strong breast kick, Robin Carter, 66 placed first in the 100 breast.
In the 60-64 group, versatile swimmer, Mary Welsh, 63 swam to first place in the 100 back, breast and IM. Returning to the racing circuit after two years of injuries, Laurie Perry, 63 had outstanding swims. She placed first in the 100 free.
Matt Gass, 59 competed in the several of the more difficult events at the meet including the 100 and 200 fly plus the 400 IM. Gass won the 100 fly.
With consistent hard workouts, Susan Loyd, 57 has continued to improve in her IM events. She dropped two seconds in her 200 IM. She finished first in the 50 fly. Four of her swims were within a second of her personal bests.
Making their first meet debut were Suki Spillner, 58 and Chuck Spillner, 69. Both novice competitors swam well in their 50 yard events. Chuck Spillner finished first in his 50 back.
With the summer just around the corner, the TCAM swimmers will continue with daily workouts in preparation for upcoming meets and open water swims.
Adult swimmers interested in swimming for fitness with TCAM, can contact Patti Scott-Baier at Sonora Sport and Fitness.