Tuolumne County Aquatic Masters swimmers have had a busy month racing at multiple open water swims.
The Granite Man Triathlon series hosted a swim, bike and run on multiple days over September 8-10. Participants had the option of racing in all three events or just one or two.
The 1.2 or 2.4 mile swim were held in June Lake. With a cool 60 degree water temperature, swimmers were required to wear wetsuits. The race started in shallow water following a triangular course marked with large, turning buoys.
Martha Buthmann, 65 was the lone TCAM swimmer. In only her second open water race, Buthmann had a strong swim and finished in 35:58. Her time placed her third overall.
Swimming in the ocean in San Francisco Bay provides numerous challenges for swimmers including the current, tides, water temperature and rough seas.
Due to the changing of the tides, the 8th annual Keller Cove swim on September 23, was postponed for over an hour to provide a safe swim for over 300 competitors. The race benefited the local Richmond youth swim team.
Youth and masters swimmers ranging in age from 12 to 83 competed in this years event.
The swimmers lined up on the beach in multiple waves for the half mile, one mile and two mile races. The one mile race traveled around a trapezoid course, while the two mile swimmers made two loops.
During the race, swimmers had a beautiful view of the Golden Gate Bridge, Angel Island, Mt. Tamalpias, and the San Francisco skyline.
With cold 60 degree water and rough seas, swimmers had a challenging swim. The majority of the swimmers swam without wetsuits.
Susan White, 75, continued her dominance in the 75-79 age division. White won the one mile event for her group with a time of 46:47.60.
Jam to the Dam
At the second annual, Jam to the Dam at Lake Tullock on September 24, swimmers, kayakers and paddle boarders raced varying distances. The proceeds benefited the local Waldorf School.
In the one mile swim, the swimmers followed the shore line out towards the dam and back to the starting area. Both youth and masters swimmers swam together. Swimmers had the option of wearing a wetsuit or swimming without.
TCA swimmer, Vincent Diaz, 15, led the field and crossed the finish line first overall in a time of 29:43. Team mate, Huck Harrelson, 13, finished in 35:28. Diaz and Harrelson where one-two, respectively in the youth division.
In the masters division, Karen Aldridge, 42, exited the water third overall in 32:04. Aldridge was followed by Martha Buthmann, 65, in 37:06, Tim Neeley, 55, in 44:30 and Larry Marum, 70, in 51:06. Marum was the oldest competitor in the swim.
In the women’s division, Aldridge placed second and Buthmann third. For the men, Neeley was first and Marum second.