Near perfect conditions greeted over 150 swimmers at the first 2017 open water swim on the Pacific Masters schedule at Spring Lake near Santa Rosa. Six Tuolumne County Aquatic Masters swimmers competed in the two distance swims.
With clear skies, calm conditions and warm water of 72 degrees, the swimmers lined up for the 500 free. With the starting horn, the swimmers raced clockwise around a triangular course. Many of the swimmers used the shorter distance race as a warm up for the featured mile swim.
TCAM swimmers, Patti Philpott, 47 and Greg Jacobus, 66, both finished quickly in 9:18.15 and 10:34.35 respectively. Philpott and Jacobus won their age divisions.
For the longer one mile course, the swimmers lined up in four separate waves on the beach. The waves were seeded by entry times with the faster swimmers leaving in the first wave. The swim followed a more circular course around several buoys and a small island before returning to the finish line on the beach.
Philpott and Jacobus led the TCAM swimmers around the course to the finish. Philpott finished in 26:43.50 followed by Jacobus in 30:51.70. Swimming within 30 seconds of each other Joan Turner, 56 and Susan Loyd, 58 crossed the finish line in 35:30.75 and 35:29.85 respectively.
Not far behind and within seconds of each other were Laurie Perry, 63 in 39:50.45 and Susan White, 75 in 39:53.85.
In the age group rankings, top three awards were attained by White in first place in the 75-79, Philpott second in the 45-49, and Jacobus third in the 65-69.
Top fifteen finishes in competitive age divisions were achieved by Turner in 10th and Loyd in 11th in the 55-59 and Perry 11th in the 60-64.
The open water season continues throughout the summer and fall in northern California lakes, rivers and in the Pacific Ocean.