With the rain pouring outside, over four hundred masters swimmers raced inside at the annual Valentine’s Meet held at the University of San Francisco’s Aquatic Center on February 4. The sprint meet featured both 50 and 100 yard distances in all four strokes plus the 100 Individual Medley.
Tuolumne County Aquatics Masters swimmer, Paul McIlroy, 51 raced in his first competitive meet in the 50-54 age division. With his strong breaststroke, McIlroy captured first place in both the 50 breast and 100 IM and finished second in the 100 breast. Both of McIlroy’s breast swims and IM were new team records. He set a fourth record in the 100 free.
Outstanding personal bests were set by Susan Loyd, 57 in the 100 back and 100 IM. Loyd dropped 12 seconds in her back and one in her IM. Her fast fly swims placed her first in the 100 and second in the 50. She ranked in the top five in all five for her events.
Toni Wivell, 80 swam seconds under all of her entered times in the competitive 80-84 division. Swimming strong free and back events, Wivell finished in the top three in all of her swims.
The TCAM swimmers will train throughout the winter for upcoming meets in Moraga and at Stanford in the spring.
Adults interested in swimming for fitness, can contact Patti Scott-Baier at Sonora Sport and Fitness for more information on joining the program