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Swimming: Santa Clarita Masters Club wins by 730 points

Posted: March 20, 2010 9:10 p.m.
Updated: March 21, 2010 4:55 a.m.
Amidst the 28 teams and 140 competitors on hand for the Santa Clarita Masters Short Course Yards Meet on Saturday, 26 members of the Santa Clarita Masters Club ensured the valley's local team came home with the overall victory.

Led by key wins in the women's 1,650-yard freestyle, 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 100 individual medley and various relays, SCMC won the meet with a total of 1,861 points.

The SCMC earned 730 points more than its next closest competitor, and showed off its ever-improving depth of talent in the process.

"It's all about coming out and trying to have fun - No. 1 health and fitness No. 2, and just pushing yourself to improve and do better," said SCMC head coach Laurie Bossard. "Every single person, for the most part ... on my team, improved their times. That's what we are all about."

The meet fielded competitors 18 years old and older with various heats for each event.

The day started off with wins in the women's 1,650 freestyle by Melissa Diaz with a time of 22 minutes, 35.57 seconds in the 25-29 age group and Cheri Ellington in the 50-54 age group in 21:29.66.

Swimmers were placed into each heat with swimmers of all age groups, seeded based on their individual times in the stroke.

One highlight on the day came from 85-year old Frank Piemme of Lompoc's Other Swim Club, when he set a new U.S. Masters Swimming record in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 3:46.18, besting the previous mark of 3:55.05 set in 2003.

For SCMC, other standout winners included Jasmine Henderson in the women's 18-24 50 freestyle (27:54) and 100 IM (1:09.49), William Van Lohn in the men's 18-24 50 freestyle (23.45) and 100 freestyle (53.12), Jeremiah Bauman in the 40-44 100 freestyle (53.40), Laura Bryce in the 35-39 100 IM (1:13.01) and Igor Bistric in the 25-29 100 IM (1:03.62).

SCMC also swept the points in the men's 18 and older and 25 and older 200-medley relays.

But in the end, the day wasn't about just scoring points or the overall win.

"It's more about just coming out and having fun," Bossard said. "There are people with all different swimming abilities, from very beginner to people that have been swimming their entire lives."


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