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Swimming: Adults hit the water in regional

27 locals among nearly 300 competitors

Posted: April 14, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 14, 2012 1:55 a.m.

The Santa Clarita Aquatic Center will host the U.S. Masters Southwest Zone and Southern Pacific Masters Association Short Course Yards Regional Championship Meet today and Sunday beginning at 8 a.m. both days.

The event will feature swimmers aged 18 to 89, with athletes from 39 swimming clubs registered to compete in 37 events.

Swimmers from clubs throughout the West Coast will be represented, including swimmers from Washington, Oregon California and Nevada.

Athletes from around the  Western United States will compete at the two-day event, which will feature 19 men and eight women from the local Santa Clarita Masters Club, including Canyon High swim coach Steve Himes.

“I’m expecting to do very well,” said SCMC head coach Laurie Bossard. “I have seven top 10 nationally ranked swimmers, so I’m expecting to do well and I’m expecting to break some records — some relay records.

Two of those relay teams expected to find success today are the team of Mario Marshall, Christopher Stroh, Burren Bates and Bryan Kitchener, and the team of Jonathan Edge, Tryggvi Helgason, Himes and Brent Ford.

Individually, Marshall is trying to drop enough time to qualify for the Olympic Trials this summer in the 100-meter butterfly and 100-meter freestyle, according to Bossard.

Of the other swim clubs participating in the event, the Ojai Masters swim club will be the most represented club at the meet, with 46 individual swimmers.

The Regional Championship event changes locations each year, and this marks the first time the event has been held in the Santa Clarita Valley, something the local swimmers are excited about.

“We have a beautiful facility and people like to come here and swim at this pool,” said local swimmer Jeff Miladin, a Hart High graduate who will swim in the 50-yard, 100-yard, and 200-yard  butterfly events.

The U.S. Masters Swimming is an organization that provides swimming opportunities from organized workouts, competitions, clinics and workshops for adults aged 18 and over nationwide, according to the Santa Clarita Masters website.


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