Michigan Masters Takes 5th Place in the Regional Club Division
The 2017 USMS Summer Long Course National Championships took place from August 2 to August 6, 2017 at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN. 1016 swimmers entered the meet from 187 Clubs. 55 USMS National and FINA World Records were set during the course of the meet. Michigan Masters placed 5th in the Regional Club division with 616 points with 26 swimmers who attended. The Men’s team placed 3rd with 387 points with 16 swimmers attending and the Women’s team placed 9th with 169 points with 10 swimmers attending.
Pictured: Front row from left to right – Marilyn Early, Corrin Buck, Danielle Navarre, Patrick Sturdy, and Fares Ksebati. Second row – Julie Rogers, Susan Phillips, Ashley Garringer, Matt Wuchte, Clisty Sturdy, Gail Dummer, and Chuck Olson. Last row – Joe Aumiller, Mike Phillips, Jeff Bailey, Skip Thompson, Kurt Christensen, Jim Pogue, Steve Burstall, and Randy Parker. Missing in the picture – Tony Anderson, Sean Cabbage, Ray Martin, John Pflughoeft, Wendy Szymczak, and Yvonne Tirakian.
Ray Martin, aging up to the 80-84 age-group, won 4 USMS National Championships in the 200, 400, and 800 Free and also the 50 Fly and set six LMSC State Records in the process. He was also 2nd in the 100 Breast and 4th in the 200 Breast. He was the Michigan Masters Men’s High Point winner with 60 points. Corrin Buck won all three breaststroke events in the 50-54 age-group and missed the USMS National Record by .11 in the 50. She came close the USMS National Record in the 100 Breast which she set back in 2014 by .26 in winning the 100. She also set an LMSC State Record in the 100 Free. She was the Michigan Masters Women’s High Point winner with 55 Points.
Fares Ksebati won all 3 Breaststroke events in the 25-29 age-group. Randy Parker won the 100 Breast in the 60-64 age-group to round out the total of 11 Individual Event wins for Michigan Masters. The Men’s 200 Free Relay of Tony Anderson, Jim Pogue, Jeff Bailey, and Kurt Christensen won the 200-239 age-group setting an LMSC State Record in the process. Second place finishes were swam by Marilyn Early and Matt Wuchte. Third places finishes were swam by Tony Anderson, Jeff Bailey, Ashley Garringer, Chuck Olson, and Yvonne Tirakain.
The Michigan Masters team was 5th by the margin of 13 points over Colorado Masters in the Regional Club Division and that is a tribute to all of the swimmers swimming and placing in the 15 relays that were entered. Everyone that swam multiple events and relays placed and received a medal for their efforts and this helped win the 5th place Championship banner. Congratulations to all of the 26 partipcating swimmers.