2024 Canadian Masters Swimming Championships

Over Memorial Day weekend, May 24-26, 2024 – the Michigan Masters team of 53 swimmers crossed the border to swim at the 2024 Canadian Masters Swimming Championships. The team broke 47 individual State records and 13 relay records. In addition, Corrin Buck broke 2 USMS National records in the 50 and 100 breaststroke. Denise Brown was 7 for 7 national champion and 6 for 7 state records making her our TOP Michigan Masters Athlete!!!  As a team, we won 70 Gold medals, 53 silver and 47 Bronze. If we were allowed to score, Michigan Masters would have been National Champs… so job well done. Go team!! The last time Michigan Masters attended this meet was in 2014.

Attending their first national meet representing Michigan Masters was: Nicholas Rancilio, Dana Hunter, Mike Smith, Elise Dubois, Emily Gunderson, Luca Benetti, Kristen Adair, and Katie Glumpker.

Placing first, although from the USA, the following individuals were Canadian National Champions! To our surprise we got nice hardware and a National Champion patch. Our National Champions were: Gaard Arneson in 5 events, Jeff Bailey in 1 event, Ali Blondell in 3 events, Denise Brown in 7 events, Corrin Buck in 4 events, Lou Ann Dixon in 2 events, Joannie Eastridge in 2 events, Emily Gunderson in 2 events, Suzanne Harris in 1 event, Fares Ksebati in 1 event, Muffy MacKenzie in 3 events, Julie Master in 1 event, Thomas Melgar in 1 event, Laura Nathan in 1 event, Chuck Olson in 2 events, Kurt Olzmann in 4 events, Randy Parker in 4 events, Mike Schuldinger in 3 events, Chad Steed in 5 events, Wendy Szymczak in 3 events, and Sue Weir in 1 event.

In addition to our national champions, the following athletes placed second or third in event(s) and brought home some nice hardware: Sallie Bartkowiak, Sarah Bednarcik, Luca Benetti, Beth Carey, John Cassidy, Maddie Diedo, Nancy Frey, Luke Griffioen, Sue Hadden, Kathy Haney, Dana Hunter, Lisa Hypnar, Taylor Oberson, Jim Pogue, Nicholas Rancilio, Jacqueline Thorpe, Matt Wuchte and Karen Younkins.



Breaking Michigan Masters Individual State Records

  • Ali Blondell 100 IM, 200 free, 400 free, 100 fly, and 50 free.
  • Denise Brown 800 free, 200 back, 400 free, 200 IM, 400 IM, 1500 free
  • Sarah Bednarcik 800 free 1500 free
  • Corrin Buck 100 IM, 100 Breast, 200 breast, 50 breast
  • Joannie Eastridge 400 free, 200 breast, 200 IM, 400 IM
  • Emily Gunderson 50 back
  • Lisa Hypnar 200 free, 100 free, 50 free
  • Muffy MacKenzie 50 fly, 100 free
  • Chuck Olson 200 free, 400 free
  • Kurt Olzmann 100 breast, 200 breast, 50 breast
  • Randy Parker 50 fly, 100 breast, 50 breast, 50 free
  • Michael Schuldinger 400 free, 200 IM
  • Chad Steed 100 breast, 50 breast
  • Wendy Szymczak 50 breast, 50 free, 1500 free
  • Sue Weir 50 fly
  • Karen Younkins 200 back, 100 back, 50 back

Breaking Michigan Masters Relay State Records

Women’s Relays

  • 200 free and 200 medley relay both with Ali Blondell, Karen Younkins, Emily Gunderson,  Kristen Adair
  • 200 freestyle relay Muffy MacKenzie, Corrin Buck Wendy Szymczak, and Susan Harris
  • 200 medley relay with Susan Harris, Corrin Buck, Sue Weir, Muffy MacKenzie
  • 200 free relay with Laura Nathan, Sue Hadden, Lisa Hypnar, Kathy Haney

Men’s relays

  • 200 free relay with Jeff Bailey, Jim Pogue, John Cassidy, and Michael Schuldinger
  • 200 medley relay with Fares Ksebati, Brian Rudolph, Luke Griffioen, and  Luca Benetti
  • 200 Medley relay with Kurt Christensen, Randy Parker, Jeff Bailey, and Chuck Olson

Mixed relays

  • 200 medley relay with John Cassidy, Lou Ann Dixon, Jim Pogue and Wendy Szymczak
  • 200 medley relay with Chuck Olson, Randy Parker, Sue Weir, and  Lisa Hypnar
  • 200 free relay with Fares Ksebati, Luke Griffioen, Ali Blondell, and Emily Gunderson
  • 200 free relay with Muffy MacKenzie, Susan Harris Kurt Christensen, and Jeff Bailey
  • 200 free relay with Corrin Buck, Wendy Szymczak, Jim Pogue, and Michael Schuldinger
  • 200 free relay with Chuck Olson Sue Weir Lisa Hypnar, and Kurt Olzmann