Union Democrat staff

There were only 14 Tuolumne County Aquatic Masters swimmers competing last weekend but the team raced to a fifth place overall finish at the Pacific Masters Long Course Swimming Championships at Gunderson High School in San Jose.

TCAM finished behind four teams that had 30 to 60 swimmers each. In the team standings, the University of San Francisco Masters finished first, followed by Walnut Creek, Davis Aquatic and MEMO Masters.

Swimming fast relays and individual events in the 50-meter pool, TCAM swimmers had impressive team statistics with 31 swims in the top three, 11 team records, 11 swimmers placing in the Top Ten Age Group standings and seven relays in the top five.

Toni Wivell, 80, was the leading point scorer for TCAM. She had an outstanding meet with top three places in all seven of her events ranging from sprint 50’s to the distance 400 free. She won the 400 free. Wivell was the winner of the 80-84 age division high point award.

She also set two team records in the 100 and 200 back.

The wife-husband duo, Lisa Hieb Stock, 37, and Kyle Stock, 44, both placed second in high point standings in their respective age divisions.

Hieb-Stock raced to three personal best times with a significant 3 second drop in both the 100 and 200 back. She won the 100 fly. Stock won both the 50 back and 100 breast.

Dave Fairfield, 77, won and set two team records in the 200 IM and 100 free. He was second in the 75-79 age division high point awards.

In her second meet in the 75-79, Susan White, 75, set team records in the 200 free, 200 back and 100 fly. She was the gold medal winner in the fly. White finished seventh in the high point standings.

Setting new team records in a single event were Matt Gass, 59, in the 50 breast, Matt Scanlin, 21, in the 50 back, Carole Sears, 70, in the 50 free and Stuart Welsh, 60, in the 200 fly. Gass set a personal best in his breast event.

Rounding out the TCAM high point winners were Gary Johnson, 66, in fifth, Karen Kessel, 68, in sixth, Matt Scanlin, 21, in seventh, Sears, 70 in eighth and Darci Scanlin, 50, and Kirby Smith, 70, finished in 10th in their respective age divisions.

Pete Fogarty, 66, and Johnson both dropped 13 seconds in a single event. Fogarty shaved time in the 200 breast, while Johnson was faster in the 200 back. Johnson had a second personal best in the 200 breast.

Darci Scanlin and her son, Matt Scanlin, plus Kessel, swam in a 50-meter pool for the first time. The championship meet was Darci Scanlin’s first swim meet.

Fogarty, Gass, Sears and Welsh successfully raced new events in the long course pool.

With double points scored for relays, all of the TCAM swimmers put in an extra effort to place high in those events. The 40-year relay divisions are determined by adding the relay members ages together.

TCAM had two winning relays. Grabbing first in the 120-plus 400 free relay, Stock led off, followed by Darci Scanlin, Hieb-Stock and Matt Scanlin anchored. The TCAM relay team had swimmers from four different decades.

The 240-plus men’s 400 medley relay raced to first with Welsh leading with back, followed by Fogarty swimming breast, Gass fly and Fairfield finishing with free.

With the next month of workouts focusing on stroke improvement, TCAM meet swimmers hope to have significant stroke changes to help them go faster in October at both the Walnut Creek and team Pumpkin meets.

Adults interested in swimming for fitness are welcome to join the TCAM team. For more information, contact Patti Scott-Baier at Sonora Sport and Fitness Center.

— Information submitted by TCAM director Patti Scott-Baier

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