On July 16 and 17, four CRUZers, including Coach Joel, headed to the USMS open water swims at Applegate Lake, about 30 miles southwest of Medford, Oregon. On Saturday, we participated in either the National Championship 10K Swim or the 5K race.
In the 10K swim, Cyndy Hertzer won her age group with a time of 2 hours and 39 minutes. Marta Bechhoefer took third in the same age group with a time of 3:15. Coach Joel won his age group with a time of 2:37.
Ann Cardoza won her age group and was third, overall, in the 5K swim, with a time of 1:25.
On Sunday, Cyndy, Ann, and Coach Joel swam two events. The first one was a 1500 yard swim. We each won our age group. We also participated in a "hat draw" relay. You swam a 500 yard loop with two other people drawn from the hat. Each person was given a handicap so that the relays started at different times, the goal being to have each relay finish close together. The relay was a lot of fun in that we did all finish close together and each of us from CRUZ Masters met and teamed up with swimmers from other teams.
Rogue Valley Masters hosts this event each year and they do an excellent job! I encourage CRUZers to make the trip north for a fun time in a beautiful place.