Bright, energetic, and cheerful CRUZERS gathered together New Year’s morning on Cowell Beach to bring forth the swimmingly beautiful New Year with a dip in Monterey Bay, brunch at Aquarius, and an epic air hockey tournament .
Then to the arcade where we unveiled our true competitive instincts on the air hockey tables. After dozens of games, everyone was declared a winner and we then ventured to, where else, the Big Dipper. We declared it, still, the best ride ever!!
We’ve started a new year, a new month, and a new quarter. That’s a gentle reminder to bring your payments to the pool (or mail them to our new CRUZ address at 340 Dakota Ave., Apartment B, Santa Cruz, 95060) and also remember that your CRUZ payment should include our $10 annual team fee.
I want to encourage all of you to join with your lane mates to encourage each other to continue to show up regularly at workout and make the most of your time in the water. Always know that the CRUZ coaches want to help you reach your goals for this coming year. We are there for you!
HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of you CRUZERS. All the best for you and your families in 2018.
The weekend of November 11 and 12 was a great one for recognizing swimming achievements! On Saturday, on the Santa Cruz Pier, the Monterey Bay Swimming Association celebrated the year of open water swimming in Monterey Bay with a gathering of swimmers, MBSA members, and family and friends. In the photo is MBSA board member Scott Tapley presenting the award to Monterey Bay solo swimmer, Amy Gubser. She swam the 25 miles across the bay in 16 hours, 49 minutes. The stinging nettle jellies were waiting for her on the Monterey side of the bay, and she did get stung, but that did not deter Amy from finishing the swim. Congratulations!!
On Sunday, Cyndy Hertzer and I had the wonderful opportunity to meet an amazing Olympian at the Pacific Masters annual gathering. Note in one of the photos below is Natalie Coughlin, Olympic champion and world record holder. She participated in three Olympics: Athens, Beijing, and London. Some of you might note, too, that she starred on Dancing with the Stars and one of the TV chef shows. It was truly a pleasure to meet her and hear her talk about her swimming career and what she’s doing with her life since then.
You, too, can meet an amazing Olympic champion if you attend next year’s gathering. The gathering takes place the second weekend of November. Pac Masters offers a morning workout, a tech talk, a great lunch, and then you meet and listen to a world renown swimmer. Best of all, it’s free for Pac Masters members.
Cyndy swam the morning workout as I was on deck helping the other coaches “crack the whip”. This happened at Acalanes High School. Lots of fun and a great way to start the day! Then, at St. Mary’s College, I sat on a panel with other open water swimmers to talk about the many aspects of open water swimming.
Both Cyndy and I were recognized as Pac Masters Open Water Champs for 2017. You, too, can be an open water champ by attending the great swims planned for 2018. Get in touch with me if you have any questions. New, additional information about Pacific Masters is posted on our bulletin board located on deck at the pool.
ALIDA CANALE - 2875 yards 10:04 / 10:05 / 11:22 / 10:16 / 10:30
VERONICA FLANAGAN - 4105 7:05 / 7:13 / 7:12 / 7:18 / 7:21./ 7:30 / 7:39 / 7:24
CYNDY HERTZER - 4770 6:12 / 6:13 / 6:13 / 6:14 / 6:13 / 6:15 / 6:20 / 6:20 / 6:26
MIDORI HOOK - 4420 6:29 / 6:45 / 6:53 / 6:54 / 6:53 / 6:57 / 6:55 / 6:52
YUKO HOOK - 2565 11:32 / 11:27 / 11:45 / 11:52 / 11:47
MICHELLE IGNOFFO - 3930 7:28 / 7:31 / 7:33 / 7:35 / 7:47 / 7:44 / 7:46
JERI JENSEN - 3115 9:15 / 9:38 / 9:38 / 9:40 / 9:48 / 9:47
JONATHAN KAHANA - 2995 9:26 / 9:57 / 10:20 / 10:14 / 10:12 / (10:03)
COACH JAMES LAMB - 5055 6:00 / 5:55 / 5:53 / 5:57 / 5:58 / 5:57 / 5:55 / 5:53 / 5:51 / 6:01
DAVID LEDERMAN - 4600 6:09 / 6:08 / 6:11 / 6:37 / 6:36 / 6:38 / 6:52 / 6:48 / 6:46
ERIC NELSON - 2740 10:45 / 10:47 / 10:58 / 11:05 / 11:10
RICK RISSO - 4395 6:57 / 6:57 / 6:53 / 6:50 / 6:49 / 6:48 / 6:48 / 6:45
CHRIS TAINTY - 4920 6:08 / 6:08 / 6:05 / 6:07 / 6:05 / 6:04 / 6:05 / 6:04 / 6:06
KARL TALLMAN - 5075 5:46 / 5:40 / 5:43 / 5:41 / 5:55 / 6:03 / 6:04 / 5:57 / 6:06 / 6:02
MITCHELL VICTORIA - 4800 6:05 / 6:07 / 6:12 / 6:14 / 6:31 / 6:10 / 6:19 / 6:19 / 6:23
Fifteen CRUZers participated in this year’s One Mile Postal Swim. There are one or two more who may do it if they can get past the various maladies that are currently afflicting many of us: flu, bronchitis, bad colds, sinus infections. Hasn’t it been a particularly challenging season of illness?!
The mile seems like such a long swim but, when you break it up, you focus on each part and the whole swim goes by really quickly. A simple way to approach the swim is to section it into 4 pieces, each 500 yards, plus a final 150 yards (or you can make each section 550 yards if you want to divide it evenly into three parts). The strategy is to swim the first 500 fairly easily, add more energy for the second 500, and more still to the third 500, trying to make each 500 faster than the previous 500. Some people like to break the third 500 into 5 x 100, descending 1 to 5. Our swimmers' 3 500 splits are listed below, after their overall times. You’ll note that Veronica Flanagan, Marta Bechhoefer, and Rick Risso all descended their 500’s. Very cool!
The CRUZ results are posted below and we’ll get overall results in about a month. Thanks to Glenda Carroll and the TAM Masters for hosting this swim, a benefit for cancer support groups.
Marta Bechhoefer: 22:32.66 - 6:53.24/6:50.06/6:47.66
Beth Blackstone: 26:37.80 - 7:49.81 / 8:05.60 / 8:14.09
Thea Egelhofer: - 8:19.64 / 8:39.65 / 8:39.30
Dion Farquhar: 38:16.39 - 11:27.89 / 11:41.41 / 11:38.05
Veronica Flanagan: 23:42.88 - 7:14.54 / 7:13.59 / 7:10.23
Samantha Forde: 26:11.85 - 7:49.30 / 7:58.72 / 7:57.06
Cynthia Hertzer: 20:06.96 - 5:59.75 / 6:05.25 / 6:11.21
Chris Kamimura: 27:20.61 - 8:08.93 / 8:28.56 / 8:19.87
Christine King: 32:49.86 - 8:58.84 / 10:21.10 / 10:21.21
Coach James Lamb: 19:22.83 - 5:42.99 / 5:52.39 / 6:01.39
Bridget Lyons: 23:01.85 - 6:58.36 / 7:06.04 / 6:59.23
Melissa Mahoney: 27:20.69 - 8:14.72 / 8:21.19 / 8:19.57
Rick Risso: 21:44.44 - 6:38.91 / 6:37.95 / 6:35.50
Genine Scelfo: 28:50.03 - 8:36.52 / 8:46.03 / 8:48.66
Mitchell Victoria: 19:05.52 - 5:41.81 / 5:48.78 / 5:56.07
Sunday morning, January 1, 2017, dawned with calm water and beautiful silvery light shining on to Cowell Beach.
Over twenty CRUZers and friends gathered to celebrate the New Year with our annual "first-of-the-year" ocean swim. Many of us jumped in and quickly jumped out, a good number swam to the lifeguard tower and back, and a hearty few swam to the end of the pier and back.
WOW!! Was the Donner Lake Swim popular this year with 400 swimmers signed up to do it. Twenty-three CRUZers attended the swim to enjoy the only Pacific Masters open water event that is "one length of the pool". This year the swim was designated by United States Masters Swimming as the National Championship event for a distance between 1 and 3 miles and CRUZ finished with 4 NATIONAL CHAMPS! See results below.
Coach Galen 58.38 NATIONAL CHAMP 25-59
Bernard McGraw 1:22.53 20th place 45-49
Chris Tainty 1:03.46 2nd place 55-59
Dave DeCosse 1:04.23 3rd place 55-59
Matt O'Neil 1:16.19 9th place 60-64
Mark Young 2:20.50 18th place 60-64
Coach Joel 1:04.13 NATIONAL CHAMP 65-69
Scot Kendall 1:40.27 10th place 65-69
Thanks to the many of you who showed up on the beach this weekend to help with and take part in our Open Water Weekend! We enjoyed great swims and fine company with 321 swimmers in Saturday's One Mile Race and 111 swimmers in Sunday's Two Mile Cruz Cruise.
I recommend finding the results for one or more of your lane mates and plan on joining them for next year's swims.
Because we all happen to be in the same age group, our main objective was to dominate the women's 45-49 year old relay scene - or at least, to show up for it and have a good time swimming together. We came in second in the 200m free relay, with a time of 2:16.88, and, okay, we CRUSHED the 400m medley relay at 5:45.99! (Yes, we won. Yes, we were also the only all women's team entered from our age group.)
And in the meantime, Cyndy, Marta, and Kim each pulled in some impressive individual performances as well. Here's a summary of their results...