Category Archives: Masters swimming

BAM coach wins national award

I received this release from the Bainbridge Aquatic Masters regarding head coach April Cheadle:

 

April Cheadle
April Cheadle

This week Bainbridge Aquatic Masters (BAM) head coach April Cheadle will travel to Jacksonville, Florida, to accept the Kerry O’Brien Coaching Award. This national award is given to a handful of coaches each year who are building masters membership in communities throughout the country.
Since Cheadle became the BAM coach in 2010, membership on the team has doubled ­ primarily because Cheadle’s passion, enthusiasm, intelligence and patience with all levels of swimmers (and) has become (a) local legend.

The Kerry O’Brien Coaching Award was created to honor the namesake coach of the very successful Walnut Creek Masters program, and the spirit and passion he brings to coaching. Five principal areas of excellence are considered: Building the Foundation, Reenergizing, Mentoring a New Club, Coaching Education at the Local Level and Creating Opportunities for Members. Cheadle was awarded for exceeding the criteria in two areas: Reenergizing and Creating Opportunities for Members.

Cheadle grew up in Central Washington and swam at the University of Washington. She is certified as a coach at the United States Masters Swimming Levels 1, 2 and 3, and was selected as assistant coach for the
Puget Sound Masters National Team in 2011, and co-head coach of the team in 2012 and head coach in 2014.

BAM is the local United States Masters team. They swim at the Bainbridge Aquatic Center with 13 different swim practices offered each week. To be a Masters swimmer, you must be age 18 or older and registered with United States Masters Swimming. Skill level and ability varies from beginner to national competitor and all are welcome. Get more info at www.bainbridgeaquaticmasters.com.

Masters: BAM’s Bullock wins national titles; PSM claims team title

Members of the Bainbridge Aquatics Masters who competed with the Puget Sound Masters regional team at the U.S. Masters spring national championships last week in Santa Clara, Calif.
Members of the Bainbridge Aquatics Masters who competed with the Puget Sound Masters regional team at the U.S. Masters spring national championships last week in Santa Clara, Calif.

There was quite a heavy contingent of Bainbridge Aquatic Masters (BAM) swimmers who were part of the Puget Sound Masters regional club that swam last weekend at the U.S. Masters Spring National Championships in Santa Clara, Calif.

Among the 89 swimmers was Sarah Bullock, who won two events. BAM coach April Cheadle was selected to lead the PSM team for the third year.

April Cheadle
April Cheadle

“It was an honor to be chosen to lead, organize, and coach the 89 athletes that made up the Puget Sound Masters Spring National squad. This was the largest squad to travel from our region to a national meet, and we had high hopes of placing in the top three going into the meet,” Cheadle said.

PSM won the overall regional team title with a score of 1,530. Oregon Masters finished second (1,174.50) and Colorado Masters third (900.50). The women’s team placed first (828) as did the men (570).

Bullock won the 1,650-yard freestyle in the 45-49 age group with a time of 19 minutes, 32.15 seconds. Bullock won her second title in the 400 individual medley in 5:26.14.

“It’s so fun to see my hard work pay off,” Bullock said. “I’ve been training for months without really watching my times, so seeing that number one beside my name was pretty shocking.”

Also competing for BAM were Kari Wetzler who was second in the 1,650 free in the 30-34 age division; Kate Carruthers (65-69) was second in the 100 breaststroke in 1:32.34 and Karen Segerson was sixth in the 1,000 free in the 35-39 age division.

For the men, Dennis Sawyer (70-74) finished fourth in the 400 IM in 6:50.95 and fifth in the 200 breaststroke in 3:11.44 and had a time of 1:22.46 in the 100 breast for fifth; Mark Benishek (30-34) was 11th in the 50 free in 23.25 and eighth in the 100 backstroke in 1:03.69; Randy Rogers (55-59) was eighth in the 200 butterfly in 2:27.90 and Cestjon McFarland, Tom Goodlin and Barney Voegtlen all contributed to BAM’s success.

Also, the mixed 200 free and medley relays in the 65+ each placed third — 2:03.09 for the free and 2:26.57 for the medley. The 200 medley relay for the men’s 65+ finished fifth in 2:20.39 and the 200 free relay was eighth in 2:06.39.

I’ve also included a link for a searchable list on the USMS website for all PSM swimmers who participated. You can also search by swimmer at the same site.

Kirk, Giovanni come away with medals; Adrian’s time changed

Dana Kirk, a Bremerton native and 2004 Olympian, won the 50-yard butterfly Sunday at the U.S. Masters Spring National Championships in Santa Clara, Calif.

Kirk finished in 24.97 seconds in the 25-29 age division, just off the national age-group record of 24.41 by Tanica Jamison in 2010. Kirk had an impressive weekend, placing first in the 100 individual medley, the 50 and 100 fly and third in the 50 and 100 free.

Dr. Melissa Giovanni, a CK graduate, proudly shows off the medal haul from the US Masters Spring National Championships last weekend in Santa Clara, Calif. (Contributed photo)
Dr. Melissa Giovanni, a CK graduate, proudly shows off the medal haul from the US Masters Spring National Championships last weekend in Santa Clara, Calif.
(Contributed photo)

Dr. Melissa Giovanni, a graduate of Central Kitsap and former member of Olympic Aquatic Club in Bremerton, earned six top-10 medals at the nationals during her three days of competition. Giovanni finished fourth in the 400 individual medley in 5 minutes, 12.0 seconds in the 30-34 age division. She also placed fifth in the 1,000 freestyle (11:27.21), sixth in the 200 free (2:03.24), seventh in the 50 free (25.82 seconds) and eighth in the 500 free (5:37.42). Giovanni also placed in four relays.

Also, Masters swimming clarified Nathan Adrian’s time in the 100 free on Saturday as 41.13. It’s still a national age-group record. USMS announced a timing error had recorded his time at 41.08.

One more thing, check out this great clip of Nathan talking about his 92-year-old teammate.

Kirk, Adrian continue to win at US Masters nationals

This weekend is making me a reminisce a little.

Fourteen years ago I started covering swimming on the peninsula, just about the time that the sport really started gaining ground and national recognition thanks to a handful of swimmers from Bremerton and Bainbridge.

Those swimmers included breaststroker Tara Kirk, sister and butterflyer Dana Kirk of Bremerton, Helen Silver, backstroke, and sister Emily Silver, freestyle, of Bainbridge Island and Bremerton’s Justin Adrian, fly/free and eventually his brother Nathan Adrian.

It was an exciting time as I was able to travel to California for a week where the Kirks were attending Stanford and Helen Silver was at California, and we ran that story when I came back. The following year in 2004 we went to Long Beach for the U.S. Olympic Trials and watched as both Tara and Dana made the Olympic team — the first time sisters had made the same team in USA Swimming history. The Silvers and Justin competed as well so there was a lot for one hometown reporter to cover. I distinctly remember Justin being so stoked to swim in the final of the 100 butterfly, a race won by Michael Phelps, before he officially called it the end of his career.

After the Kirks made the team it wasn’t long before I received a call from our editor at the time to let me know that the paper was going to send myself and a photographer to Athens to cover the Olympics. I’ll never forget my two weeks there as we tried to cover the world’s biggest sporting spectacle from the outside looking in. Because we didn’t have full credentials we spent a lot of time with the Kirks’ parents, Jeff and Margaret, as they toured Athens, the Acropolis and went to beach parties and such.

We did manage to find our way into one swimming event, Tara’s 100 breaststroke final, and that was thrilling.  She lead after the first 50 meters and I remember sitting in the stands, my photographer trying to shoot from the stands (yes, we weren’t supposed to) and thinking that ‘I’m watching the Olympics and our hometown swimmer is trying to win a medal.’ Surreal.

Jumping ahead to Saturday, it’s been great seeing Dana competing at the U.S. Masters Spring National Championships at Santa Clara, Calif. She gave the U.S. trials one more shot in 2012 (good for her as a back injury curtailed her career far too soon) and now that she’s coaching I’m sure it’s also been fun to get back into the competition pool.

Dana won the 100-yard individual medley in the 25-29 age category in 57.75 seconds. She also finished third in the 100 free in 52.36.

Nathan continues to be the best American sprinter. He won the 100 free in the 25-29 age category in a national age-group record of 41.08, besting the previous time of Darian Townsend’s mark of 42.13 from last Dec. Townsend finished second in Saturday’s race in 43.13. That means Nathan won by almost two seconds. Wow. The time also tied his American record.

Dana has one more race Sunday and I’ll post another update then.

Bremerton’s Adrian, Kirk win US Masters titles

Nathan Adrian was all smiles after winning the US Masters Spring National title in the 50-yard freestyle Friday in Santa Clara, Calif. (Mike Lewis, olavistaphotography.com via swimswam.com)
Nathan Adrian was all smiles after winning the US Masters Spring National title in the 50-yard freestyle Friday in Santa Clara, Calif.
(Mike Lewis, olavistaphotography.com via swimswam.com)

A week after winning two individual titles at the Arena Grand Prix meet in Mesa, Ariz., Nathan Adrian of Bremerton won the 50-meter freestyle at the U.S. Masters Spring National Championships in Santa Clara, Calif., Friday.

Adrian touched the wall in 18.78 seconds in the 25-29 category, just off the national record of 18.67 by Fred Bousquet of France in February 2010. He also helped The Olympic Club win the 200 medley relay in 1:26.71, along with Cal training partner Anthony Ervin and Andrew Saeta and Nolan Koon.

Nathan wasn’t the only Bremerton native to pick up a national title in the short-course yards meet.

Already the owner of numerous junior, national and collegiate swimming titles as well as winning the 2004 U.S. Olympic trials in the 200 butterfly, you can add U.S. Masters national champion to Dana Kirk’s resume too.

Kirk won the 100 butterfly in 54.03 in the 25-29 category. She was also third in the 50 free in 24.00. Katherine Raatz won in 23.40.

Kirk is slated to swim the 100 freestyle Saturday, as is Nathan. He is seeded first while Dana is seeded sixth.

You can also read what Swimming World Magazine had to say about the onslaught of the national record books after the first full day of competition.

Former Olympian Dana Kirk competing in Masters nationals

Bremerton native and 2004 Olympian Dana Kirk Martin is competing this week in the U.S. Masters Spring National Championships. Kirk is seeded among the top contenders in five events — 50-meter butterfly, 100 fly, 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle and 100 individual medley.

The meet is being held at the George Haines International Swim Center in Santa Clara, Calif., and began Thursday with long-distance events and continues through Sunday.

Kirk Martin is seeded first in Sunday’s 50-meter fly in 25.19 seconds in the 25-29 age division. She is seeded second in Friday’s 100 fly in 57.04; third in Friday’s 50 free in 24.89 , sixth in Saturday’s 100 free in 54.70, and fifth in the 100 IM in one minute, 2.00 seconds on Saturday.

Kirk is the aquatics director and head coach at Fremont Hills Country Club in Palo Alto, Calif., and founder/coach of South Palo Alto Swimming.

Bremerton, help out an Olympian!

All right Bremerton, it’s your turn to help out an Olympian and native.

Dana Kirk, a 2004 Olympian and Bremerton/Stanford graduate, needs your votes for her swim team, Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics-Dana Kirk Swimming (DKS) in the USA Swimming Go After Your Goals video contest. The video that receives the most votes will win $5,000.

As Dana explains in the video:

“We are a small independent team that competes within the large structure of the PASA (Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics) program. Being financially independent, and not affiliated with a country club or pool, we have to rent lane space at high rates and cannot always afford the luxury of high quality equipment.”

Here’s the link to Dana’s video. Now go vote and vote often!

Bainbridge’s Lindley finishes USMS Nationals meet

Bainbridge Aquatic Masters club swimmer Jane Lindley has completed her events at the U.S. Masters Spring National Championships in Indianapolis this weekend.

Lindley, who is competing in the 50-54 age division, finished 12th in the 50-meter backstroke in 35.55 seconds; 13th in the 50 butterfly in 35.04; and 14th in the 100 freestyle in one minute, 5.32 seconds.

She placed 11th in Sunday’s 50 freestyle in 29.48.

Bainbridge native and Olympic silver medalist Emily Silver is also at the nationals, but she’s not competing. Silver is there with swimoutlet.com and has been on hand to present gold medals, along with Olympic champion Jason Lezak, and working with USMS on video recaps of the meet. Emily is doing a good job and becoming quite a talented sideline reporter.

 

BAM’s Lindley headed to U.S. Masters nationals

First off, I’m sorry I have posted in a while, but as the high school playoffs heat up around here my time becomes very limited. I’ll do my best to be more diligent.

That said, I wanted to take a moment to write about a local masters swimmer who will be heading to the United States Masters Spring National Championships, Friday-Sunday at Indianapolis’ Natatorium — which looks a LOT like KCAC in Federal Way.

Jane Lindley
Jane Lindley

Bainbridge Aquatic Masters swimmer Jane Lindley will be competing in her second national championships.

I’ll have a story on her, her training/diet and what she hopes to accomplish at nationals in Friday’s edition, but also wanted to post her schedule here.

Lindley, who has a swim blog of her own at see-jane-swim.com, will swim in the 50-meter backstroke on Friday at 7:45 a.m. Pacific. She will compete in the 100 freestyle Saturday at 7:50 a.m. and the 50 butterfly at 8:50 a.m. and finish her individual events in the 50 free on Sunday at 11:10 a.m.

She is joined by 35 other Puget Sound masters swimmers and will swim in relays as well.

The usms.org website will be livestreaming the meet, so you can watch Lindley at the times listed above.