2005 USMS Long Course Meters National Championships
A Tough Act To Follow
by Marcia Anziano
Colorado Masters headed to Mission Viejo for the Long Course Nationals with 19 swimmers and a new banner knowing that after Short Course, they had a Tough Act to Follow. With every swimmer contributing by scoring points, the team was led by National Championship swims for swimmers Rich Abrahams, Kathy Garnier, Ruth Hertzberg, John Hughes, and Bob Patten. Along the way, Rich snagged 4 world records in the 50 and 100 free and the 50 and 100 fly. There were 141 teams in the meet, and with the new format of all teams in one division, our women finished in 7th place with the combined team finished 8th overall.
With thanks to Mel Dyck, we had several relays this year. In the past, Colorado has not worked to put relays together for Long Course Nationals, with the exception of a very few. However, Mel was very creative and managed 10 relays, most all of which finished in the point standings. The ability to form relays and use them to score points helps immensely toward the final placement.
We saw some new swimmers join many of the old regulars. Matthew Abrahams swam relays with his dad, Rich, which was a special treat. Jane Oberg swam with Colorado for the first time in many years. We saw some other former swimmers return with the likes of Jeff Barber and Morgan Edwards, and we made a new friend in swimmer Amy Webb from Boulder. And of course we had our core of regulars with Will Amos, Marcia Anziano, Mel and Grace Dyck, Tiffany Forbes, Manu Ghaffari, Heather Hagadorn, Cindy Hawkinson, and Mary Anne Nelson.
The meet was a five day format and was quite well received. It allowed for shorter days over the course of the meet and swimmers actually had an opportunity for a good nights sleep, although not all took advantage of it. We won't tell who did not. And no one will be able to guess from the great swims had by all.
So, I would say that this group has set the bar for Long Course meets in the future. Come on Colorado, let's help raise it for World Championships next year.