Tuesday, September 29, 2009

TVM's Bracken and Sullivan rock San Mateo

With only two swimmers representing Tri Valley Masters at the San Mateo Master Marlins Swim & Eat Classic, Sept. 20, 2009, Tri Valley Masters placed 8th out of 20 teams competing. The meet and post-race BBQ, which was held in the relaxed environment of a short-course-meters pool in San Mateo, Calif., featured sprint races and relays.

Of the 47 points scored by Tri Valley Masters, Judy Bracken earned 27 for her four, First-Place swims in the 50 Fly, 50 Free, 50 Back and 100 IM. Cameron Sullivan contributed the remaining 19 points from her four races, the 50 Breast (1st), 50 Free (2nd), 100 IM (3rd) and 50 Back (4th).

Bracken and Sullivan considered swimming one of the relay events but feared meet disqualification for blatant disregard of the rules. Swimming more than one leg of a four-leg relay is prohibited by United States Masters Swimming and FINA rules.

Bracken provided some sound advice for her teammate, Sullivan, a distance swimmer who watched in awe as Bracken demonstrated how to sprint.

“Your freestyle looks really pretty,” Bracken said after one of Sullivan’s races, “but your arms just don’t move very fast.”

Sullivan, who only enjoys sprints after warming up in mile-long races, laughed. “I think I’ve heard that from Coach Daniel once or twice,” she said.

“Oh, well. I guess you’re just not a sprinter,” replied Bracken, who earlier lapped Sullivan in the 50 Fly. “But it’s always good to try new things!”

Sullivan agreed. Setting limits, athletically speaking, is for wimps.

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