Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - July 15, 2011

Local swimmers earn high-point honors at Pacific Masters Long Course Championships

by Keith Peters

Three swimmers with local connections swam away with high-point honors in their respective divisions at the 2011 Pacific Masters Long Course Championships that wrapped up Sunday in Santa Cruz.

Stanford graduate Jody Smith of the Mountain View Masters scored 63 points in the women's 40-44 bracket to take that division. Daniela Barnea of Palo Alto won the women's 65-69 division with 63 points while Barbara Callison of Rinconada Masters took the 75-79 division with 63 points.

Smith, 42, won seven events to capture high-point honors. She won the 50 free (29.28), 100 free (1:02.61), 800 free (9:58.11), 1500 free (19:09.95), 200 back (2:35.54), 50 fly (31.16) and 200 IM (2:35.33).

Barnea, 67, also won seven events. She won the 50 back (52.62), the 50 free (48.18), 100 breast (1:43.69), 200 breast (3:38.64), 50 fly (44.91), 100 fly (1:45.05) and 200 fly (3:48.91).

Callison, 78, won the 50 breast, 100 breast, 50 fly, 100 fly, 200 free, 200 IM and 400 IM while scoring 63 points.

Stanford grad Brooke Bishop, 25, of the Olympic Club scored 36 points to finish third overall in the women's 25-29 division. Fellow Stanford grad Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy, 24, of the Olympic Club was fourth in the 24-under division with 27 points.

Jane Matena, 49, of the Menlo Masters (AKA Team Sheeper) scored 55 points to finish second in the women's 45-49 division while teammates Tasha Capen finished tied for third with 50 points with Barbara Jones tying for fourth in the 55-59 division with 36 points.

Jeannine Olson, 72, of Rinconada Masters scored 40 points for fourth place in the women's 70-74 division; Kent Stietzel, 42, of the Menlo Masters was fourth in the men's 40-44 division with 42 points; Dave Gildea, 68, tallied 48 points to finish second in the men's 65-69 division; and Barry Fassbender, 74, of Stanford Masters Swimming scored 50 points for fourth place in the men's 70-74 division. Teammate James Shaw, 70, had 48 points for fifth in the same division.

Basketball

Palo Alto resident Amanda Lovely will have something interesting to write about when she returns to Archbishop Mitty High in the fall. Lovely is among a group of approximately 20 high school players representing the United States on a basketball tour of Russia.

Lovely is joined by two of her teammates plus the Mitty head coach, and is playing a series of games against Russian teams in Moscow and St. Petersburg. The tour began July 6 and will continue through the 19th.

The event is part of an ongoing exchange program sponsored by the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Commission, which was set up to identify areas of cooperation and pursue joint projects and actions that strengthen strategic stability, international security, economic well-being, and the development of ties between the Russian and American people.

In addition to their schedule of games, the U.S. team also will participate in a number of cultural events during its two-week stay. This is the fifth such exchange under the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission.

While in Russia, the student participants will learn about Russian culture and take part in basketball clinics with local athletes. The visiting American participants will be hosted by the Russian Ministry of Sport, Tourism, and Youth Policy and the Russian Basketball Federation.

Since 2010, four groups of youth athletes have traveled between Russia and the United States, with a goal of enhancing people-to-people relations. During the initial exchange in May 2010, 24 young Russian basketball players visited the Washington, D.C. area, where they played basketball with President Obama. Since then, Russian swimmers and ice hockey players traveled to the United States, while American beach volleyball players traveled to Russia for a two-week sports exchange program.

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