Local swimmers capture high-point honors


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.

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Posted by Swimming is Life
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 12, 2011 at 11:02 am

Congratulations to everyone mentioned above, and also all those who took part in the meet. It's really awe-inspiring to watch the older swimmers still competing and doing so well.

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