TYs!

“Thanks for organizing and being part of the swim meet.  I thought it was great!” — Heidi L, Bozeman

“Thank you so very much for a wonderful weekend at the MT State Masters Swim Championships!  Your hospitality was much appreciated!  As the lone Billings swimmer, I felt included as a part of your team after Jen introduced me to so many people.  Thanks for the opportunity to swim on your relays, meet other enthusiastic swimmers, and have a fun time!!  Best of luck for the rest of the season!  Many Thanks!!”  — Jordan B, Billings

“Thanks for a great meet, folks had some great swims and a good time.” — Ellen P, Missoula

“Thanks!  I enjoyed the swim meet and the events were a good test for the Grizzly Tri.  I was hoping for faster times, but at least I now know where I’m at.  You guys did a very nice job with the event and I think everyone had a positive experience.” — Doug F, Bozeman

“Thank you for the wonderful meet you put on last weekend.  The Canyon swimmers enjoyed the meet.  I had never been to Bozeman before and was very impressed with the city, your swimming facilities and the friendliness of the Bozeman team.  Again, thank you and all the Bozeman volunteers who worked so hard.”  — Barbara J, Hamilton

“Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you for all of your massive efforts on behalf of Montana Masters swimmers.”  — Charlotte S, Helena

“Nice job with the meet.  I’d say it was more than a huge success, it was a lot of fun.  Thanks.” — Lisa M, Bozeman

Top Ten Times — 2008 Montana Masters Swimming Championships

Below is a preliminary and unofficial listing of twenty possible 2008 USMS National Top Ten times, established at the 2008 Montana Masters Swimming Championships.   That’s twenty very fast times, for five very fast swimmers!  They are — Brian Christiansen (1 event), Lee Cook (3), Molly Hayes (2), Barbara Jackson (4), and Charlotte Sanddal (10).   

Each year, United States Masters Swimming publishes a list of the Top Ten times that have been swum in every event for each age group.  This list includes relays and long distance national championships.  These times can be found by clicking here — http://www.usms.org/comp/tt/.

Swimmers or relay teams that post the fastest time for an event in their age group achieve USMS All American status for that year.  Jim Dugan of BOZE is a current 2007 USMS Long Distance All American, having won the USMS 10K National Championship in Huntington Bay, NY last summer.

At the 2008 Montana Masters Swimming Championships, Charlotte Sanddal of Helena, eighty-six years young, not only set ten new state records for each one of her swims, it’s likely that all ten of her times will qualify as a 2008 USMS National Top Ten times, too.   Congratulations Charlotte!

Barbara Jackson of Hamilton, our resident 1948 Olympian, established four possible Top Ten times in the nation at the Championships.  Barbara was a 2006 USMS All American for her 50 LCM Backstroke time of 51.51 in the 75-79 Women’s age group.  If you don’t know about Barbara, you can learn more about her here —  http://www.usms.org/hist/sto/?ID=259.

Again, at this time, these unofficial times are only viable candidates for top ten times in the nation for 2008.  For short course yard times, the submission deadline is June 30, 2008.  Natasha Westphal, Montana Masters Record Keeper and Top Ten Chair, will review the Championships results and make the official submission to USMS.  USMS will review the time submissions and publish the official Top Ten times in August.

Congrats to Brian, Lee, Molly, Barbara, and Charlotte!  You’re in the hunt.

Last Name

First Name

Age

Club

Event

Time

Christiansen

Brian

18-24

Bozeman

400 IM

4:54.00

Cook

Lee

25-29

Bozeman

100 Brst

1:11.82

Cook

Lee

25-29

Bozeman

200 Brst

2:36.73

Cook

Lee

25-29

Bozeman

50 Breast

32.94

Hayes

Molly

75-79

Bozeman

50 Free

44.18

Hayes

Molly

75-79

Bozeman

50 Back

54.89

Jackson

Barbara

75-79

Hamilton

100 IM

1:58.97

Jackson

Barbara

75-79

Hamilton

200 Back

3:56.67

Jackson

Barbara

75-79

Hamilton

50 Back

47.33

Jackson

Barbara

75-79

Hamilton

100 Back

1:43.71

Sanddal

Charlotte

85-89

Helena

200 Free

5:52.13

Sanddal

Charlotte

85-89

Helena

100 Brst

3:34.74

Sanddal

Charlotte

85-89

Helena

200 Back

6:25.64

Sanddal

Charlotte

85-89

Helena

50 Free

1:15.88

Sanddal

Charlotte

85-89

Helena

100 IM

3:12.52

Sanddal

Charlotte

85-89

Helena

200 Brst

7:15.62

Sanddal

Charlotte

85-89

Helena

100 Free

2:41.31

Sanddal

Charlotte

85-89

Helena

50 Back

1:18.37

Sanddal

Charlotte

85-89

Helena

100 Back

3:06.57

Sanddal

Charlotte

85-89

Helena

50 Breast

1:35.93

State Records — 2008 Montana Masters Swimming Championships

Here’s a preliminary and unofficial listing of state records set at the 2008 Montana Masters Swimming Championships.  Thirty-nine total records, thirty-seven for the gals and inexplicably only two for the guys.  Charlotte Sanddal of Helena, eighty-six years young, set ten state records, one for each of her ten events!  Ann Gilbert of Helena set five!

Last Name

First Name

Age

Club

Event

Time

Ackley

Ella

65-69

Troy

200 Free

3:21.50

Ackley

Ella

65-69

Troy

100 Free

1:29.66

Ackley

Ella

65-69

Troy

50 Breast

55.81

Cook

Lee

25-29

Bozeman

100 Brst

1:11.82

Cook

Lee

25-29

Bozeman

200 Brst

2:36.73

Cook

Lee

25-29

Bozeman

50 Breast

32.94

DeLuca

Denise

45-49

Bozeman

1650 Free

21:56.98

Gilbert

Ann

50-54

Helena

200 Free

2:33.80

Gilbert

Ann

50-54

Helena

1000 Free

14:28.15

Gilbert

Ann

50-54

Helena

500 Free

6:56.62

Gilbert

Ann

50-54

Helena

100 Free

1:13.61

Gilbert

Ann

50-54

Helena

100 Back

1:28.56

Gilje

Elizabeth

25-29

Bozeman

1000 Free

12:49.94

Hayes

Molly

75-79

Bozeman

1650 Free

49:27.00

Hill

Tyler

50-54

Bozeman

200 IM

2:26.45

Jackson

Barbara

75-79

Hamilton

100 IM

1:58.97

Jourdonnais

Craig

45-49

Bozeman

50 Back

29.10

Lambertz

Gloria

55-59

Helena

500 Free

8:11.56

Lambertz

Gloria

55-59

Helena

200 Brst

3:52.12

Longhart

Karen

45-49

Kalispell

400 IM

5:42.01

Longhart

Karen

45-49

Kalispell

1000 Free

12:45.15

Longhart

Karen

45-49

Kalispell

200 Brst

3:00.42

Longhart

Karen

45-49

Kalispell

200 Fly

2:41.75

Sanddal

Charlotte

85-89

Helena

200 Free

5:52.13

Sanddal

Charlotte

85-89

Helena

100 Brst

3:34.74

Sanddal

Charlotte

85-89

Helena

200 Back

6:25.64

Sanddal

Charlotte

85-89

Helena

50 Free

1:15.88

Sanddal

Charlotte

85-89

Helena

100 IM

3:12.52

Sanddal

Charlotte

85-89

Helena

200 Brst

7:15.62

Sanddal

Charlotte

85-89

Helena

100 Free

2:41.31

Sanddal

Charlotte

85-89

Helena

50 Back

1:18.37

Sanddal

Charlotte

85-89

Helena

100 Back

3:06.57

Sanddal

Charlotte

85-89

Helena

50 Breast

1:35.93

Scala

Nichole

30-34

Bozeman

500 Free

6:26.39

Stringer

Peggy

55-59

Helena

200 Free

3:01.46

Stringer

Peggy

55-59

Helena

50 Free

34.74

Stringer

Peggy

55-59

Helena

100 Free

1:19.21

Stringer

Peggy

55-59

Helena

200 IM

3:38.06

Weese

Kristen

40-44

Hamilton

100 Fly

1:18.21

BOZE Individual Rankings — 2008 Montana Masters Swimming Championships

Here are the individual Bozeman Masters Swim Club rankings for the 2008 Montana Masters Swimming Championships.  Swimmers could swim a maximum of five individual events per day, or ten total individual events for the entire 2-day Championships.  Points were awarded 7-5-4-3-2-1 for first through sixth places respectively for each event, per age group.  The maximum number of individual points possible was 70.  The total of all BOZE swimmer individual points, plus BOZE points for the relays, yielded the BOZE combined team score of 1803.  BOZE had 55 swimmers competing at the Championships, well over half of the Club members!  Congratulations to Dan Behr and Michael Dougherty for totally maxing out at 70 points each! 

Ranking

Name

Age

Points

1

Behr, Dan

63

70

1

Dougherty, Michael

56

70

3

Scala, Bryce

35

61

4

Jay, Zack

27

56

5

Hayes, Molly

75

55

6

Kujawa, Jamie

25

49

6

Scala, Nichole

34

49

8

Sampson, Lawrence

41

45

9

Hill, Tyler

50

42

9

Jourdonnais, Craig

48

42

9

Waring, Keith

34

42

12

Masquelier, Jennifer

30

41

13

Cook, Lee

29

40

13

Sobek, Hannah

24

40

15

DeLuca, Denise

45

38

15

Fulton, Jennifer

35

38

17

Benjamin, Greg

37

36

17

Schupbach, Jordan

19

36

19

Christiansen, Brian

21

35

19

Gilje, Elizabeth

26

35

21

Lartigue, Brad

47

33

22

Adam, Claire

30

32

23

Jones, Merry

52

31

23

Kiefer, Mike

25

31

23

Wirth, Jonathan

32

31

26

Higuera, Philip

32

30

26

Thompson, Art

50

30

28

Heiss Arms, Janet

30

29

28

Takeshita, Ryan

30

29

28

Watson, Karen

57

29

31

Dugan, Jim

44

28

31

Lasher, Heidi

36

28

33

Anderson, Emily

22

27

33

Hamley, Janice

52

27

35

Bahr, Jeffrey

20

26

35

Thornburg, Kurt

50

26

37

Mellmann, Lisa

26

24

38

Harvey, Lauren

23

22

38

Hayden, Kelly

29

22

40

Peters, Suzanna

20

21

41

Woodworth, Jen

28

18

42

Williams, Lily

22

11

43

Penniman, Bill

59

10

43

Thornburg, Karen

51

10

45

Montague, Ada

29

9

45

Robbins, Mary

58

9

47

Martin, Dan

41

8

48

Depner, Chris

24

7

48

Peters, Siobhan

48

7

50

Ernest, Greg

50

6

50

Fletcher, Doug

41

6

52

Fay, Laura

30

5

52

Heil, Dan

41

5

52

leFeber, Jeremy J

33

5

52

Purvis, Lander

29

5

Photo Array

2008 Montana Masters Swimming Championships

Photo Array Courtesy BOZE Photographer Lawrence Sampson!

Two Triathletes Team Up, Molly & Furry on the 500 Free

Two Triathletes Team Up, Molly Hayes & Furry Fulton on the 500 Free

Zack Jay Cranking to a 5:30.00 Finish in the 500 Free

Zack Jay Cranking to a Sizzling 5:30.00 Finish in the 500 Free

Lee Cook Completes the Sweep, Obliterates 3 Breaststroke State Records

Lee Cook Completes the Sweep, Obliterates 3 Breaststroke State Records

Bozeman Masters Swim Club Finishes Strong

The following article was reprinted with the permission of the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

March 31, 2008

BOZEMAN MASTERS SWIM CLUB FINISHES STRONG

By MIKE KIEFER Chronicle Sports Writer

Bozeman Masters Swim Club Finishes Strong

ERIK PETERSEN/CHRONICLE

Elizabeth Gilje swims the backstroke in the Mixed 200-yard IM Sunday afternoon during the Montana Masters Swimming Championships at Montana State University.

Michael Dougherty was not about to let fatigue get the better of bragging rights in the waning hours of the Montana Masters short-course swimming championship on Sunday.

“I’m doing this for the high points,” Michael Dougherty said before the 1650-yard freestyle, his 10th event of the weekend. “I’m not going to let Dan Behr beat me.”

Dougherty finished his mile swim in a nearly empty Montana State University’s Hosaeus Pool, his legs cramping through the last 100 yards, but it didn’t matter. He’d tied Behr, who also owned his age group, with a perfect 70 points.

Suffice to say, Bozeman competed with itself for most of the weekend at the swimming championships. With its overwhelming numbers advantage, Bozeman outscored second-place Helena Masters by 1,357 points.

But that was hardly mentioned in the two-day competition, which featured 32 new state short-course records from a field of 102 swimmers.

“I think people get a little intimidated when they think about Masters,” said Helena coach Anne Gilbert. “They think it’s like the Olympics.”

But as 63-year-old Behr said, you get to swim what you want, “and then you get to have a beer afterwards.” At the awards banquet at the Garage restaurant, Behr treated all the Bozeman swimmers that met his challenge of six events entered, one of which had to feature butterfly.

Sunday’s highlights included the performance of 29-year-old Bozeman native Lee Cook, who finished with three new records in the breaststroke events. She was outdone only by 86-year-old Charlotte Sanddal of Helena who finished the weekend with six records.

Sunday finished with relays and the mile, capping the short-course season for a Bozeman team celebrating meteoric growth in addition to its back-to-back state team championships.

On the other end of the spectrum was the Prairie Masters Swim Team, which traveled half a day from Pierre, S.D., to attend an event where they would earn no points, only competitive experience.

The Bozeman and Pierre teams compared notes on the Nike Grant, a kind of start-up capital for Masters teams, which Bozeman received in 2005 and was the foundation for the last three years. The grant included a visit from Olympian Aaron Peirsol and a write-up in the national Masters magazine.

From there, Bozeman has boosted its numbers to the point that it outnumbers the combined rosters of the rest of the teams in the state.

For the Bozeman team, one season segues into the next with open-water, triathlon and long-course training beginning in the next week. The team uses most of Bozeman Swim Center’s 50-meter pool for pack swims to simulate the conditions of outdoor triathlon swimming.

This is the first year that the Bozeman club will feature its triathlon team.

Full meet results will be printed over the next two days in the Chronicle.

Mike Kiefer can be reached at mkiefer@dailychronicle.com and 582-2657.

2008 Montana Masters Swimming Championships Results!

Bozeman Masters Swim Club

Wow! What a Championships weekend! The Bozeman Masters Swim Club thanks all participants, supporters, officials, and sponsors for a wonderful event, all too numerous to mention, again. It’s late, so for brevity, below is a summary of the final team standings, a product of Nancy Halstrom’s tireless efforts. She’s resting now and deserves it.

If you click on the link below, you’ll find a .pdf file of the final results. All 49 pages. It’s complete and basically self explanatory. Individual results are first. Team standings are on the last page. The individual results for our new friends from South Dakota are marked by an “x” to denote their “exhibition” classification, as their points do not qualify for the Montana Masters Swimming Championships. Sorry! State record times are marked by an (*). On a preliminary basis, there are 37 new records for the women, and only 2 for the guys! What is up with that?

That’s all from the MSU Pool. Thanks for attending, and the Club hopes to see you at the pool again real soon. Have a great day!

Combined Team Scores
1. Bozeman Masters 1803
2. Helena Masters 446
3. Canyons A.C. of Hamilton 415
4. Missoula Masters 120
5. Great Falls Master 42
5. Billings Masters 42
5. Kalispell Masters 42
8. Troy Masters 35
9. Havre Masters 17
10. Dillon Masters 16
Women – Team Rankings
1. Bozeman Masters 816
2. Helena Masters 344
3. Canyons A.C. of Hamilton 275
4. Missoula Masters 60
5. Billings Masters 42
5. Kalispell Masters 42
7. Troy Masters 35
Men – Team Rankings
1. Bozeman Masters 925
2. Canyons A.C. of Hamilton 132
3. Helena Masters 90
4. Missoula Masters 60
5. Great Falls Master 42
6. Havre Masters 17
7. Dillon Masters 16

2008 Montana Masters Swimming Championships Final Results

For Montana Masters, It’s The Chance To Keep Swimming

The following article was reprinted with the permission of the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

March 30, 2008

FOR MONTANA MASTERS, IT’S THE CHANCE TO KEEP SWIMMING
By MIKE KIEFER Chronicle Sports Writer

 For Montana Masters, It’s The Chance To Keep Swimming

ERIK PETERSEN/CHRONICLE

Bozeman Masters swimmer Mary Robbins competes in the Mixed 200-yard Freestyle Saturday afternoon on the campus of Montana State University during the Montana Masters Swimming Championships.

Charlotte Sanddal never looks at the times. She’s just there to compete.

The 84-year-old Helena swimmer has been swimming in the state senior Olympics since she retired in 1993, but she rarely has a seed time. She has swum with the Masters swim clubs in Bozeman – where she likes the 50-meter pool – and Helena, where she lives.

Everyone who sees her stroke calls it graceful. The beauty transcended pure aesthetics at the short-course Masters swimming state championship on Saturday. The format guaranteed that Sanddal, the only swimmer in her age group, scored the most points of the day.

This Masters state champion sells that line about “just being happy to be here.”

“It’s just to be able to do it,” she said.

You don’t have to drive 680 miles to enjoy competition, but it seemed Saturday that if you had, it was all the sweeter. Jeff and Jenny Hodges put in 12 hours in the car along with six swimmers from Pierre, S.D., to attend the event, which they heard about almost by accident.

“It was in our junk e-mail box,” Jeff Hodges said. “I never thought that I’d swim competitively after college.”

That is not to say you need to leave college to swim with the Masters.

Between winning the 400-yard individual medley and the 50-yard butterfly, 21-year-old Brian Christiansen had to run back to check on a film class assignment that he had spent most of Friday night building. He was looking a little haggard after the race.

“It kind of hurt,” Christiansen said about the 400. “It used to be one of my favorite events, but I haven’t been training a lot. This year, I just wasn’t doing a lot of skiing and I had to do something than school.”

Christiansen hardly minds being one of the few 20-somethings on a club that has traditionally trended toward those in their 30s and 40s.

“I had to come and swim with my Masters teammates,” said Christiansen, who grew up swimming with a club and high school teams in Salt Lake City, which he called considerably less easy-going. “It’s so fun with the Masters. Everyone’s so happy.”

Last year, Bozeman played host to this event default, when a boiler at the Carroll College pool “blew up,” nearly forcing the meet’s cancellation.

“I was ready to do it,” Helena Masters coach Anne Gilbert said. “I’m a triathlete, so if I can’t swim, I’ll go for a bike ride. But the people down here in Bozeman were like ‘what?’ It’s a great club here.”

Hamilton’s newly formed Canyons A.C. club brought 19 swimmers who have trained in a pool with only three lanes, where there are no starting blocks and no diving allowed.

The Canyons swimmers range of experience runs from swimmers who couldn’t finish a lap just months to Beth Fischer, who swam for the University of Colorado, graduating in 1983.

Fischer says she has to avoid comparing her times today with those of her college years, but she says it’s nice to have what she calls “restart value.”

Many of the swimmers competing Saturday have their eye on open-water swimming and the triathlon season, fast approaching with the Grizzly sprint-distance triathlon in Missoula just weeks away.

That’s why many well-known names n Matt Guzik, the Wirth brothers, Molly Hayes n were getting a good baseline for their swim leg.

“It’s the most technical leg,” Gruzik said.

Whether swimming competitively for the first time or trying to regain some competitive zest from past lives, the Masters swim championships were mostly about good spirit.

“People here are just exceptional,” Sanddal said. “They’re friendly. It’s still a competition but they do it in such a positive way.”

Mike Kiefer is at mkiefer@dailychronicle.com and at 582-2657.