Mark Braly

Mark Braly: Swimming for the coffee mug

Our esteemed coach, Stu Kahn, has concocted a virtual competition among DAM swimmers to encourage participation. There is not much at stake, but a number of us were surprised to see we had accumulated points when the Grand Prix results through August were posted at civic pool. The current leaders are Jennifer Phalen with 27 […]

September 09, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Mark Braly: Team records fall at Masters meet

I thought last Saturday’s swim meet at Schaal Aquatic Center did not go well for me. I missed one of my events altogether and was late mounting the starter block for my best event, the 200 meter individual medley. So, imagine my surprise when the meet results showed me setting a team record — for […]

August 12, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Mark Braly: Manor Pool gets high marks

Sometimes it takes the eye of an outsider to appreciate what we have here in Davis. Our kids and grandkids from New Hampshire have fallen in love with Manor Pool. The Nelson family — Patrick, Jennifer, Delaney and Pearl — have tried Davis Athletic Club (now GetFit Davis) and West Sacramento Recreation Center, but their […]

July 15, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Mark Braly: Roper rules Berryessa Swim

Outpacing last year’s attendance, Saturday’s 33rd edition of Davis Aquatic Masters’ nationally known open-water swim competition at Lake Berryessa couldn’t have had better weather. Matt Roper, 34, can rightfully claim the title as DAM’s best open-water swimmer as he was 19th overall in the two-mile swim at 44:59:55 and 16th in the one-mile swim at 23:53:05. […]

June 10, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Mark Braly: A few good men (and better women)

Only a lean, elite squad of Davis Aquatic Masters swimmers went to the U.S. Masters Swimming Nationals in San Antonio, Texas, last month, compared to the local armada that converged on Santa Clara last year. Still, led by Sarah Hernandez, the group did very well for our club. Hernandez, 30, took first in four events and […]

May 13, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Mark Braly: DAM breaks records at Pacific Short Course meet

The Davis Aquatic Masters finished fourth overall at the Pacific Masters Swimming Short Course Championships last weekend at Campolindo High School. DAM scored 1,213 points, nearly 200 more than last year’s third-place finish. Perennial champions Walnut Creek (3,657 points) took the team title ahead of runners-up University of San Francisco (3,367) and Marcia’s Enthusiastic Members of Oakland […]

April 15, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Mark Braly: DAM will fundraise for Davis pools

Ken Petruzzelli, the president of Davis Aquatic Masters, tells me that DAM has formed a fundraising committee while we are waiting to see what the city will do about improving Davis’ pool facilities “We anticipate that we may need to contribute funds, but at this time we do not know how much we would need […]

March 11, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Mark Braly: 54-year-old fossil from the ’70s found

For three years now I have done the One Hour Swim, a nationwide competition put on by U.S. Masters Swimming. In 2012, I swam 2,175 yards. Last year I clocked 2,090, and this year 2,080. You see what’s happening here. You lose yards every year from aging, you pick them up from improved technique and […]

February 11, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Mark Braly: Three DAM good swimmers

Davis Aquatic Masters head coach Stu Kahn announced the club’s swimmers of the year during the recent DAM holiday celebration at Stonegate Country Club. Sarah Bimsom took home the Lucille Barry Award as the female swimmer of the year, Robert Norris captured the Steve Carlson award for top male and the Lillian Rowen Award for senior swimmer of the […]

January 14, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Mark Braly: Yolo County water polo rivalry renewed

The success of the Davis Water Polo Club’s masters program has spawned a competitor in nearby West Sacramento. Ross Yancher, a former head coach at Davis Aquatic Masters, launched the club on Dec. 1 with a good turnout. I was there, of course. I remembered many of the players from the old program at West […]

December 10, 2014 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Mark Braly: Swimming in the dark takes discipline

What kind of people get up at 5 a.m., go jump in a swimming pool and swim hard for an hour? Masochists? Over-achievers? Masters of the universe? To find out, I got up at 5 a.m. to ask a few of them. I had not swum before dawn since the turn of the current century […]

November 12, 2014 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Mark Braly: Masters coach gets deserved award

The Davis Aquatics Masters’ glamorous assistant head coach, Mary Kahn, has been honored with the Kerry O’Brien Coaching Award. Mary is the first ever assistant coach to receive the award, which is named for the Walnut Creek Masters head coach who was renowned for his contributions at the local, regional and national levels. Kahn was selected on […]

October 07, 2014 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Mark Braly: DAM swimmers end summer in record fashion

Led by Sarah Hernandez, 30, and 60-year-old John Thayer, 15 different DAM swimmers helped set 25 new 50-meter course club records at the End-of-Summer Splash last month at Schaal Aquatic Center. Hernandez set five new benchmarks, with Thayer adding four record swims. The other swimmers to put their names in the books included first-ever record-setters Juliana Bremer, […]

September 09, 2014 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Mark Braly: Desperately trailing Susan

If I had a shred of pride left, I wouldn’t tell you about Susan Munn. Susan, 75, was named an All-American by U.S. Masters Swimming for the year 2014. I spoke with her about this honor, expecting it to be her first. No, it is her 33rd All-American patch since 1984. She surprised me again […]

August 12, 2014 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

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