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Mark Braly: DAM swimmers shiver in temporary digs

The venerable Civic Center Swimming Pool at City Hall has undergone a complete makeover — new plaster, new tile work and fresh, balanced chemicals. It has not looked so good since the students at old Davis High School swam there. Davis Aquatic Masters will move back Monday, Jan. 25, from Manor Pool. Manor is a terrific […]

Mark Braly: Matt Biondi shares Olympic fame with DAM

None of my heroes have been from the world of sports — until now. Matt Biondi brought 200 members of Davis Aquatic Masters to their feet after an hour-plus talk last Saturday at the organization’s annual holiday party. Biondi, the winner of 11 swimming medals in the Olympics and holder of five world records, has a warm link to […]

December 09, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Mark Braly: A staggering 3,000-yard swim

Recently I swam 3,000 yards in one hour and 39 minutes. This is nothing to brag about since an 80-year-old man in Oregon swam the same event in 42 minutes. But that much swimming is too much for me. When I stood up after leaving the pool, my legs almost buckled. Jennifer Phelan, my timer, […]

November 11, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Mark Braly: Getting by with a little help from my friends

When I noticed that I had my swim trunks on inside out, I knew it was an evil omen. What followed was my single worst day in competitive swimming — disqualified in three out of five events at the Sacramento Masters Short Course Meters meet at UC Davis’ Schaal Aquatic Center on Oct. 4. I didn’t get […]

October 14, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

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 ,

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