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Swimming and the search for the ring

By From page B1 | July 08, 2014

Davis Aquatic Masters hosted the 2014 open water U.S. Masters national championships June 7 at Lake Berryessa, attracting about 460 competitors.

For me personally, not a good day. Midway through the one-mile swim I looked down to see my wedding ring floating lazily toward the bottom of the lake.

My late snatch missed. Moreover, I finished the swim in more than an hour, and I didn’t even finish last, which is a cherished tradition. Connie Loosli of Walnut Creek Masters had that honor, plus my wife is mad at me.

It was a perfect day for the swim, and many Davis swimmers won their races: Anthony Cannata, Sofia Dolan, Daniel Alvarez, Ben Culberson, Kimberly Elsbach and Susan Munn.

Other Davis swimmers who placed were Olivia Harris, Kaitlin Desantis, Amanda Larson, Candace Holgerson, Benjamin Schwessinger, Erin Heiser, Kevin Waterson, Linda Bertain, Jennifer Taylor, Jason Taormino, Emma Garforth, Matt Kowta, Scott Allison, Lindabeth Schmucker, John Dickey, Diana Davis, Will Davies, Andrew MacPherson, Leslie Westergaard, David Gilmer, Marilyn Underwood, Rik Keller, Selby Anderson, Jack Johnson, Abigail Dahlseng, Ruiqian Sun, Zachary Dahlsend, Alexandra Lee, Lindsey Curley, Amy Rand, Sarah Benjaram, Erin Roscoe, Ann Willis, Sarah Strauss, Jonathan Howard, Paul Philley, Maarten Geerts, Barbara Miltner, Lucretia Ceruti, Karen Charney, Melissa Collier, Tracy Harris, Peter Fuszard, Lynda Yancher, Alan Rowland, Joseph Otto, Scott Wieking, Douglas Taylor, Lyra Halprin, Alan Hirsch and Lynn Narlesky.

Pacific Masters Long Course: On the weekend of June 21, 10 DAM swimmers traveled to San Mateo and took seventh place in the medium-sized team division. Scoring 351 points (without any relays), DAM swimmers also set 21 new team records. Leading the tally with four records was Susan Munn (76 points).

She was followed by five teammates who each set three: Robert Norris (76 points), Cecily Sprouse (58), Mary Kahn (55), Jane Russell (51) and Jennifer Phalen (50). John Thayer (62) and Matt Roper (33) each set one record. Munn (59) and Roper (58) were high-point winners in their age groups, while husband and wife Robert (50) and Roswita (42) Norris were second and third, respectively, in their age groups.

In case you thought a 50-meter pool was a luxury we can’t afford: Think again. For many years, the local pools have gone without routine maintenance and the City Council and staff recognize that significant renovations are necessary. Renovating Civic and Community pools would cost $7 million. By comparison, replacing Community Pool with a 50-meter pool would cost $10 million. While the 50-meter pool costs more, it ultimately has lower net operating costs and has the significant advantage that the city can close Civic.

Our new City Council is considering whether to include the pool in a vote on a parcel tax at some election in the future.

Approximately 5,000 families use Davis pools during the summer. Of those users, approximately 2,000 participate in organized groups, including Davis Aquatic Masters, Davis Aquadarts, Davis AquaStarz and Davis Water Polo Club, along with the Davis High swim and water polo teams. Davis elementary schools also use the aquatic facilities for water safety instruction.

Of Davis’ four public pools — Civic, Community, Arroyo and Manor — only Civic and Community pools are centrally located and capable of operating year-round, limiting capacity and opportunities for existing user groups. For example, the heater at Arroyo Pool cannot maintain adequate water temperatures in the winter if the pool is uncovered for more than a few hours a day.

Jonathon Howard, a member of the DAM board, put together some persuasive arguments, which were published in last Wednesday’s Enterprise. Revenue from major events hosted at the proposed 50-meter complex would benefit the general Davis community. Events held in the city of Roseville’s competition pool resulted in community revenues of over $700,000 in 2007 and over $1.4 million in 2013.

A telephone survey conducted during development of the 2012 Davis Master Parks Plan asked Davis residents to rank six facility types in order of importance. Pools ranked fifth behind neighborhood parks, walking and hiking trails, greenbelts and open space, but were the highest-ranked facilities that can be supported by user fees.

With this in mind, the city’s swimmers and water polo players will be mounting a massive campaign.

End-of-summer splash: On Saturday, Aug. 9, a DAM-hosted long course meet at Schaal Aquatic Center on the UCD campus begins the day, which ends with the DAM 40th Anniversary Celebration Luau. The meet is a team fundraiser and information about both events can be found at www.damfast.org.

Sponsorships for the meet are available as, for $175, you can sponsor lanes 4 or 5, and for $150 any of the other six lanes. All lane sponsors will have a banner displayed over their lane throughout the meet. Or for $30, you can sponsor one of the 24 events in the meet and have your name listed in the meet program. Email Sharon Blaha at [email protected] to reserve your lane and event. For cheapskates, there will be a $15 W-shirt.

Long-course practices have begun at Schaal and run through Aug. 7. Parking is free after 5 p.m. The DAM practices are Tuesday and Thursday only from 6 to 7 a.m. and two more hourlong workouts are at 6:15 and 7:15 p.m. The morning session replaces the Arroyo practices on those days. The evening practices replace the sessions at Civic on those days.

More partying: DAM’s Summer BBQ and Potluck will be held at Central Park on Saturday, July 19. This is not the same as the 40th Anniversary (see above).

Masters Water Polo: Masters water polo players have been showing up in droves as two recent events at Schaal saw three teams playing with two subs each. I’m not complaining, but when this happens each player gets less playing time. What we need is four teams, so we can have two games going at once.

Our numbers have been bolstered and level of play raised by players from the UC Davis men’s polo club and from the women’s, and sometimes, the men’s varsity teams.

The current summer session will run through July 28, with practices at 7:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. The fall session will begin the first week in September.

My plan is to get the new mayor and mayor pro tem in the water so we can talk 50-meter pool.

— Mark Braly usually can be found in an area pool. For more information on DAM or water polo, visit www.damfast.org and https://www.facebook.com/groups/221363147990681.

Mark Braly

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