2011 Summer Nationals - Recap
August 3-6, 2011
Georgia swimmers from GAJA amassed a total of 2,795.50 points to win the Regional Team
title over strong teams from Swim Kentucky Masters (528), Illinois Masters (520),
North Carolina Masters (514),etc.
Other teams from Georgia competing in the "Local Team" category also made their mark:
Stingrays Masters (29th)
Atlanta Water Jocks (49th)
Americus Albany Masters (80th)
Atlanta Rainbow Trout (80th)
Dekalb Aquatics (101st)
The star of the 2011 USMS Summer Nationals was our very own Anne Dunivin who at 95
won the hearts of everyone at the meet and brought the crowd to their feet every time
she swam - including anchoring or leading off on several relays.
Britta O'Leary sets USMS Record
Another Georgia star turned out to be Britta O'Leary who swims for the Atlanta Water Jocks, but swam for GAJA at the Summer Nationals at Auburn. Not only did Britta go 5 for 5 taking Gold in all her events; but, she also broke the USMS record in the Womens 25-29 200M Breaststroke with a 2:42.96 breaking the old record of 2:45.04.
Way to go Britta!!!!!
GAJA wins 2011 LCM National Championship Team Championship at Auburn
by Walter Leen
With 40 different GAJA swimmers winning gold medals, the GAJA team won the team championship with more than a 1000 points more than the second highest scoring team .the Sarasota Sharks which won the independent club category. GAJA had 52 relays that won medals and contributed 708 points including 10 gold medal squads.
Sabir Muhammad of Georgia, the lone DAQM.swimmer, was the fastest man in the pool winning the age 35-39 age 50 free in just under 24 seconds to break the Georgia record held by a J.Smith of SAMS.
GAJA had balance across all age groups with new young swimmers winning the Men’s 100 and Women’s 120 age free relay records and older swimmers winning five 320 age relays to establish the Georgia records in those events. The Men’s 100 relay of Kevin Cargill, Chris Dyer, Jon Gellin and Josh Smith were the fastest relays in the pool and broke the oldest (and fastest ever) Georgia Men’s relay record which was set back in June 1997. The Women’s 120 gold medal relay included Megan Harlow, Jackie Wilkes, Heidi Natkin and Susan Henson .Every GAJA women won a medal while a few men were unlucky due to untimely DQ’s.
There were bookend performances by older and younger gals as Betty Veater aged up into the 65-69 agree group and had a great meet with 5 individual event gold medals plus a relay gold while Britta O’Leary( 27 ) won 5 gold medals in heavy competition..
Meanwhile for the GAJA men, Josh Smith (24) , in his first Masters Meet, won the 50 free in just over 24 seconds and 2 other sprint gold medals while teammate Kevin Cargill ( 25) also won 3 individual sprint gold’s. Together they set the Georgia records for the fast ever Georgia LCM freestyle sprint relay. They have committed to go to NC SCY Nationals in 2012 as has Sabir as part of GAJA.
Video from Auburn
Peter McCoy: 50 Freestyle
Roderick Sewell: 50 Freestyle
Ahelee Sue Osborn, Celeste Lind, and Jennifer Almand: 200 Individual Medley
Joyce Larson: 100 Backstroke
Mark Beatty: 200 Individual Medley
Mark Rogers: 200 Backstroke
Malena Hankins: 100 Freestyle
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