…After a no-show showing at the initial open water event at Spring Lake, CALM has rebounded bigly (sorry) to amass 344 team points good for 17th place overall in team standings at this writing. Notably, Linda Williams, Deb Kory, Zach Unger and Izzy Mayer are each in the top-ten for open water points in their respective divisions with only two events to go in the season.
Berryessa—Coach Tiffany took a whol-swim trek up Bancrofte passel of CALM members to the 35th annual Lake Berryessa 1 and 2 mile swims: Linda Williams took 1st place in the 2-mile in her division, and Catherine Riley and Deb Kory each got a 2nd in theirs; Scott Adams, Sara Everitt, Zach Unger, Taylor Dibble and Hunter Conrad all completed the 2-mile; Robin McCrane did it in a wetsuit (and we don’t blame her) and got 3rd for her age-group in that category. Tanyoung Kim and Lynn Yamashita opted for the 1-mile. Oh yeah, and the redoubtable Zack Unger did both 1-mile and 2-mile—that guy’s a swimming machine!
Del Valle—There was not one, but two days of events at Lake Del Valle this
year, featuring swims from 1.2 to 5 km (why the metric system, we can only
guess—maybe ‘cause it’s Livermore?). Deb Kory and Scott Adams swam the
5 km, and Deb placed 2nd in her division; in the 2.5 km race Theresa Oehmke got a 3rd place and Jessica Ross, Kirk Johnson and Zach Unger also finished; oh, and Jerry Jimenez came away with a 1st place finish in his age group in the 1.2 km wetsuit division!
Santa Cruz—Izzy Mayer took 1st place in her division in the 2-mile Cruz
Cruise; Darika Oriordan nabbed 3rd in her wetsuit division of the 1-mile 44th annual Roughwater Swim.
Donner Lake—This 2.7-mile swim in (this year not-so) frigid alpine water drew four CALM members. Linda Williams and Katie Grue each garnered a 1st place in their respective divisions; Sara Everitt and Kathy Striebel also
Coming up—The final two events of the open water season are the Whiskeytown Lake 1 and 2 mile swims in Redding September 10 and, last—but certainly not least for CALM—the Keller Cove Point Bay Swim, featuring 1/2 mile, 1 and 2-mile options in nearby Richmond on September 23.
Trans-Tahoe Relay—CALM had two teams in the annual relay swim across beautiful Lake Tahoe: CALM, and FASTER CALM. CALM (below) finished faster than FASTER CALM. Go figure. The important thing is they both finished. The faster CALM team included Zac Unger, Deb Kory, Scott Adams, Katie Grue, Delia (Katie’s friend), and Jessica Ross; the slower FASTER CALM team (if you’re confused, so are we) included Colleen
Cleary, Michael Kellman, Steve Washburn, Conny Bluel-Gohlke, and Tanyoung Kim.
Molly Curley and Deb Kory make the post-swim trek up Bancroft
Leaving Legends—For our “country club” workout stalwarts, our month-long exile to brand spanking new “Legends” facility looks to be coming to a close soon. Spieker pool has been repaired and re-filled, and we are just waiting for the water to reach that critical balance to support human life (at least for 40+ minutes or so). It’s been interesting using the new pool, but, in the end, we think water is water and pretty much the same in any pool. Still, between CALMers using the forbidden outdoor showers, changing under
towels, and those soggy trips up and down Bancroft Ave we’ve all become “legends” in our own time.
Comings and goings
We bade assistant coach Geof Thomas a fond farewell too soon, as morning swimmers know: he’s still on deck a couple of days a week until “things” get sorted out (whenever that may be)—and we’re glad to have him!
Also returning: assistant coach Max Gonzalez, who has been covering a good number of the mid-day workouts at Legends—good to see Max back and quickly losing that office pallor he acquired while trying to work a real job.
In the gone, but not forgotten category: law school graduate George (Joerg) Bartz, off to Washington DC on a job that will forestall a return to his native Germany for a while yet. The job will eventually land him in San Francisco, however, so there’s a chance we could lure him back at least for a visit or two.
We also bid adieu to mid-day swimmer Francois Soubiran, who is returning to Lyon, France after finishing a post-doc in Earth and Planetary Science. Congrats, Francois, and au revoir!
Oh, and welcome back Jeremy Cohen, who was off in Seattle for a month grandparenting his son’s new baby girl. Didn’t swim the whole time; couldn’t stand it—had to come back.