Palo Alto’s Rinconada Masters swimming team is hosting their annual Spring Short Course Meet on Saturday, March. (Short Course refers to the 25-yard length of the pool.) This meet is sanctioned by Pacific Masters Swimming Inc. for U.S. Masters Swimming Inc.
Most of the meet comprises 50-400 yard events (separately for men and women) that include freestyle (crawl), breaststroke, backstroke, butterfly, or individual medley of those four strokes. In addition the meet opens with a 1000-yard event for each of women and men, followed by a 200-yard mixed men and women freestyle relay. And the last event is a challenging 1650-yard butterfly that honors one of Rinconada Masters’ champions, Aldo Da Rosa, who broke more than 80 world, national, and regional records after turning 80 and is a member of the International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame.
The six fastest swimmers in each event and each age group receive ribbons. And there are two special Memorial Awards, the Women’s 80-84 Bernice Silber Award for the 100-yard backstroke and the 90-94 Ellen Tait Award for the 50-yard freestyle.
Masters swimming is adult swimming, for a broad range of abilities, competitive or not. Swimming is one of the best sports for fitness, and a great way to feel good and look good, all the time. Members of the Rinconada Masters are in their 20s to their 90s who demonstrate that swimming is a terrific way to maintain physical fitness and mental discipline throughout your life.
Photos credit George Young