Maryland Masters earn 3rd national 'Y' title in row

May 04, 1994|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

The Maryland Masters swim team, representing the Severna Park YMCA, recently won its third straight YMCA Masters National Championship at a four-day meet in Indianapolis.

More than 675 swimmers from 125 teams around the country competed in the event, with the host Jordan YMCA team having the highest number of swimmers, 91.

Severna Park, which was represented by 64 swimmers ranging in age from 20 to 81, won the combined team competition with 2,346 points, more than enough to hold off Jordan (1,970), Cleveland (1,261) and Plymouth, Mich. (1,199).

Severna Park also took the women's title by edging runner-up Jordan, 1,257-965. Plymouth took third among the women's teams with 455, followed by the Cumberland YMCA with 410.

Jordan won the men's competition with 1,029 1/2 points, but not far behind was a much-smaller Severna Park contingent with 895 points.

"I just can't believe we did it," said Severna Park eight-year coach Nancy Brown. "I've never seen my people swim the way they did out there. They swam out of their bathing suits."

Not literally.

Severna Park's oldest member, Ray Edelhoff, 81, set a YMCA national record in the 50-yard breaststroke (52.52 seconds).

Severn resident Dave Fuller, competing in the 45-49 age group, took third in the pentathlon, which includes 50 freestyle, 50 backstroke, 50 breast, 50 butterfly and 100 individual medley.

Sue Jones of Pasadena, who attended the meet with her husband, Steve Jones, her brother, Kevin Brennan, and her mother, Marian Brennan, set a "Y" national record in the 200 backstroke (2:12.24).

Katherine Branch set a United States Masters Swimming national record and a YMCA national record in the 200 backstroke (2:14.32) and a "Y" national record in the 100 backstroke (1:03.58).

Peter Oroszlan, competing in the 50-54 bracket, claimed three "Y" national records in the 200, 100 and 50 breaststroke.

Tim Verdin, competing in the 30-34 age group, set a "Y" national standard in the 200 individual medley (1:56.66).

"This is an awesome group to work with because everyone is always supporting each other," said Brown. "We're like a little close-knit family."

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