Mar 222017

Our Swymnuts are off to a great start in competition for 2017. We’ve already had our swimmers at several meets so far and they are looking good!

Santa Rosa Meet

On January 21st we had 6 Swymnuts compete in the Santa Rosa meet and they even did a relay together! Hiroe Bell, Diana Peroni, Mimi Willard, Tyler Hummel, Jane Mothersill and Anice Flesh were our NUT competitors at Santa Rosa. The first meet of the year is always the tough one as you are trying to reawaken the “competitor gene” and shake off racing cobwebs. These NUTS were terrific! Jane and Anice both moved into new age groups, and both set new team records in all their swims. Tyler smashed his 100 free team record and got a best in his 50 free in an individual event. He also established a new lifetime best in his 100 IM. Diana Peroni set a new lifetime best and team record in the 200 free and was solid in her 50 fly and 200 IM. Hiroe raced with very good times in all her events and Mimi tackled the tough 200 events (especially tough at that meet with not much rest). Super proud of you all gang – great job! Full meet results are here.

TOC Mile (1500)

Also in January was the 1500 race that is held by The Olympic Club held on Jan 28th. This is the only event of that meet and the meet is held in a 25m length pool. Diana Peroni and Mimi Willard swam the mile and both did very well with Diana breaking a team record and lifetime best time. Sweet! Full meet results here.

USF Meet

The USF meet was February 4th and 4 lady Swymnuts came and left their mark! Brand new to our team (and I think to Masters competition) was Susan Santiago in the 65-69 age group. Seems we’ve found another fast backstroker on our team! She swam the 50 and 100 back, the 50 free and the 100 free, setting team records in all four swims. After doing an individual 50 back with a time of 44.35, she led off our 200 medley relay with a stunning 43.15 which broke her own brand new team record. 🙂 Mimi Willard, Jane Mothersill and Diana Peroni followed her with great swims in that relay and the ladies set a new team record for the relay. Jane and Mimi are now in the same age group so they not only practice together, but compete together. Jane set new personal bests in all her swims with the move to the new age group. Looks like we are going to have a good 60+ relay possibility – just have to get one more of our other ladies to come out (Susie Powell??, Mary Piel??, anyone else??). Full meet results here.

Richmond Splash & Dash Meet

Also held in February on Feb 11th was a new sprint meet in Richmond. The “Splash & Dash” meet was attended by Anice Flesh, Hiroe Bell and Jane Mothersill. All three swam the same five events: 50s of each stroke and 100 IM. Anice swept all 5 of her events setting new team records in each event! Hiroe and Jane were top 3 in all five of their events with Jane also nailing a new team record in the 100 IM. Nice! Full results here.

The City Mile (1650)

Mimi Willard was our lone participant at the City Mile meet on Feb 26th. She set a new personal best and national qualifying time bettering her old time by 8 seconds. Very good pacing on this race for Mimi who is now only 2 seconds away from breaking Susie’s team record! Full results here.

Rinconada Meet

Next up was our meet in Rinconada (Palo Alto) on March 11th. We had Hiroe, Mimi, Jane, Tyler, Maynard, Cassandra and Diana at this meet. It was Maynard’s first ever meet where he took a first in the Novice 50 Free division. Way to go Maynard! Here’s a picture of him with his ribbon and off the blocks (where he looked like a pro). We were blessed with great weather (not a given at this location) and had a terrific time cheering each other on. Full results here.


Let’s keep the momentum going! For upcoming meets, visit our page on competitions here.

Oct 102016

Every year Sac Masters hosts a terrific sprint meet – the Sprint Pentathlon which involves swimming a 50 of each stroke and a 100 IM. There isn’t a whole lot of rest in between. You basically race, warm down, and have about 10-15 minutes max before your next swim. But they do have a lovely hot tub right behind the starting blocks, so we hang out there to keep warm between the swims.

There were just two of us at the meet this year, but we sure had a good time and good swims! This was the debut meet for Stephen Shoup and he was terrific setting team records in two of his three swims. Way to go Stephen!


Oct 102016


We had a blast at this year’s Pacific Masters Short Course Meters Champs in Walnut Creek. The weather was hot (mid to high 80s), the water was cold and we were pretty darned good! We took a team of 10 with all 10 swimming Saturday and only 3 of us swimming Sunday. Despite a smaller turnout and only 39 races, we were stellar with the women placing 5th out of 34 teams.

Our swimmers set 20 new personal best times (the fastest swim in their current age group); 14 lifetime bests (in Masters swimming); and 17 new team records! One special note is on our Women’s 400 Free Relay where we absolutely crushed the existing team record by over 19 seconds. That relay was Chris Carrade, Cassandra Coffee, Cokie Lepinski and Margaret De Somma.

Congratulations to all our swimmers. Your hard work in the pool pays off. And thank you to all of our coaches for working with these swimmers, tweaking those strokes, pushing them on the sprints, all of it!

Our team’s individual results are here. 2016-pac-scm-champs-all-100916

Full meet results for the Championships are here.

Don’t forget to check out our photo website for the latest pics!


Sep 122016

Four Swymnuts completed the 70.3 Tri in Santa Cruz on September 11, 2016. So amazed at these athletes, their training and what they put themselves through! Congratulations to David Rosenfeld, Claudia Thompson, Jane Piombo and Ed Carr. Results will show at the bottom of this attachment below and here are a few pics from Facebook.


Ed Carr at the Santa Cruz Tri. Way to go Ed!

Ed Carr at the Santa Cruz Tri. Way to go Ed!

David Rosenfeld who finished 2nd!

David Rosenfeld who finished 2nd!

Claudia Thompson who had a very fast Tri especially that run!

Claudia Thompson who had a very fast Tri especially that run!

Jane Piombo all smiles with her 3rd place finish. Way to make the podium!

Jane Piombo all smiles with her 3rd place finish. Way to make the podium!

Sep 122016

5 Swymnuts took to the open water for the 2016 RCP Tiburon Mile. Three did it in wetsuits and two in regular suits. Congratulations to all of them for some great swims in tougher conditions this year. Apparently there was some stronger currents, a little more chop and rolling waves. Even the elites were slower this year.

Results are here:


Nicole Cibellis and Mary Sackett

Nicole Cibellis and Mary Sackett

Sep 092016

The fearsome foursome of Giovanni, Sue, Nance and Ken took on Lake Tahoe on August 29th. They all did GREAT coming in within a few minutes of each other. Way to go you crazy NUTS!

Here are their results. Hoping to get some pictures from them for this post. 🙂


Ken, Giovanni, Sue & Nance triumphant at Lake Tahoe!

Ken, Giovanni, Sue & Nance triumphant at Lake Tahoe!

Sep 092016

Claudia Hermann continued her training for her September Waikiki Roughwater swim by traveling to Manhattan to swim the Dwight Crum Pier-to-Pier swim on August 7th. This is one determined lady! Great job Claudia


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Update – The 2.4 mile 2016 Waikiki Roughwater swim of September 4th was aptly named. The island had just been hit by a hurricane and the waters were exceptionally rough this year with eddies and riptides. Claudia did start the swim and was about 1.1 miles in when she was pulled from the water. Initially very disappointed, she came to learn that about 300 others were pulled from the water because the conditions became too dangerous. So bummed that you trained for this for a year but we sure are glad you are okay. Sometimes Mother Nature is quite unkind. Despite what happened, Claudia said she learned a lot about dealing with these kinds of conditions for her time in the water on this swim. That’s the spirit Claudia!

Aug 222016
Croco & Raabe after Vineman 70_3

Chris Croco & Nancy Raabe after Vineman 70.3 2016

Jane Piombo 1st at Alcatraz Tri 2016

Jane Piombo comes out #1 at the SF Alcatraz Tri 2016!

Raabe & Piombo at Vineman 70_3

Nancy Raabe & Jane Piombo at Vineman 70.3 in 2016

Several of our team members are triathletes. To say that they inspire the rest of us “ordinary” human swimmers is an understatement. They push their bodies to the limits and even in a sprint tri they are going at it for a few hours. We’re so impressed and we want to make sure we acknowledge their efforts.

If you are a triathlete and need to tune up your swimming, you are in great hands with our coaching staff who have helped many of our swimmers significantly improve their stroke, their efficiency and their speed. We can save you a lot of energy for those bike and run legs!

Meanwhile, check out some of our swimmers and their results!

2016 Triathlon Results by Cokie Lepinski on Scribd

Aug 222016

Kudos to our Swymnuts who have made it to some swim meets this 2016 summer season.

Photo by Guy Foster

Photo by Guy Foster

Anice Flesh was the sole participant in the Wine Country Senior Games on June 18th up in Santa Rosa. How’d she do? Well, 3 for 3 in first places on her races making “National Qualifying Times” in all 3 events. Way to go Anice! Her times are here.

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Next up we had 5 Swymnuts participate in the Pac Masters Long Course Masters Championships held in San Mateo. They did pretty darned amazing! Jack Naylor swam the maximum 7 events and scored high point in his age group! Our women’s relay took second. Cool! And with a might team of 5 with most only competing on one day of this 3-day meet, they managed to get 7th out of 53 small teams. Wow! Lots of new personal bests, lifetime bests and team records by the gang. Great job team! Times and results for the swimmers are here.

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The final summer meet was the Davis Long Course Meters meet where three Swymnuts participated: Anice, Jack and Mimi. All did very well with Jack setting three more team records and improving times from the Champs meet and Anice taking first in all five of her events. She’s in a new age group and setting new team records and even a few lifetime bests.

Here is the write up on that meet.

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We eagerly await the short course meters season which starts with the Mountain View Meet September 18th!