USMS SCM Nationals - May 14


May 10, 2014: Farol Tomson and John Von Ashen swam outstanding times at Short Course Nationals in Santa Clara. Both swimmers dropped significant time in their events. GERM finished tied for 187th out of all the clubs scoring points. Former GERM swimmer Brian Sepanik also participated for Walnut Creek.

From Farol Thompson:

This was my 8th USMS Short Course Nationals and my third time swimming at the Santa Clara facility.  I swam 6 events and made best times for the year in the 50 free, 50 fly and 100 fly including overall best times in 200 and 400 IM and 200 fly.  I placed 9th in the 400 IM and scored 2 points for Germantown Masters.   The weather was warm the first day but on Saturday and Sunday the wind picked up and sitting in the shade was chilly.  The water temperature was cool but still warmer than the pool temperature at GISC for the last month.   

This was John's first nationals meet. Having only learned how to swim for the first time in August 2013, he has swam in 5 meets before Nationals and got best times on both the 50 free and 50 back at nationals.  John's favorite stroke is the back stroke though he looks forward to learning fly and breast. When asked what he liked most and least about swimming at nationals he said, "swimming with some of the fastest people in the nation was really cool but a little intimidating especially when I found out that heats were divided by age and not by times. Everyone was very encouraging though. I'm proud to be a part of something where all levels of experience are welcome."



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