Recreation Briefs, Aug. 28: Beaufort, Bluffton masters swimmers set state marks

sports@islandpacket.comAugust 28, 2013 


Swimmers from Beaufort and Bluffton competed in a long course masters meet Aug. 17-18 in Duncan.

The meet, held in a 50-meter pool, was won by the host Greenville Splash. The Beaufort Masters Swim Team finished second and the Palmetto Masters, of Charleston, were third. Eighteen teams -- 113 swimmers -- from South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia competed in the meet.

Scott Graber of Beaufort Masters set a state record in the 1500 meters with a time of 26 minutes, 29.16 seconds, more than a minute faster than the previous record.

The team of Graber, David Jennings, Dan Ahern and Pete Palmer set state records in the medley relay (3:12.36) and freestyle relay (2:46.41).

Beaufort's Ashton Wheeler, Amanda Babbitt and Heidi Taylor were high point winners for their age divisions, and Louis Ackerman and Palmer tied for the high point award in their age group.

Bluffton's Barbara Eisele set a pair of state records, in the 50 and 100 breaststroke, and was the high point winner in her division.


Former New York Giants assistant general manager Richard Donohue will be the guest speaker for the next monthly meeting of the Athletic Club of the Lowcountry on Monday, Sept. 9.

Before working for the Giants, Donohue spent many years coaching at the high school and college levels, including stops at Michigan State, Columbia University, the Merchant Marine Academy and CW Post.

The meeting, at the Lord of Life Lutheran Church on Buckwalter Parkway in Bluffton, will begin at 6:15 p.m. with complimentary refreshments. The general meeting and guest speaker will follow at 7 p.m.

There will be no guest fee for this meeting. Anyone joining the club in September will get the rest of 2013 and all of 2014 for the yearly rate of $30.

For more information, call 843-540-7159.

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