BEAUFORT MASTERS CLAIM SHORT COURSE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
For the 17th time, the Beaufort Masters swim team captured the South Carolina Masters Short Course Swimming Championship, winning the event held Feb. 18-20 in Mount Pleasant.
The Beaufort Masters finished well ahead of the Grand Strand Masters for the title. The Bluffton Masters took fourth in the 13-team meet.
Beaufort had two swimmers establish new individual records: Pete Palmer and JoAnn Chapman. Palmer set six records (1650 free, 28:30; 500 Free, 8:13.9; 200 Free, 3:14.8; 100 Free, 1:19.9; 200 Back, 3:22.7; 100 Individual Medley, 1:34.6) and Chapman set two (100 IM, 1:47.17; 200 IM, 3:52.4). The relay team of Palmer, John Youmans, Louis Ackerman and Phil Neubig also set two records (200 Free, 3:11.4; 200 Medley, 3:52.9).
Five Beaufort swimmers won the High Point award for their age group: Palmer, Chapman, Neubig, Katie Howell and Carlos Black.
Other Beaufort winners: Kevin Campbell, Brittany Zip, Martha O'Regan, Mark Zip, John Harris, Charles Graber, Martha Joye, Michelle Papineau, Donna Altman, Heather Gnau, Shannon Duffy, Stephen Ferry, Jim VanCleve, Robert Banfield, Dan Ahern, Dan Henry.
Beaufort swimmers on winning relay teams: Jane Frederick, Susan Thomas, Michael Hughes, Viki Hill, Dawn Frank, Wallace Thomas, Candace Fritz, Gary Ayers, Kit Bruce, Dennis Glaves, Linda Arp.
YMCA SWIM TEAM 5TH AT STATE
The YMCA of Beaufort County's Tiger Sharks swim team placed fifth among 17 teams in the South Carolina YMCA State Championship meet last weekend in Rock Hill.
Seven local swimmers placed in the top seven in their age groups, led by Tim Barras, who won the boys 7-8 division. J.P. Barras (6-and-under boys), Sadie Green (6-and-under girls) and Joseph Barras (9-10 boys) placed second. Elliot Gayken (11-12 boys) took third, and Jack Brock (6-and-under boys) and Laura Barras (13-14 girls) took seventh.
CERASPORT TO SPONSOR TRIATHLON SERIES
Hilton Head Island-based hydration drink CeraSport will be the title 2011 platinum sponsor for the Hilton Head Island Triathlon Club and the title sponsor for the organization's 2011 Club Series, according to a release from Cera Products, Inc.
The Hilton Head Island Triathlon Club started in January 2009 and has more than 75 active members representing a wide range of ages and levels from youth to seniors and beginners to elite competitors. The club donates a portion of its proceeds to local charities, including the Island Recreation Association, Boys and Girls Club and the Challenged Athletes Foundation.
The club recently announced the creation of its Club Series, which consists of nine local and regional triathlons.
CeraSport is a rice-based hydration drink. It is produced by Cera Products, Inc., which relocated its headquarters from Maryland to Hilton Head Island in 2010.