by Chris Campbell
On July 9-11, thirteen Mountain View Masters swimmers competed at the 2004 Pacific Masters Long Course Championships at UC Santa Cruz. Team MVM found itself in the unusual position of not being classified in the Small Team Division. Our first foray into the Medium Sized Team Division pitted us against teams more than twice our size. Although outgunned, Team MVM performed brilliantly, setting eighteen individual Team Records and six Team Relay Records. Paul Cousineau led the way, setting Five individual records, and contributing to four of the relay records. He won the 800 Free in his age group. Joining him as individual winners were Jennifer Farris, winner of her 50 Breast, Emeric McDonald in his 200 Free, Laura Colette, who won her 100 Fly, Kate Curry, winner of her 50 Breast, Vladimir Ivan, who won his 400 Free, and Karla Rees, who bagged both the 100 Breast and 200 Back in her age group. Additionally, the quartet of Paul Cousineau, Florent Haik, Kurt Scheinpflug and Nate Burnside won both the 200 Medley Relay and 400 Free Relay in the Men's 100-119 age group. All thirteen MVMers found their way into the team record book, with Vlad Ivan setting four new individual records. Kate Curry and Chris Campbell notched three each, and Karla Rees, Emeric McDonald and Jenn Farris set one apiece. Pitching in on the record setting relays were Griff Freeman, Kurt Scheinpflug, Florent Haik, Nate Burnside, Laura Colette and Scott Lanterman.
However, the highlight of the weekend was the selection of Alan Liu as the 2004 Pacific Masters Coach of the Year. Although Mountain View Masters won no trophy this time, coming in 6th in the Medium Team Division, and ninth in the overall team standings, our performance exemplified all that Alan stood for, every bit of passion and determination that he brought to this team during his nearly six years as Head Coach. He would have been proud.
See the results!