Swim­mers Gather For Sec­ond An­nual Mas­ters Event

The Oakdale Leader - - SPORTS - By DEN­NIS D. CRUZ dcruz@oak­dale­leader.com

Satur­day, July 21 the Oak­dale Aquatic Mas­ters held its sec­ond an­nual Oak­dale In­vi­ta­tional Swim Meet. This event, and pro­gram, proves that age is “just a num­ber.”

Swim­mers spanned seven decades and teams from Sonora, Man­teca, Modesto, Tracy and Fre­mont par­tic­i­pated in the meet that was hosted at Oak­dale High School.

“The youngest par­tic­i­pant was 20 years old while the old­est was 81 from Sonora,” said Oak­dale Aquatic Mas­ters Coach Ed Mageean. “For some of the swim­mers, this is their first meet, even though they are well into their six­ties. Oth­ers were more ex­pe­ri­enced. They had ei­ther swam in high school or col­lege. How­ever, it has been a few years since they have reg­u­larly com­peted.”

Mageean swam and took first place in the Men’s 4549 200 yard but­ter­fly.

One of Oak­dale’s stand­outs was Jon Sat­ter­field. He com­petes in the Men’s 6064 divi­sion. The 60-year-old placed first in the 500 yard freestyle, 100 yard freestyle and 200 yard freestyle. In April Sat­ter­field placed tenth in the na­tion in the one mile swim at the US Mas­ters Na­tional Cham­pi­onship in In­di­anapo­lis, In­di­ana.

John Lane, 55, of Oak­dale also had an im­pres­sive day in the pool. Lane com­peted in four events and earned three first place fin­ishes. He com­petes in the Men’s 55-59 divi­sion and placed first in the 100 yard IM, 50 yard breast­stroke and the 100 yard freestyle. Lane also took sec­ond place in the 50 yard freestyle.

Ray Jack­son, 61, placed first in the Men’s 60-64 50 yard freestyle and placed sec­ond in the 50 yard back­stroke event and sec­ond in the 100 yard freestyle.

Emily Bas­night, 22, placed first in the Women’s 18-24 200 yard back­stroke, 200 yard freestyle and the 100 yard back­stroke.

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Sh­eryl Parola of Sonora dove right into ac­tion on Satur­day morn­ing at the Mas­ters Swim Meet in Oak­dale.

DEN­NIS D. CRUZ/THE LEADER

Ray Jack­son swam in mul­ti­ple events in­clud­ing the 50 yard breast­stroke dur­ing the Mas­ters com­pe­ti­tion on Satur­day.

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