Cal Tech Pentathlon - By Coach Steve Hyde
The Cal Tech Pentathlon is the place to be for swimmers who feel
the need for speed. This event grows larger and faster every year
and this year was no exception. Two hundred and thirty-eight
swimmers representing thirty-two teams made the trek to Pasadena to
participate in this five event drag race.
Thirteen swimmers from SOBA were in attendance which tied us for
the fourth largest contingent at the meet. SOBA was
represented by Sydney Gitelson, Kobe Salstrom, Jeff Hart, Pat
Stalker, Sue Stohrer, Jay Hoeschler, Ricardo Monroy, Dave Neilan,
Beverly Baird, Dave Sundius, Melinda Kalin, and Marc Kelly.
The event consists of 50 Yards of each Stroke and a 100
Individual Medley. The times for all five events are added to
determine overall and age group places. SOBA was well
presented in the final medal count. Sue earned
first place in her group, Kobe was 2ndin his (18+)
Patrick and Jeff were 2ndand third respectively (25+)
and Nathan Finished 2ndin the 35+ division.
Several swimmers claimed personal bests. Dave Neilan
earned PR’s in three strokes! Sydney PRed in the 50
Free and Jeff set a new personal standard in the 50 Back. Dave
Sundius stated that he is approaching some of his high school
The meet was made little more interesting for Jeff, Patrick and
spectators by the presence of Erik Carlson, a Rose Bowl swimmer who
has already qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials in the 100 and
200 Yd. Breast stroke. The meet started off with Erik edging
Patrick in the 50 Fly 23.83 to Patrick’s 24.09. Jeff was next
to face the Olympic hopeful in the 50 back – the margin was
even smaller. Eric posted a 25.03 Jeff touched at 25.56. It
was Patrick’s turn in the 50 Breast. Carlson touched at 25.96
in his signature stroke - Patrick was second at 27.79. The
tables turned in the 50 Free Style! Patrick touched first at
21.16, Jeff was second at 21.40 and Carlson 3rdat 22.03.
In the 18 +Age Group Kobe earned 1stwith 22.4, and in
the 35+ group Nathan posted a 23.16 for 2nd(This might
explain why our 200 free relay is pretty good!) This led to a
winner take all show down in the 100 IM! Carlson took first
with a 53.7 Patrick was second at 54.95 and Jeff third at 57.31.
Now that’s racing in the animal heat!!
Sue made the outcome little more certain with first place
finishes in every event!!
For Data Freaks and swimmers who want to track their
performance, SPMA and USMS offer a fun feature. If you
click on your name in the meet roster of this or any meet that you
have participated, in a window linked to USMS records pops up. If
you click on the “USMS” profile Link or the” USMS
Result” link-your entire masters swimming history can be
The next swim meet takes place at Irvine on March 18 and the
final SCY meet of the season is at UCLA on April 1.
These two meets contain every conceivable swim event and will serve
as great opportunities to get some splashes in before the
Championship meet at Santa Clarita on April 14thand