Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Now that I am ready to retire, I am rejuvenating my efforts to control my weight and my lifestyle. Thanks to Jen from The Weight is Over team, I am doing the weekly onpoints challenge to start this process. It is so nice that my SP friends are so supportive and so creative. Thank you everyone! Carol (CMY)
Monday, July 12, 2010
A Family Tradition
This weekend, Friday, July 9th through Sunday, July 11th, three generations in my family competed in the 29th Bay State Summer Games held at Harvard University in Boston. Johnathan Jones, 16, his father, Michael Yunker, 40, and me, his grandmother, Carol Yunker, 63, swam representing the Northeast division. All three of us are coached by Rick Battistini, head coach for both the New Wave Swim Club NWSC) and the Andover/North Andover YMCA Masters Swim team (ANA). The Bay State Games are an Olympic style event for boys and girls and allow Masters athletes in two sports, swimming and track and field.
Johnathan started swimming this Fall for the Haverhill High School team and joined the New Wave Swim Club this summer. Johnathan, finaled in two individual events and one relay in the Boys 16-18 division (6th, 100 LC Meters Backstroke, 1:29.85 in prelims and 1:24.15 in finals; 1st, 400 LC Meters Medley Relay, 5:00.82-Aron Reynolds, 17, 1:13.74 split in the Backstroke leg, Hemel Kothari, 16, 1:20.20 split in the Breaststroke leg, Patrick Frazer, 16, 1:12.85 in the Butterfly leg, and Johnathan Jones, 1:14.03 in the Freestyle leg; and 7th in the 200 LC Meters Backstroke, 3:05.19 in prelims and 3:03.39 in finals)
Michael started competing at the age of 6 in New Jersey and competed in the Bay State Games as a teenager and now swims for the Andover/North Andover YMCA Masters and is an assistant coach for the ANA Masters team and the New Wave Swim Club. Michael swam two individual events in the Mens 34-49 division (2nd in 200 LC Meters Individual Medley, 2:36.35 and 1st in 100 LC Meters Freestyle, 59.57). Michael's 100 Freestyle swim was one of only 7 sub-minutes swims at the meet.
Carol Yunker started competing at the age 11 in New Jersey and now swims for the Andover/North Andover YMCA Masters team. Carol competed in four individual events in the Womens 50 and Over division (1st 800 LC Meters Freestyle, 15:11.21; 3rd 100 Meters Backstroke, 1:56.17; 4th, 400 LC Meters Freestyle, 7:34.80; and 4th 200 LC Meters Backstroke)
All three family members were awarded Bay State Games jackets. These jackets are given to any athlete who places in the top four of an event. Pictured from left to right, Carol, Michael, and Johnathan, in their jackets at the completion of the 200 Individual Medley at Harvard's Blodgett Pool, Sunday evening.
About the Bay State Games (direct quote from the website www.baystategames.org)
The Massachusetts Amateur Sports Foundation (MASF), organizer of the Bay State Summer and Winter Games, provides quality Olympic-style athletic competitions and developmental programs for Massachusetts amateur athletes of all ages and abilities.
The MASF operates statewide and year-round to promote personal development, education, physical fitness, teamwork, sportsmanship and mutual respect. The MASF is a member of the National Congress of State Games, which is comprised of almost 40 states nationwide that conduct State Games events.
In 2010, the Bay State Summer Games enjoy its 29th year, while the Bay State Winter Games celebrate its 25th anniversary. From a modest beginning of four sports and 300 athletes, the Games have grown to include in excess of 8,000 athletes in 29 different sports from more than 300 Massachusetts cities and towns. Each sport is organized according to national governing body rules. Age and skill divisions have been created to allow medal opportunities for a broad range of athletes.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
I am so finished. My body is saying "Haven't you had enough yet!" but my mind says it is my life to swim! and compete! My results are:
New England LMSC Long Course Meters Championship, June 25-27, 2010, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT (Long Course Meters means the pool is 50 meters long)
Women's 60-64 age group
800 Meters Free 15:10.20 1st
1500 Meters Free 29:14.69 3rd
400 Meters Free 7:33.08 2nd
200 Meters Fly 4:27.65 1st
100 Meters Back 2:04.94 1st
50 Meters Fly 51.54 1st
100 Meters Free 1:41.15 3rd
100 Meters Fly 2:01.43 1st
200 Meters Back 4:31.58 1st
200 Meters Free 3:40.66 2nd
50 Meters Back 52.60 1st
200 Meters IM 4:11.31 2nd
I scored 96 points for second highest scoring woman (1st place was 99 point, 3rd place was 91 points). Not too bad for a 63 year-old, huh?
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