Beaufort Masters make a splash, take first place

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On December 1 and 2, Beaufort Masters Swim Team beat 18 other teams in the South Carolina Masters SCM State Championship held in Columbia, with 1072 points. Grand Strand Masters from Myrtle Beach came in second with 926 and Columbia Masters came in third with 624 points.

John Youmans set nine South Carolina state records in 50, 100 and 200 freestyle; 50, 100, and 200 backstroke; and the 50, 100, and 200 breaststroke.

High point winners from Beaufort were Amanda Babbitt, Bethany Byrne, Heidi Taylor and Susan Thomas.

Other first place winners were: Stephanie Barras, Kit Bruce, Peter Wyman, Wallace Thomas, Tim Andrepont and Youmans. Other first place relay team winners were David Jennings and Dennis Glaves.

Coach Carlton Bruner was pleased by the team effort made in this tightly contested event. Bruner commented that this was a first meet ever for some swimmers and Youmans’ nine state records are a testament that you’re never to young to break records.

Everyone contributed to the team’s success, especially those swimmers who stepped up to swim off-strokes in their relays.