Friday, July 30, 1999
win record number of medals at Georgia Games
The Southside Seals Masters Swim Team won a team record of 12 medals at last week's Georgia Games. Four Seals swimmers, Steve McDonald, Kato Eiji, Steve Justice and Ken Sharpe, combined for the seven gold, three silver and two bronze medals.
The Seals were dominating in the Men's 40-44 age group. They won one out of every four medals and won five of the 14 events outright. Steve McDonald captured the bronze medals in the 50 and 100 meter breaststroke in his first Georgia Games ever. It was also the first time at the Georgia Games for Kato Eiji. Eiji won all three silver medals by placing second in 50, 100, and 200 meter freestyle events.
Steve Justice, an old hand when it comes to the Georgia games, won five more gold medals to add to his collection. Justice won the 50, 100, and 200 backstroke as well as the 100 meter breaststroke and the 200 meter freestyle. Ken Sharpe swam in the 45-49 age group and captured two gold medals in both the 50 and 100 meter freestyle.
Three of the Southside Seals have qualified for the USMS National Long Course Championships. Eiji and Sharpe achieved national time standards in the 50 meter freestyle, while Justice qualified in the 50 and 100 meter freestyles as well as the 50 meter backstroke.
The Seals are planning on hosting their end of the summer masters swim meet at the Kedron Aquatic Center on Aug. 28 at 9 a.m. The Seals are a member club of United States Masters Swimming and is open to all adults over the age of 19. Practices are held at the Aquatic Center on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays at 7 p.m.