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Swimmers Gather For Second Annual Masters Event
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Ray Jackson swam in multiple events including the 50 yard breaststroke during the Masters competition on Saturday. DENNIS D. CRUZ/THE LEADER

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 45-49 200 yard butterfly.

One of Oakdale’s standouts was Jon Satterfield. He competes in the Men’s 60-64 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.