From left to right, Ginder, Geissinger, deHart, and Mierzwa pose with their first place trophy after the Colonies Zone 2011 Swim Meet awards ceremony held at George Mason University on April 17, 2011.

Stonewall Masters Make a Splash at Zones
By Traci Mierzwa
The Stonewall Masters, a local club affiliated with U.S. Masters Swimming, won the First Place Trophy for the Small Team Division at the Colonies Zone 2011 Swim Meet. The meet was held at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, on April 15-17, 2011.

Stonewall Masters teammates Pieter deHart, John Geissinger, Mike Ginder and Hank Mierzwa accumulated 298 points from 28 individual events and five relays, putting them over 40 points ahead of the second place team and beating out 52 other teams. They took 17 first place finishes out of the 33 events entered. Each member represented different age groups: Geissinger competed in the 18-24 group, taking six first place finishes; Ginder competed in the 25-29 group, taking two first place finishes; deHart competed in the 30-34 group, taking two first place finishes in the largest competitive age group; and Mierzwa competed in the 60-64 group, taking three first place finishes. The Stonewall Masters also took four first place finishes in the five relays they entered.

The Colonies Zone Swim Meet includes swimmers primarily from East Coast states from Maine through North Carolina and as far away as Hawaii. The 2011 meet was the second largest in history with 60 teams, 53 of which were Small Team Division teams, which was the largest competitive division.

The Stonewall Masters Club was organized in October 2010 and has participated in local, state and regional events. Locally, Pat Bradley, Pieter deHart, Hank Mierzwa and Robyn Wilhelm competed in the “Dive into Spring” meet held at the Lexington community pool in March 2011.

For more information and photos from the Zones Meet, see the Stonewall Masters Club web site at

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