USAFE men, women finish second in swim championships
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Aviano’s Charles Toth won gold in the 50-meter freestyle Thursday to help the USAFE men finish second in the third annual Component Command-Air North Headquarters Ramstein Swimming Championships.
Toth clocked 24.01 seconds in the sprint to bag one of three men’s gold medals won by USAFE. Patrick Schmidt and John Dayton won the 100 breaststroke and 100 butterfly, respectively, as USAFE missed tying two-time champion Germany by three points in the team race.
USAFE’s women also placed second for the second straight year. Americans striking gold were Carly Fulton, 28.04 seconds in the 50 free; Sarah Mooney, 1:12.14 in the 100 backstroke, and Susan Rietze, 2:21.85 in the 200 free.
The Royal Air Force women took the team title 51-46 after the American women were disqualified for a false start in the second changeover in the 200-meter medley relay, according to USAFE sports director Steve Lowe.