The 75-year-old AnnLiv Bacon and another swimmer at Summer Nationals who has undergone joint replacement surgery, the 80-year-old Owen Ackerman of Illinois Masters, hope they can teach two lessons to the seven million-plus Americans who have had a joint replaced.
With three children and three grandchildren who are or were competitive swimmers, my father, 74, has spent a good part of the past 40 years going to swim lessons, practices, meets, and water polo matches. But, by his own description, he floats “like a dead body.”
Despite facing conditions that limit their training as soon as they jump into the water, Brad Jones and Janine Yoder were among the 2,000-plus people who competed in the 2017 Nationwide U.S. Masters Swimming Spring National Championship in Riverside, Calif., last weekend.
The Simon’s Rock Pace Makers Masters club put a new twist on a longstanding USMS event this winter when the club in Great Barrington, Mass., decided to raise money while doing the 2017 Speedo USMS 1-Hour ePostal National Championship.
The recent U.S. Olympic Trials included more than 40 current or former U.S. Masters Swimming members who were either competing there for the first time, or were seasoned pros at the most intense swimming competition in the United States. We spoke with four of those Masters swimmers, each who had a different perspective on competing in Omaha in June.
The day Dara Torres hit the water in her fifth Olympics, my reentry to swimming began. She swam a sub-25-second 50 freestyle while I clung to the wall like a terrified 4-year-old on the first day of lessons.
They say diplomats who serve in Kabul, Afghanistan become hunks, skunks, drunks, monks, or chunks. I was determined to become the former and not the latter, so when I heard there was a pool on our embassy compound, I made a beeline for it.
In the summer of 1977, my half-brother Henry was living in Bloomington, Ind., having moved there a couple years earlier after his parents’ divorce and our father’s marriage to my mother. I was not yet born, but would be by the end of the summer, and I imagine Henry was spending that summer like most 13-year-old boys do: mowing the lawn, swimming at pools, and talking excitedly about music and movies with our other brother, Greg.
Your teammates are your family. Our tight-knit community bonds swimmers together across miles and years. Whether you’ve hung up the suit or continue the journey, your teammates and the experiences you’ve shared will last a lifetime.