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Chlorine Chronicle (Archive)

NMSC Dec/97 Newsletter

Swimbits

All those who participated in the 1994 World Masters Championships will remember the amazing swims of 100-year-old Tom Lane. The following is copied from the Nov/Dec '97 issue of SWIM Magazine (p. 9):

Tom Lane, A Legend

Tom Lane, the oldest competitor in Masters swimming history, died in August of pneumonia at the age of 103. Lane, who set 11 USMS and three world records in the 100-104 age group, is the only centenarian who has raced in USMS meets.

Lane, a native of Omaha, Neb., learned to swim at the age of 4. He swam for the University of Minnesota in 1915 and at age 100 was celebrated as the Golden Gophers' oldest living letter-winner.

As resident of San Diego, Calif., Lane was known for his avid exercise routine, which recently consisted of swimming at least 500 meters three times a week, daily walks, sit-ups, calisthenics and weight-training.

One of Lane_s lifetime dreams, though unfulfilled, was a single-handed sailing voyage. He expressed a wish to be cremated upon his death and for his ashes be scattered in the sea. His wish has been granted, and Tom Lane swims -- and sails-- forever.

Tips for Butterfly

1. To avoid choking on the water when breathing - don't breathe! Unfortunately, while this can be done for nearly a length, it increases the risk of choking when you're gasping for air on the next length.

2. If you do have to breathe, be sure to pull with your arms all the way through past your hips; that way you have more time to breathe and get your head down for the next stroke.

3. If you have a weak kick and want to make your stroke more balanced between your pull and your kick, try pulling more weakly (less strongly?) instead of kicking harder. This is easier and you can go farther before you get tired.

(There are no references for these tips, as I made them up. It's best to get correct advice from the coaches on these matters.)

Cathy Merritt, NMSC A Group


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