WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
August 19, 2010
A week after competing in the U.S. Masters Long Course Nationals in Puerto Rico, GOLD will attempt a few world masters records Saturday at the Coral Springs Last Chance Long Course Meters Masters Meet.
More than 75 masters swimmers will compete in the one-day long course meet at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex that begins at 10 a.m.
The South Florida Aquatic Club will be well-represented with Comets and Coral Springs Masters swimmers. Coral Springs will compete for GOLD and Comets will compete as an individual team.
Heading the field is 1988 Olympian and national masters age group record holder Biggi Lohberg. Lohberg, 45, will compete only on GOLD relays.
Lohberg is an ASCA Level 4 swimming coach and Director of Swim America Coral Springs. She is still an outstanding swimmer earning several Masters titles and All-American honors and conducts swim clinics worldwide.
“Even when she hasn’t trained or practiced she is still so fast,” said masters swimmer Celia Devanney, a Coral Springs Masters and GOLD teammate.
GOLD masters record holder Deb Cavanaugh of Fort Lauderdale put the relays together that have the best chance of breaking records, particularly in the 200-plus and 240-plus age groups. This is the first year FINA, the sport’s international governing body, is recognizing the 400 and 800 relays.
“We are trying to put the best relays as possible together so we can get world records,” Devanney said. “Our best chances are probably in the 200-plus in the mixed, women’s and men’s.”
Since it’s only a week after nationals, Devanney said most swimmers are somewhat recovered and haven’t lost their taper. GOLD had 30 swimmers compete at nationals.
Evelyn Salama and Becky Willman, also coming off masters nationals, will compete along with teammate Chuck Medina for the Comets coached by Rose Lockie. Coral Springs masters coach Chris Jackson is meet director.
Also entered in the meet is former Cuban national team member and elite triathlete and open water swimmer Boris Fernandez, Barbara Protzman, Dale LeClair, Cathy Mancino, Ann Stewart, George Schmidt and Cavanaugh.
Also competing is Andres “Andy” Miyares of Miami, one of the few swimmers with Down syndrome in the world to be ranked by the International Paralympic Committee. He has set world, Pan American, national and state records throughout his swimming career.
Warm-up is 9 a.m. The men’s and women’s 800 free relays are the first two events.
Sharon Robb can be reached at email@example.com.