Masters make marks in Anacortes

Led by record-setting Harvey Prosser, five North Whidbey Masters swimmers competed at the Jan. 31 Anacortes Masters meet at Fidalgo Pool.

Prosser, racing in the men’s 80- to-84-year-old division, won all three of his races in Pacific Northwest Association of Masters Swimmers record times.

The North Whidbey Masters’ veteran won the 100 freestyle in a time of 1:25.34, the 200 freestyle at 3:04.43 and 500 freestyle in a clocking of 8:17.97.

Also winning races for NWM were Becky Klieman in the women’s 45- to-49-year-old division. She won the 500 freestyle (6:31.20), 100 butterfly (1:16.48) and 200 individual medley (2:48.49).

In the women’s 60- to-64-year-old division, Sally Dillon won the 50 freestyle (33.43), the 100 freestyle (1:12.86) and the 200 freestyle (2:37.73).

Also, in the men’s 60- to-64-year-old division, Jim McCleery won the 200 freestyle (2:07.45), the 500 freestyle (5:40.41) and 200 backstroke (2:31.87).

Ron Rhinehart, competing in his first masters meet, notched third-place finishes in the 100 (1:00.72) and 200 freestyles (2:16.93) and a second in the 500 freestyle (6:07.63).

The NWM 45-plus mixed 200 freestyle relay team of Rhinehart, Klieman, Dillon and McCleery took home a victory in a time of 1:57.59.

NWM will compete next at the PNA Championships in Federal Way in April.

The North Whidbey Masters is an adult competitive swimming program of the North Whidbey Parks and Recreation District. Team members are age 18 and older and have a range of ambitions from skill enhancement, to fitness, to competitive readiness.

Practices are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, noon to 1:15 p.m.; and Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 5:30 to 6:30 a.m.

There are no skill requirements other than a desire to improve.

Interested swimmers can stop by the John Vanderzicht Memorial Pool during one of the practice sessions.

The first two weeks of practice are free to new members.

Call head coach Neil Romney at 675-7665 for more information.

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