DEFY master swimmers place first in New Englands

first_img Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. BOSTON — Bill Reeve expected two things when he learned he’d be swimming the final stretch of the 800-yard freestyle relay at the New England Masters Short Course Yards Swimming Championships in March at Harvard University.The 83-year-old Down East Family YMCA swimmer knew he’d be swimming the eight laps alone, as the younger teams would have completed the relay well before his masters division club. And he knew the crowd would politely clap for him until he finished — a custom he never particularly enjoyed.“I don’t like to be the center of attention,” Reeve said.But Reeve didn’t expect what he saw after the race when he looked up at the stands.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“All those people applauding were smiling,” he said. “It occurred to me that there was a reason for that: We’re all going to get old.”At that moment, Reeve said he realized the event wasn’t so much a competition as it was a celebration of life.Reeve and 50 other swimmers who represented the state as members of the Maine Masters Swim Club had more to celebrate, though: They placed first of 25 teams.Reeve took first in eight events in the men’s age 80-84 and the men’s 75-plus age divisions, and he set two New England records: 200-yard medley relay (3:09.41 — New England record), 400-yard medley relay (7:20.13 — New England record), 200-yard backstroke (4:06.19), 400-yard freestyle relay (6:49.26), 100-yard backstroke (1:57.74), 50-yard backstroke (49:87), 800-yard freestyle relay (17:25.48), and 50-yard freestyle (45.61).Reeve also placed second in two events: 200-yard freestyle (3:51.04), and 100-yard freestyle (1:44.18).DEFY swimmer Scott Redmon, 64, also competed in the championships. He placed second in four events in the age 55-plus division: 400-yard freestyle relay (4:24.30), 400-yard medley relay (5:14.79), 200-yard freestyle relay (1:58.07), and 200-yard medley relay (2:08.15).Reeve said masters swimming meets are far more relaxed than high school and college competitions.“We’re doing it for the sheer joy of swimming together,” Reeve said. “What could be more fun than that?” Bio Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Latest Postscenter_img Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all)last_img read more