2019 Swimmer of the Year – Scott Halliburton

Scott has served for as the Arkansas Masters LMSC registrar since the fall of 2015.  He previously was President of SLAM (St. Louis Area Masters) from 1995 a 1999.  Scott holds several records for Arkansas Masters in addition to ten USMS Top 10 times.  His dedication to LONG workouts 6 days a week, and dedication to the sport of swimming is remarkable and makes him very deserving of this award.

Below is Scott’s swimming career and background in his own words:

My brother Jim, broke his arm when he was 7 and they recommended swimming as a way to strengthen his arm.  He was an excellent swimmer, so my parents started me in swimming a few years later when I turned 7.

I grew up swimming in St. Louis for Clayton Shaw Park and later swam for Sugar Creek Sports Club.  In high school, I was undefeated my junior and senior years and won both the 200 free and 100 fly at the high school state meets.  I was an All American my senior year in High School in the 100 fly.

I received several swimming scholarship offers and finally chose Missouri.  I swam all 4 years at Missouri earning All American status my junior and senior years.  I ranked 1st in the nation in the 100 fly in 1983 and 4th in 1984.  While at Missouri; I broke and held Missouri team records in 7 different events.  I held one for 25 years. I broke and held Big 8 records in 3 different events and held one for 12 years.  I was an 8 time Big 8 Champion. I ranked in the All Time Top 10 at Missouri until 2018, so for over 30 years.  I also competed in the 1984 Olympic Trials.

After college, I took a brief break from swimming, except on my birthday where I worked out with my brother’s Rockwood swim team on my birthday each year. I began swimming Masters in 1990 with Kevin Polansky when I lived in Ft. Collins, CO and have been swimming Masters ever since.  I’ve competed at several USMS masters championships and placed as high as 2nd in the 200 fly on 3 occasions.

I started swimming 100 x 100 in 2001, when we were in St. Louis, talking about hard workouts and it turned out my friend from Drury also swam that set and we decided to see if we could do it again.  I’ve done that set at least once every year since then.

I’ve previously swam masters for Loveland Masters in Colorado, St. Louis Area Masters, Blue Frog (Orlando, FL) and Arkansas Masters since moving to Bentonville in 1999.  I like to swim 6 days a week usually at 5:30 in the morning at the Bentonville Community Center. I’m very thankful for all of the people I get to swim with on a regular basis.  Last year I swam 1,058,390 yards or just over 600 miles. This year I’m on pace to exceed those totals.

My brother Jim, swam at Indiana.  My son Andrew started swimming in High School for the NWAA Sharks and swam in college at Oklahoma Baptist, for Arkansas Swimming Hall of Fame member Dr. Sam Freas.  My daughter, Emily also swims for exercise in Wichita. My great Uncle Richard Halliburton holds the record for the smallest fare $0.03 for swimming across the Panama Canal.  My Uncle Louis Halliburton, swam at UCLA, and my nephew TJ Halliburton currently swims at Saint Louis University. So, you can see that swimming runs in the family


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