Hometown and Current residence: Carthage, MO
Family and Occupation: I’ve been married to Lance Bacon for 23 years. We have 2 dogs, Bella (English Bulldog) and Diesel (French Bulldog), both rescues. I work at Lambeth Auto in Carthage (my parents started the business in 1974). I do all the bookkeeping, and I am one of the service writers. My husband also works there as an auto technician.
Swimming background: I learned to swim probably before I could walk. I joined the Carthage summer swim team when I was 5 years old, and I swam every summer until I was 18. We didn’t have a school swim team, but a couple of years in high school I swam on the Joplin Tigershark team in the winter. It was made up of swimmers from all over the area and we swam at MSSU.
Favorite event/race: 50yd butterfly
Swimming hero: My swimming hero is Dorothy Burke from Arkansas. I find no matter how good of shape I’m in, swimming is still really tough. I watched Dorothy swim at our meet last September. She is absolutely amazing! I hope when I’m in my late 70’s I’m still swimming too. She makes swimming look so easy when I know it’s not. What a great inspiration she is for all swimmers!
Swimming goals: My swimming goals are to improve my race times, and to be more consistent with my practices.
Advice to new masters swimmers: Don’t give up. Keep pushing through and keep going back. It does get easier. The other day I heard someone say “Take your favorite sport and then do it while holding your breath.” Swimming is tough but its such a great workout.
Hobbies: In my spare time and when its much warmer I love to wakeboard, solemn ski, and jet ski. In the fall and spring we have a Polaris RZR and go four wheeling. Other than that, I love to exercise and shop. I also sell Scentsy on the side for fun (I’m my best customer).
Favorite Drills: I love using the fins – they make you feel like you are an Olympic swimmer speeding through the water.
Where do you currently swim? MC Soakers – we swim at Millennium Fitness in the summer and MSSU in the winter.