Hometown and Current residence: I grew up in Jacksonville, FL and now I live in Searcy.
Family and Occupation: I have a wife, Marsha, and two kids who are in college. I’m employed as an accountant with First Security Bank in Searcy.
Swimming background: I swam age group and high school in Jacksonville. Then I came to Harding and swam almost a semester there. In the early 90’s I swam with a masters team in Jacksonville, but when I moved up to Searcy, there wasn’t a place to swim, so I took several years off. Recently the city of Searcy built a pool, and I took up swimming again and re-joined masters swimming.
Favorite event/race: I like the sprint freestyle races. You know, the ones that seemingly everyone likes! I’ll also do some butterfly, but I like to keep it to a 50 or less.
Swimming hero: When I was in high school, I guess it was Rowdy Gaines. And more recently, it’s hard not to be impressed by what Michael Phelps has done.
Swimming goals: My goals are simple – swim for fitness. Get a couple of workouts a week to keep in shape and form. I don’t get in the pool and crank out 100 laps straight and then go home – I still like to do sets with intervals. That’s probably because that’s the only type of swimming I know.
Advice to new masters swimmers: Enjoy. Have fun. Watch yourself get better. Be your best. Most folks our age would struggle to do what we do, so take pride in what you’re doing.
Hobbies: Most of my spare time is spent exercising (I mountain bike or road bike in addition to swimming) or reading. My wife inherited a farm in SW Arkansas, and lately I’ve been trying to learn as much as I can about a 1950’s tractor, so I can get it running and working.
Favorite drills: I like pulling. I like the “hand paddle reach” drill – one hand holds a hand paddle out extended in front. The other arm takes a stroke, and then you grab the paddle with the other hand, and then you take a stroke with your other arm. In high school, we didn’t use a hand paddle, and we called this a “touch and go” drill.
Do you participate in other sports? I took up bicycling in the late 90’s, and again around 2007, because Searcy had no pool to swim, and I wanted to do something exercise related.
Where do you currently swim? The Searcy Swim Center. It’s a new pool, 5 years old. 8 lanes, 25 yards.
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