2018 Swimmer of the Year – Trip Strauss

From a speech given by Marvin Schwartz April 28, 2018: “It’s my pleasure to identify Trip Strauss as the 2017 Masters Swimmer of the year.  Unfortunately Trip has a medical issue and can’t be with us tonight. But since he’s not here, I can say what I like about him and he won’t have any... Continue Reading →


Megan Cameron

Hometown: Montville, NJ Current residence: Webb City, MO Family and occupation: My husband Mark, 10 year old daughter Mae and 8 year old daughter Molly. I am the coach for our COMP group, the head coach of our Tri-State summer league team, and also our adult Masters coach. Swimming background?: I started swimming at 4 and my first race... Continue Reading →

David DeGeus

Hometown:  Belleville, Arkansas Family and occupation:  I am married, have two daughters 2 and 4, and am the Head Swim Coach for the University of the Ozarks. Swimming background?: I started competing at the age of 3 and have swam all through college. I swam for the University of Nevada in Las Vegas for 2 years... Continue Reading →

2017 Swimmer of the Year – Dotty Burke

From a speech given by Carie O'Banion honoring Dotty Burke at the 2017 Swimmer of the Year banquet: My 85 year old mother takes great pleasure in telling people that her daughter is a “master swimmer.”  While I hate to burst her proud motherly bubble, I am always quick to point out that masters swimmer simply... Continue Reading →

Scott Halliburton

Hometown:  St. Louis, Mo. Current residence:  Bentonville, AR Family:  Married to Diane (30 years), daughter Emily 26, son Andrew 24. I’m a Supplier to Walmart. Swimming background:  I started swimming when I was 7 years old. I was an All American swimmer in high school in St. Louis and in college at Missouri. I was ranked first in the... Continue Reading →

Carolyn Hyink

Hometown:  Carolyn's path has been: Oregon => Washington (state) => Texas => Centerton, Arkansas but would consider her hometown to be Lake Oswego, Oregon. Carolyn is a widow that recently moved to the Centerton area to start the next chapter of her life. She started competitively swimming when she was 12 and swam through high school... Continue Reading →

Nichole Holze

Hometown:  Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Current living in Texarkana, AR Nichole has been married for 10 years and has two children, a boy, 7, and a girl, 4. She currently homeschools her children, and previously worked as a health coach and personal trainer. Nichole started swimming when she was 3 years old, then year round when she... Continue Reading →

Francisco Mata

Francisco Mata grew up in Jonesboro, Arkansas and is married and has two children.  He's been swimming since he was a kid, but returned to the sport about four years ago. Favorite event: Chattanooga Open Water Swim hero:  Michael Phelps Future goals:  Improving his personal records. Advice for newcomers to Masters swimming:  It is not about speed,... Continue Reading →

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