June 13, 2012


Locals shine in Senior Games pool

Seven local men and women competed in the Empire Senior Games swimming events over the weekend.
The total medal count was an impressive 29 for the seven, who included two first-timers in the Senior Games.
One of those was a first-time competitor in the 70-74 age group. Linda Riggins of Cortland swam the 500-yard freestyle in the 70-74 division for her first pool competition ever and finished in second place. She has been swimming for many years, and decided to give competition a try.
Mary McNeil made her Seniors debut in the 49-54 age group after more than 15 years of no swim competition. Following her second-place silver medal performance in the 5-kilomter road race Thursday, McNeil competed and earned medals in four swim events Saturday. She grabbed gold medals in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events while collecting silver medals in the 200 and 500 freestyles races.
Other impressive repeat appearances were made by Suzanne Austin, Kathryn Gilleran, Tim Herman, Mike Kennedy and Mark Masler.
— Austin won five gold medals and one silver medal in the 55-59 age group. Her gold performances were in the 50 freestyle, 50 backstroke, 50 breaststroke, 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke. Austin earned her silver medal in the 100 individual medley.
— Gilleran competed in the 60-64 age group and won four gold medals plus one silver medal. Her golds came in the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle with a silver medal in the 50 butterfly.
— Herman claimed three gold, one silver and one bronze in the 55-59 age group. His gold medals were in the 100 butterfly, 100 backstroke and 500 freestyle, silver was collected in the 50 backstroke and bronze came in the 100 individual medley. Herman finished fourth in the 50 freestyle.
— Kennedy earned two gold, three silver and one bronze medal in 49-54 age group events. He won the 50 and 200 backstroke, placed second in the 50 butterfly, 100 backstroke and 200 individual medley and was third in the 100 individual medley.
— Masler swan in the 49-54 age group, earning a silver medal in the 50 freestyle and a bronze medal in the 50 backstroke. He also finished fourth in the 100 individual medley.
Collectively, the team walked away with 16 gold, 10 silver and three bronze medals. The seven swimmers have been and continue to be under the direction of Mac’s Masters Coach Dan McNeil Sr. at the Cortland YMCA. McNeil was on hand for the Senior Games.


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