Del Webb swimmers tops at state meet

Staff Reports • Updated Jul 9, 2016 at 2:15 PM

The Lake Providence Masters Swimming Club in the Del Webb community in Mt. Juliet recently returned from the State Senior Olympic Swim Meet with 14 medals, and one swimmer excelled above the rest. 

Swimmers Rob Broderick, Peter Fechheimer, Mary Jane Mullins and Bruce Sherman each medaled in at least one event and combined for eight gold, four silver and two bronze. 

Mullins, however, swam in six events in her 85-year-old age category and won the gold in each. In fact, she set the state record in all six events. She competed in the 100-yard individual medley, 200-yard individual medley, 50-, 100- and 200-yard backstroke and the 50-yard butterfly. 

Broderick took bronze in the 100-yard individual medley. Fechheimer took gold in the 200-yard freestyle and the 50-yard butterfly and silver in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle and 50-yard breaststroke. Sherman earned silver in the 100-yard breaststroke and bronze in the 50-yard breaststroke. 

The Lake Providence Masters Swimming Club currently has 29 members and is one of more than 1,500 U.S. Masters Swimming Clubs across the nation, totaling nearly 60,000 members. 

What makes the LPM Swimming Club so unique is that, unlike the rest of USMS, its members are all older than 50. In fact, the average age of the LPM swimmers is 66. The youngest swimmer is 52, and the oldest is 85. 

They said they swim for enjoyment of the sport and to stay fit, but a few of the swimmers like to compete and they did just that at the Tennessee Senior Olympic Swim Meet on June 28-29 in Brentwood.

The LPM Swimming Club received its original USMS registration in January 2013 and has conducted twice weekly practices ever since with Broderick and Sumner Foster serving as coache. Both are certified USMS swimming coaches with serveral years of experience. They volunteer their time as a service to the community.

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