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Swift places 36th out of 204 teams at U.S. Masters

Seven swimmers won 19 medals and scored 123 points at the meet

Published: May 17, 2013

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Swift Swimming had its best performance, thus far, at the 2013 U.S. Masters Swimming Spring Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana.

This year was the eighth consecutive time that the Swift Swimming masters attending the U.S. Masters Nationals, and the team of seven swimmers made its presence felt, bringing home 19 medals and scoring 123 points for a 36th place finish overall out of 204 teams.

Swift offers a masters swimming program to encourage and promote improved physical fitness and health in adults, and to enjoy the fellowship and camaraderie among swimmers. The Natatorium, where this year’s meet was held, is a great swimming facility that has hosted many of the U.S. Olympic trials and will this summer be hosting the U.S. World Championships trials.

The Swift Masters were represented by Percy Knowles, swimming in the men’s 80-84 age group; Andy Knowles, swimming in the men’s 55-59 age group; Nancy Knowles, swimming in the women’s 55-59 age group; Andrew Higgs, swimming in the men’s 45-49 age group; Jeremy Knowles, swimming in the men’s 30-34 age group; April Savage, swimming in the women’s 25-29 age group, and Elliott Knowles, swimming in the men’s 25-29 age group. The national meet gives medals for the top 10 finishes in each age group.

Jeremy Knowles led the way with four gold and two silver. He was first in the 50 fly in 22.65 seconds, 100 fly in 50.21 seconds, 100 individual medley (IM) in 51.58 seconds and 200 IM in 2:54.77. He was also second in the 50 breast in 26.52 seconds and 200 fly in 1:54.05.

Percy Knowles continued his medal haul with five medals. He was second in the 100 IM in 2:20.56, fourth in the 200 breaststroke in 4:25.45, fifth in the 100 breaststroke in 2:00.36, sixth in the 50 breaststroke in 53.92 seconds and eighth in the 50 free in 48.42 seconds.

Andy Knowles won six medals, starting with a silver in the 1,650 free in 19:03.26 and was fifth in the 400 IM in 4:59.56, seventh in the 200 free in 1:58.77, eighth in the 500 free in 5:25.85, ninth in the 200 IM in 2:18.50, and 10th in the 100 free in 54.14 seconds.

Nancy Knowles got a medal with an eighth place finish in the 50 butterfly in 39.52 seconds, and April Savage got a medal with an eighth place finish in the 50 breaststroke in 34.31 seconds. Nancy Knowles also picked up a 13th place finish in the 500 free in 7:51.46 and a 16th place finish in the 200 free in 2:54.59. Savage also had a 13th place finish in the 50 fly in 29.46 seconds, and a 20th place finish in the 100 IM in 1:06.97.

Andrew Higgs improved on his times with a 1:12 in the 100 breast for a 20th place finish and 27.16 seconds in the 50 free for a 41st place finish. Elliott Knowles was the youngster on the team and swam the 50 free in 24.35 seconds for a 24th place finish and the 100 free in 57.93 seconds for a 35th place finish.

Swift Swimming also swam in two relays – the 200 free relay and the 200 medley relay. The 200 free relay finished 18th in 1:37.48 with Jeremy, Elliott and Andy Knowles, and Andrew Higgs in that order, and then the 200 medley relay team finished 12th in 1:51.97 with Andy Knowles, Higgs, and Jeremy and Elliott Knowles swimming in that order.

It was reported to be a great meet for Swift Swimming as the team beat many of the bigger masters programs around the United States. The team has now raised the bar for next year’s Masters World Championships.

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