Lynn Leverett - 13 February 2017
My name is Lynn Leverett, seventy-eight years of age, living in Abilene, TX. Growing up in Southwest Oklahoma, there wasn't much to do during the summer recess except enjoy our local pool. That being the case, I enjoyed most days swimming, basking in the sun around the pool, or splashing water on the sun bathing ladies. I was often chased off by the ladies seeking revenge; my escape method was to swim faster than those in pursuit, be it the girls or their boyfriend.
Needless to say I was almost drowned by the ladies' boyfriends from time to time!
With the exception of a few stints swimming for exercise, it has been more than fifty years since I swam for conditioning or racing against my friends. A couple years ago, I decided to try my hand at swim competition at the San Antonio Senior Games. To my surprise, I won a Silver in the fifty meter freestyle!
Last year, I gave it my best after recovering from a shoulder injury, but was not successful in placing in the top three. Since then I have been swimming somewhat consistently three to four days weekly, intending to improve my condition.
Hopefully, I will do better next time around!
WW2 veteran, Joe Barger, competed in the National Senior Games this year, bringing home 1st place for three of his seven events.
Houston-area athletes participated in the Texas Senior Games in March & April, followed by the National Senior Games in June.
Ruby Ranch resident Frank Dickey, 85, clears 7’ 6” on his second attempt Sunday at the State Senior Games in San Antonio to claim the world record for his age group. Dickey, who took a 60 year break from the sport, said he is more proud of this accomplishment than any awards he received in high school or college. (Photo courtesy Cyndy Slovak-Barton)