Contributed by Tim Lecrone, NE-LMSC Registrar
Photos contributed by Sue Jensen
BRUNSWICK, ME - It was another great mini meet in Maine on Halloween weekend! The 17th Annual George Erswell Masters Meet, held at Bowdoin College on October 29, found swimmers and fans residing poolside with great swims and even greater smiles. Four teams - MESC, GBM, NEM, and RICE of South Texas - were represented. There were some memorable moments, starting with Dick Hutchings setting a New England record in the men's 75-79 500-yard freestyle with a time of 7:18.23. Of course, great things come in pairs, and Fred Schlicher demolished the New England record in the men's 65-69 200-yard butterfly with a blazing 2:31.01.
One of the most exciting things about the meet was the large number of newcomers to masters swimming. This was Maine's second meet of the fall season, and both featured excellent turnout from new participants. This year's Erswell meet hosted 46 athletes, up from 38 last year. This bodes well for new energy and enthusiasm in the form of new faces for the coming season!