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Dennis Baker, 44, Flies Through 500 -- November 22, 2005

By Robin Parisi

PORTLAND, Oregon, November 22. DENNIS Baker, whose achievements at the USMS Long Course Nationals in August were celebrated in the October issue of Swimming World Magazine, continued his streak of amazing performances at a recent meet in Oregon.

Competing in a tri-meet hosted by the Multnomah Athletic Club on the same day that Roger Clemens, 43, opened the World Series for the Houston Astros, Baker, 44, swam the 500 free in 5:12.07, good for fourth place overall. Not bad for a guy who swam the race butterfly! Baker's splits: 59:39, 1:02.11, 1:03.80, 1:04.06, 1:02.61.

Note: At the USA Swimming Nationals, Baker placed 56th out of 73 competitors. The next oldest competitor was 27, or 17 years younger than Dennis!

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