Courtesy of: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports
PHOENIX, Arizona, January 28. DO you think you'll live to be 105 years old? If so, do you think you'll be able to get to a swimming pool and break a couple of Masters swimming world records? That's what Canadian Jaring Timmerman did at the Catherine Kerr Pentathlon last Friday in Winnipeg.
Timmerman won't be 105 until next month, but he took advantage of FINA rules that make him 105 years old already on a heat sheet. In the short course meters meet, Timmerman posted times of 3:05.55 in the 50 backstroke and 2:52.48 in the 50 freestyle, marking the first swims in worldwide Masters swimming history in the 105-109 age group. I don't think anyone had imagined we'd see the day when a 105-year-old man or woman would show up at a Masters meet, but now FINA has to create a new age category in their records to accommodate these new swims. Until yesterday, Timmerman had the distinction of being the second-oldest male Masters swimmer in history behind the late Tom Lane, having last raced at 100 years old in 2009. But Timmerman now stands alone as the oldest Masters swimmer ... in the world.
Timmerman has said those two swims would be his last in competition, and they have set the barrier a little bit higher for us Masters swimmers. If you ever need any proof that swimming pools are the proverbial fountain of youth, look no further than Jaring Timmerman. Congratulations, Jaring, you've won the Speedo Performance of the Week.