PORTLAND, Oregon, July 30. MASTERS swimmer Dennis Baker, 41, came agonizingly close to making the 2003 USA Swimming Nationals cut in the 200 meter fly last Sunday.
Swimming a time trial at the USA Swimming Western Sectional meet, Baker, a finalist at the 1980 U.S. Olympic Trials, clocked 2:05.19. The time is under his own Masters world record in the 40-44 age group and only half a second from the cut, 2:04.69.
It was Baker's best effort since he began competing again two years ago. Following sinus surgery for a deviated septum next month, Baker resumes training "so I can move to the next level."
His ultimate goal: competing at the 2004 Olympic Trials.