U.S. Masters Nationals Set to Begin Thursday

TEMPE, Arizona, May 13. THE 2003 United States Masters Swimming (USMS) Short Course National Championships is set to begin on Thursday, in Tempe, Arizona.

The four-day meet has attracted some 1922 swimmers: 1112 men and 810 women. The oldest male swimmer is Bill Reeder, 92; the oldest female is 88 year-old Maria Lenk-Zigler, who competed at the 1932 and '36 Olympics and currently represents Brazil in international competition.

192 teams have entered entered the meet. Arizona Masters, with 248, is the largest team.

Among the participants are 23 Olympians and two Olympic coaches:

Maria Lenk-Ziegler (GER) 1932, 36
Carol Taylor 1948
Gail Roper 1952
Burwell "Bumpy" Jones 1952
Graham Johnston (SAF) 1952
Jeff Farrell 1960
Mike Troy 1960
Don McKenzie 1968
Jane Swaggerty-Hill 1968
Ron Johnson, Head Coach Mexico, 1969
* Melissa Belote 1972, 76
Jim Montgomery 1976
Susan von der Lippe 1980, 84, 88
Richard Schroeder 1984, 88
Tori Trees Smith 1984
Katrina Radke 1988
Roque Santos 1992
Ron Karnaugh 1992
Jill Chasson 1992
Eduardo Piccinini (BRA) 1992
* Simon Percy (NZL) 1992
Brad Schumacher 1996
Robert Delgado (ECU) 1996, 2000
Riley Mants (CAN) 1996
Eddie Reese, Head Coach USA, 2004

* Helping run the meet

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