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Swimming ResultsNow here is some real old school info…  I found this ancient article on Google from the Reading Eagle dated February 28th, 1993 featuring north championship swimming results from way back in the day.  I would have just turned 13 two days prior and would have been a member of the Boyertown Navy Seals swim team.  The article as pictured shows me placing 3rd in 100 yard freestyle, 2nd in 50 yard freestyle, 1st in my specialty breast stroke, and 6th in the 200 yard freestyle relay.

Now to give you a little background…  Starting when I was 7 years old, I joined the Boyertown Mako Sharks swim team.  Featuring some of the best times of my childhood, it didn’t take long before I though of myself as an elite swimmer.  I remember difficult daily practices but every swim meet felt like a party.  That fall, I joined the Pottstown YMCA Seahawks swim team and quickly learned what real competition was about.  While winter swimming wasn’t nearly as fun, it was completely competitive in nature.  As I grew older I found myself competing at districts every year.

After several years of swimming for the Pottstown YMCA, the Boyertown YMCA finally installed a pool and I joined the Boyertown Navy Seals.  Eventually I was lucky enough to qualify in districts to participate in the State championships at Penn State College.  At states, I placed 6th in the entire state in 50 yard breast stroke beating my long time friend and rival from Pottstown.  With my swimming ego in the clouds, this was the greatest time ever in my swimming days.  The following year I also made it to states.

As I grew older I saw the end of the tunnel.  I had no intention of pursuing a life in competitive swimming and I no longer had a passion for the sport.  After 10 years of swimming in the summer and 9 years of swimming in the winter, I closed this chapter in my life.

The actual article from the Reading Eagle can be found here.

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