Vermont Medal Count Continues to Climb in the Pool and on the Track

The National Senior Games website tonight reports the Vermont medal count at 4 gold, 5 silver and 3 bronze. All of these medals so far appear to have been picked up in Swimming and Track and Field.

In the pool Margaret Nickerson and Katherine Branch were winners. Nickerson picked up a gold in the W85 50 yard freestyle in 52.08 and a silver in the W85 200 yard backstroke to go with two silvers from yesterday. Branch also increased her medal count with a gold in the W60 200 yard backstroke in 2:47.59. Lee Ann Banks also medaled, picking up a silver in the W55 200 yard backstroke in a time of 2:38.68 to go with a fifth place showing in the 50 yard freestyle in 30.33 seconds.

On the track Flo Meiler shows no signs of slowing down in her new division, picking up wins in the W85 50 meter dash in 12.52 seconds and the triple jump in 14’ 10”. She just missed another medal in the shot put, finishing fourth with a throw of 19’2”.

Other Vermonters competing on the track today were Francesca Moravcsik, who finished 5th in the W85 shot put with a toss of 18’4.5”; Robert Pockette, sixth in the M55 long jump in 14’6.75”; Jill Broderick, eighth in the W65 javelin in 60’1”; Sandra Wall, 16th in the W60 javelin in 46’8” and 17th in the 100 meter dash in 17.27; Dudley Bell who finished 18th in the M85 100 meter dash in 35.55 and 13th in the shot put in 14’1.75”; and Peter Davis who was 13th in the M75 hammer throw with a toss of 59’11”.

Also competing in the pool were Harvey Ottinger, who finished 5th in the M60 100 yard breaststroke in 1:14.73; Mary Clifton who finished 10th in the W60 50 yard freestyle in 33.58 seconds and 13th in the 100 yard individual medley in 1:29.70; Marilyn Williams, 12th in the W70 100 yard breaststroke in 2:07.34 and 21st in the 50 yard freestyle in 48.71 seconds; John Mahoney who was 19th in the M64 100 yard individual medley in 1:37.28 and 30th in the 50 yard freestyle in 34.98; and Patricia Quinlan who swam the 50 yard free in 38.10 seconds to finish 33rd in the W60 50 yard freestyle.

Today was a day off in the cycling world as they moved north to the road course in El Paso after running their time trials in Albuquerque Saturday and Sunday.

I had a few minutes this evening to try and figure out the tennis results. It appears that the W70 doubles team of Allyson Bolduc and Sherwood Daniels has steamrolled through pool play winning two matches by identical 8-0 scores. They have subsequently won their quarterfinal match by a score of 8-1 and a semifinal match 6-4, 6-2. They are now scheduled to play in the finals tomorrow afternoon at 3 PM against the team of Laura Baetz and Judy McGaugh from Missouri.

The tennis action so far has been concentrated in the over-70 divisions with Rich Blackstock going 1-2 in pool play in M75 singles action and teaming up with Walter Pratt of Nevada in M70 doubles to go 0-2 in pool play. Richard Theken also in the M75 division was 0-2 in pool play. In W70 singles action Sherry Daniels was 1-1 in pool play and lost her first match in the single elimination part of the tournament. Kathy Yost also in the W70 singles division lost two close matches in pool play.

by Matt Guild