Outer Banks swimmers win N.C. Senior Games championship

Twelve Outer Banks senior swimmers competed in the North Carolina Senior Games State Finals and won the championship title for 2020.

Due to COVID-19, the event was held virtually, with participants swimming on their own and recording their times with the assistance of the staff at the Outer Banks Family YMCA in Nags Head.

Officials from the North Carolina Senior Games then compiled the times submitted from swimmers around the state and determined the winners of each event.

The Outer Banks senior swimmers scored a total of 220 points to take the championship title over the Greater Greensboro Seniors, who came in second with 167 points.

The local swimmers finished as follows:

50-54 Age Group:

Dave Tonnesen – 6 first place
John Wallace – 2 first place, 2 second place

55-59 Age Group:

Lisa Minerich – 3 first place, 1 fifth place
Brooke Kirk – 3 first place, 1 third place

60-64 Age Group:

Jack Horst – 2 first place, 3 second place, 1 fourth place
Robert Trivette – 5 first place, 1 third place
Stuart Wylie – 2 second place, 1 third place, 2 fourth place

65-70 Age Group:

Lloyd Minerich – 3 first place, 1 fifth place
Kathleen Morgan – 4 second place, 2 third place

70-74 Age Group:

Richard Jones – 4 first place, 2 second place

75-79 Age Group:

K.E. Morgan – 3 first place, 1 second place
Harry Schiffman – 4 first place, 2 second place

In 2020, 850 athletes and artists from 52 local senior games programs participated in the virtual North Carolina Senior Games Finals. Approximately 90 swimmers from across the state of North Carolina competed in the swim meet.

Qualifications for the 2021 state finals will be held in the spring at local North Carolina Senior Games events across the state. The local Outer Banks competition is generally held in late April or early May.

For more information about the Outer Banks competition, contact Harry Schiffman at [email protected] or 252-305-3405 and the Baum Senior Center at 252-475-5653.

For more information about all North Carolina Senior Games programs, visit www.ncseniorgames.org.

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