Swimmers pick up more than medals in the competition pool

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By Deborah Francisco

The local contingency of swimmers that participated in the 2009 Senior Olympics in Las Cruces at the end of May found success with three participants winning medals in 20 events.

The participants included longtime Los Alamos residents Dan Miles and Bill and Maureen Hudson.

The Hudsons both participated in the 80-84 age group. Bill is a former coach of the Los Alamos High School swim team and he helped coach himself and his wife.

Bill took first place in the 50-yard, 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke and he took second place in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle.

Maureen, a victim of dementia, swam her way to first place in the 50 freestyle and 50 backstroke and second place in the 100 freestyle and the 100 backstroke.

“I was particularly proud of Maureen,” Bill Hudson said. “Maureen has some physical problems but we trained very hard and she beat some very good competition. She did a very good job.”

For the participants though the Senior Olympics is about more than just winning.

“We feel that exercise is something that you add to your life and it’s something that is a part of our lives,” Bill Hudson said. “We do it because we enjoy doing it. If we do well that’s fine and if we don’t do well, at least we participated. That’s pretty important to be able to do.

“If you win that’s even greater,” he said. “It’s just a lifestyle that we have developed. We try to live a reasonable healthy life with diet and exercise. We do it because it makes us feel good. Exercise is sometimes not fun but the results are fun.”