Channel swimmers do it. Marathon swimmers do it. Professional swimmers do it. Coaches do it all the time
And so do evidently thousands of adult swimmers do it: Logging their miles swum during training in the pool and open water.
But there are a select group of men and women over the age of 80 years who are still doing it. In the motto of the SUN Masters (“Swimming Until Nonagenarianism“), these octagenarians and nonagenarians just keep on going and going, enjoying a healthful lifestyle in a sport where their inherent buoyancy in the water helps them exercise like they could never do on land.
In the Go The Distance program managed by U.S. Masters Swimming, these individuals are inspirational to all their younger teammates, neighbors, friends, and in some cases, co-workers. There are many others around the world who swim similarly, but these representatives are physical showcases of what can be done in the water.
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80-84 Male Age Division – Distance to Date (January 1 – November 30)
Eugene Paul (84) 472.24 miles (760.0 km)
Robert Beach (82) 313.23 miles (504.0 km)
Paul Kiell (82) 279.39 miles (449.6 km)
George Adams (80) 188.23 miles (302.9 km)
Thomas Weber (82) 137.18 miles (220.7 km)
Patrick Quinn (81) 56.55 miles (91.0 km)
Herb Janecek (80) 45.68 miles (73.5 km)
85-89 Male Age Division – Distance to Date (January 1 – November 30)
Paul Hutinger (88) 57.22 miles (92.0 km)
90-94 Male Age Division – Distance to Date (January 1 – November 30)
Edward Jerger (90) 62.56 miles (100.68 km)
80-84 Female Age Division – Distance to Date (January 1 – November 30)
DJ Murray (82) 493.69 miles (794.5 km)
Joan Campbell (82) 271.88 (437.8 km)
Barbara Eisele (82) 214.26 miles (334.8 km)
Jeane Gruender (84) 141.59 miles (227.8 km)
June Vyse Gravener (81) 100.40 miles (161.5 km)
Nancy Durstein (83) 70.23 miles (113 miles)
90-94 Female Age Division – Distance to Date (January 1 – November 30)
Juanita Willard (92) 1.22 miles (1.9 km)