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Local swimmers shine at masters nationals

A group of local swimmers collected some hardware at the U.S. Masters Summer National Championship at Freeman Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Aug. 2-6.

Oregon Masters swimmers Barry Fasbender, Alice Fasbender, Jan Hildebrandt and Matt Miller all competed in the the long-course meter event, which featured 184 teams and 1,005 swimmers. The Oregon squad secured fourth place.

The 80-year-old Barry Fasbender won the 1,500 freestyle (29 minutes, 55.51 seconds), 200 butterfly (5:14.83) and 200 individual medley (4:26.61) while competing in the 80-84 age group. He was second in the 100 fly (2:20.49) and 400 IM (9:09.11) and third in the 200 backstroke (4:12.01).

Hildebrandt (age 60) earned second in the 200 fly (3:42.99) and third in the 100 fly (1:36.06) and 400 IM (7:20.49) competing in the 60-64 age group. The Superior Athletic Club member, who is coached by her husband Larry, also swam a leg on the victorious 200 medley relay (2:27.03) with Karen Andrus-Hughes, Arlene Delmage and Janet Gettling.

"One (of the highlights) was winning the medley relay and become national champions when we had so few swimmers," said Hildebrandt, who added that another top moment was reconnecting with childhood friends from Arkansas. "There were 20 from Oregon and 221 from Minnesota. ... Just from a personal standpoint, I trained fairly hard for my longer races and it was gratifying to do well in them."

Miller (age 40), the team coach, captured second in the 1,500 free (19:25.70) and third in the 200 IM (2:38.48) in the age 40-44 division.

Alice Fasbender (age 79), Barry's wife, was third in the 50 breaststroke (2:03.03) in the age 75-79 class. Alice and Barry combined with Joy Ward and Willard Lamb to win the 200 medley mixed relay (4:17.79).

Jan Hildebrandt competes at the U.S. Masters Summer National Championship at Freeman Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. [PHOTO COURTESY OF LARRY HILDEBRANDT]