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Golden Girls Earn Golden Medals at Mass Senior Games

Celebrating their golden effort at the Massachusetts Senior swimming competition, their first trip ever, are left to right, Anne Crowell, Debbie Corrigan, Becky Annis, Coach Dave Chaplin, Laura Mann and Becky Weaver.


A quintet of local golden girls earned a total of 11 gold medals during their first trip to the Massachusetts Senior Games swimming competition held earlier this month at Springfield College.
The Milford team is made up of swimmers who participate in the Community School Use Program under the direction of Lenny Morcone. The team trains during open lap swimming programs three times a week. They are often in the pool before the sun rises, beginning their training at 5:25 a.m. and continuing until 7:15 a.m.
This year marked the first trip to the games for the Milford swimmers and the team made it one to member, earning a total of 13 medals — including 11 golds.
90-year-old Betty Weaver finished the meet as the most decorated of the group. Swimming in the 90-plus division, the Franklin woman earned gold medals in the 400-meter freestyle, the 200-meter freestyle, the 100-meter freestyle, and the 50-meter freestyle. Weaver has been swimming for nearly all of her nine decades on Earth and now works with David Chaplin, the head coach of the Milford High swim teams.
Chaplin worked with several other successful swimmers on this year's entry into the Senior Games.
Anne Crowell took home gold medals in the 100-meter freestyle and the 50-meter freestyle in the 70-to-75 age bracket. Laura Mann, Becky Annis, and Debbie Corrigan also earned some hardware.
Mann won gold in the 50-meter breaststroke and the 100-meter breaststroke. Annis earned two gold medals — in the 200-meter individual medley and the 50-meter butterfly — and also won a silver medal in the 50-meter freestyle.
Corrigan won gold in the 100-meter freestyle and took home the bronze in the 50-meter freestyle.
The Massachusetts Senior Games were founded in 1991 by Dr. Jack Neumann of Springfield College and have provided an opportunity for athletes across a wide age spectrum to compete in both summer and winter events. Today, more than 1,300 athletes compete in 11 age groups ranging from age 40 all the way up to 90-plus.




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