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    Masters swimmer Herb Siegel, 1922-2013

    My Dad and fellow Masters swimmer Herb Siegel passed away yesterday at age 91. He grew up in New York City during the Depression and taught himself to swim by emulating Johnny Weissmuller. He was a lifelong fitness swimmer, but I encouraged him to join USMS in 1999 following the death of my mother. He began competing, accumulating a total of ten top ten times and winning numerous medals in local, state, and national meets. Competitive swimming gave his life purpose and meaning. His fondest memory was swimming with his son and his granddaughter at short course nationals in Greensboro last year. He continued swimming right up until three weeks before his death, incorporating drills and interval training into his 2500 yard workouts. He told me last weekend that he regretted not having had the opportunity to compete in his new age group.

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    Re: Masters swimmer Herb Siegel, 1922-2013

    My condolences. It sounds like you have great memories of him to cherish. How special to have three generations at one Nationals.
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    Re: Masters swimmer Herb Siegel, 1922-2013

    Great story. Thanks for posting. Best wishes to you and all the others he has left behind.

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    Re: Masters swimmer Herb Siegel, 1922-2013

    Craig, I'm sorry to hear this. I have marked him as deceased in our membership database and his name will be included in the "In Memoriam" list that will be read at the 2014 convention next year.

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    Re: Masters swimmer Herb Siegel, 1922-2013

    I'm sorry you lost your dad, Gull. He sounded like a great guy and quite an inspiration for you. May you live to be as healthy and old as your dad- and, still be swimming at 91! I want to grow up to be just like your dad.
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    Re: Masters swimmer Herb Siegel, 1922-2013

    Sorry to hear about your loss. Your dad sounds like quite an inspiration and truly represented what Masters swimming is all about - enjoying the sport for life, through thick and thin! Thank you for sharing his story!

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    Re: Masters swimmer Herb Siegel, 1922-2013

    Condolences. Both of my parents were competitive swimmers around 1950, but I have yet to convince them to join USMS.
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    Re: Masters swimmer Herb Siegel, 1922-2013

    Really sorry to hear about your loss, but it's wonderful to hear about the pleasure swimming brought to your father. I imagine that sharing nationals with him last year is one of your fondest memories also.

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    Re: Masters swimmer Herb Siegel, 1922-2013

    He sounded liked an amazing man and a terrific swimmer. I'm sorry for your loss.

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    Re: Masters swimmer Herb Siegel, 1922-2013

    Glad I got to meet him at Greensboro. You're a great family!

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    Re: Masters swimmer Herb Siegel, 1922-2013

    Thanks for the kind words.

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    Re: Masters swimmer Herb Siegel, 1922-2013

    Please accept my condolences. How special to have shared the three generation experience, as well many other swimming experiences with your dad. I love it that you got him back into the sport as I imagine he played a big part in introducing you to it when you were younger. I think I can speak for a lot of us that we'd each not only love to reach 91, but to be swimming for as long as your dad did.
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