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    Is Laura Val the best Masterswimmer ever?

    "Swimming ist't just a sport. It's a healthy lifestyle, a total body workout, a meditation session,
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    Re: Is Laura Val the best Masterswimmer ever?

    YES!!! I can think of several possible number 2s, but she is clearly #1.
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    Wow, she's pretty spectacular. Amazing!
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    Re: Is Laura Val the best Masterswimmer ever?

    I think she is amazing and inspiring to this sixty-something!

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    Re: Is Laura Val the best Masterswimmer ever?

    Absolutely.

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    Re: Is Laura Val the best Masterswimmer ever?

    No doubt, and a fantastic person as well

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    Re: Is Laura Val the best Masterswimmer ever?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Abrahams View Post
    No doubt, and a fantastic person as well
    Pretty strong endorsement from a man who can make a very good case for the same honor.

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    Re: Is Laura Val the best Masterswimmer ever?

    Rich and Allen, what about Gail Roper? She was dominate for many years in the early days and may still have a few records hanging around. Don't have time at the moment to do research, but would be an interesting comparison.

    Saw Laura swim in Greensboro last year and was blown away!

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    Re: Is Laura Val the best Masterswimmer ever?

    Yes, and I am reminded of that fact at almost every meet - since for three of every five years we are in the same age group!

    .... maybe I'll out live her and have a shot for gold in my 90's.

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    Re: Is Laura Val the best Masterswimmer ever?

    Quote Originally Posted by TRYM_Swimmer View Post
    Rich and Allen, what about Gail Roper? She was dominate for many years in the early days and may still have a few records hanging around. Don't have time at the moment to do research, but would be an interesting comparison.

    Saw Laura swim in Greensboro last year and was blown away!
    No one compares to Laura. Contenders for second best women, IMO, are Jane Asher and Karlyn Pipes.

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    Re: Is Laura Val the best Masterswimmer ever?

    One of the most overlooked of Laura's accomplishments is the fact that she has been a Swimming World magazine Masters Swimmer of the Year for the past 10 years (and will no doubt make it 11 this year). The designation is made to the 6 men and 6 women who have the most FINA world records during the competition year. This means that Laura would need to continue to get faster and break her own records for each of the 5 years in the age group. Most SOTY recipients can qualify for their first and maybe 2nd year in an age group but to do it year in and year out for a decade is extraordinary. She gets my vote.

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