Old neighbors to meet at Senior Olympics in Fla.


WHEN SWIMMERS leave their starting blocks at the National Senior Olympic Games next October at the Walt Disney Wide World of Sports in Florida, central county will be well represented.

Nancy Brown, coach of the SPY Masters Maryland Swim Team and a nationally ranked swimmer, will head a contingent of 11 qualifiers to the event. The team has been swimming every day at the Community Center at Woods.

The SPY Masters swimmers are Betsy Chambers, Wila Hillman, Carolou Hurlbert, Yu-Jin Lee, Ken Pollock, Tom Powers and Elizabeth Taylor of Arnold, Connie Frappaola of Millersville, and Rand Vaillancourt and Frances Weston of Pasadena.

Upon arrival in Florida, the Central Marylanders will shake hands with old friend and former Severna Park resident Nana Whalen, who has also qualified for the Senior Olympic Games.

Whalen and her husband, John Whalen, spent more than 25 years in Severna Park, raising three children: Tim Whalen, Maria Whalen Klein and Angela Whalen.

The couple organized the St. Andrews Swim Club swim team, as well as the Central Maryland Swim League. John Whalen was the league's first president.

Nana Whalen is remembered for her recipes, some of which appeared in The Sun. She encouraged good nutrition and health and became the owner of the Severna Park Diet Center. The Whalens retired in 1997 to Sun City, S.C.

There, Nana Whalen rediscovered the joys of swimming, decided to compete in the Beaufort County Senior Games that October and won three events.

Her next competitive outing was the South Carolina Senior Olympic Games in May 1998, when she swam qualifying times in the 50-meter freestyle, 50-meter backstroke, 50-meter breaststroke, and 100- and 400-meter freestyle events.

The following September, at the Georgia State Senior Games, she qualified for nationals in the 100-meter backstroke.

Whalen was chosen in October to be the torch bearer and to light the flame for the 1998 Beaufort County senior games.

The former cookbook author is amused by the finishing times that have brought her so far. She says of all her children's times, only those of her youngest daughter, Angela, when she was age 6, can be compared with hers.

SPY Masters at Woods is open to anyone age 19 or older and offers improved fitness, swimming techniques and an effective way to relieve stress, Brown said.

Information: 410-255-0699.

Striders sponsor race

If you prefer to remain dry while exercising, then races sponsored by the Annapolis Striders may be for you.

The Valentine's Day Twosome Relay begins at 10 a.m. Feb. 7 at Shipley's Choice Elementary School in Millersville.

Each member of a two-member team runs 5 kilometers, or 3.1 miles.

A prize will be awarded for the best team name.

Information: 410-987-0281.

Pub Date: 1/28/99

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