Arundel women swim to gold in Senior Games


Pasadena's Nancy Brown led a contingent of four Anne Arundel County women to a string of swimming gold medals in last week's National Senior Games, a competition that drew about 10,000 athletes in many sports to the University of Pittsburgh.

Brown, 69, a longtime swimming coach and swimmer, brought home gold medals and national records for all six events she entered in the 65-69 age group. The Pittsburgh games were the first Senior Olympics Brown had entered, although she and a team of masters swimmers she has coached for many years have won often in national YMCA competition.

Brown took titles in the 50-meter backstroke, the 200 and 500 freestyle, the 200 individual medley, and the 100 and 200 backstroke. Times were still being posted on the Games' Web site, but Brown said she had been told the results for herself and her team.

"It was just amazing," she said. "Earlier this year, we were at the Y nationals, and I didn't swim well at all. So this was truly a surprise."

Three Annapolis women on Brown's SPY Maryland Masters team also won multiple events.

Marti Betz took gold in five events in the 55-59 age group, setting records in the 50 and 100 backstroke. Ann Lallande, also competing in the 55-59 group, took three golds, setting records in the 50 and 100 butterfly events. And Christine Jorgensen, competing in the 60-64 age group, got three gold medals.

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