Masters swimming pair score medals at nationals

A pair of White Rock masters swimmers excelled last week in Montreal, claiming medals at 2011 Masters National Swim Championships.

Aart Looye and Kathy Graham each found themselves on the podium numerous times. Looye won silver in two relay events – the 4×50 men’s medley and the mixed 4×50 medley – and also scooped bronze in the 50-  and 100-m backstroke, as well as another men’s relay race.

He was also sixth in the 200-m back and 10th in the 50-m freestyle. He competed in a handful of other events – four different distances of the men’s freestyle – but finished “out of the money.”

“I was getting leg cramps on the dive into the water and basically had to stop,” Looye said.

“Very frustrating to say the least.”

Graham also had a successful trip east, finishing with a silver medal in the 200-m butterfly, and bronze medals in both the 50-m back and 400-m individual medley. She was also fourth in the 100-m butterfly, sixth in the 100- and 200-m back and seventh in the 50-m butterfly.

More than 1,100 swimmers competed at the meet, which capped off the spring masters swimming season.