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Durham sets record at Masters Solstice Meet

By Staff | Dec 23, 2016

At 75 years old, Richard Durham refuses to give up the sport he loves.

Durham, an active swimmer, trains at the Wellness Center at Shepherd University. He swims three times a week, doing between 11,000-14,000 yards, as well as running and doing push-ups.

“When I think about it, I might do weights,” he laughed.

He recently put that training to the test at the fourth-annual Germantown Masters Solstice Meet.

Durham swam for host Germantown, helping the team earn the team title.

Durham participated in four events, including swimming a top time in the 100-meter breaststroke of 2 minutes, 7 seconds.

He placed first in the event, edging the second-place swimmer by almost 30 seconds. Durham’s time was good enough to set a team record for the event.

He also swam the 200-meter breaststroke. Durham was uncontested, finishing with a time of 4:48. The swimmer set a meet record in the event in the 75-79 male division.

“Did I really? Good for me,” Durham laughed. “It wasn’t a very good time. I’m not having success in the second half of the race. That’s pretty exciting to not have a good race and break a record.”

In relays, Durham swam the anchor leg in the mixed 280-319 200-meter medley relay. He teamed up with Linda Carter, Ronald Greger and Amy Cooley to finish with a time of 3:23. The team was uncontested in the event and set a team record.

Durham joined Carter, Carol Johnson and James Hillman in the mixed 280-319 200-meter freestyle relay. The team swam a 3:21 to earn first in the event.

The team beat out a fellow Germantown team for the victory, winning by 15 seconds.

A year ago, Durham and his teammates for the meet claimed the meet record in the event with a time of 2:48.

The meet featured more than 170 swimmers, ranging in ages from 18-86.

The Solstice Meet partnered with the ALS Association, helping educate attendees on the disease and the fight to cure it.