USMS Spring Nationals at Mesa, AZ, was an unusual event for Lisa Bennett: it was her sixth time competing at short-course nationals in the same age-group, 50-54. Since nationals were rather early this year, she was just days away from advancing into the next age group. Lesser swimmers might have skipped the meet and waited for next year, but Lisa was game. And she did quite well, too, collecting three top-3 finishes in the age group she was about to leave behind.
But Lisa is part of The Mighty Mermaids, and her fellow Mermaids had a surprise birthday gift for her: a round-trip plane ticket to California so she could participate in the SPMA short-course Regional Championship…as a 55-year-old!
Lisa later said, “it was an incredible experience for me…I couldn’t let my Mermaids down!” Indeed she didn’t, winning all of her events and setting new LMSC records in each swim. Two of the swims — the 50 and 100 Breast — were also new national records! Hats off to Lisa for her accomplishments, and to all the Mighty Mermaids for their generosity. That’s what masters is all about.