IUP Pair Help Indiana Masters Swim Team Take Second Place at Championship

Posted on 4/14/2015 8:06:26 AM

The Indiana YMCA Masters Swim Team finished in second place at the 2015 Allegheny Mountain YMCA/YWCA Masters Swimming Association Championship held on April 14–15 at the Spire Institute Olympic training facility in Geneva, Ohio. The Indiana Masters Swim Team was comprised of Gian Pagnucci, chair of IUP English, Richard Norris, IUP grounds crew, and Raymond Reinbold, a retired Indiana Junior High School technology teacher.

The Indiana Masters Swim Team scored 93 points to claim the number two spot in the AMYMSA Division III men’s swimming competition. Twelve teams competed for the Division III honors. A total of 127 swimmers competed at the meet. Masters swimmers compete based on gender and age and earn points that are counted toward overall team scores.

In addition to the team’s 2nd place finish behind the Wilmerding Masters Swim Team, Norris was the first-place individual scorer for his age group for the 2014–15 season, and Pagnucci was the third-place individual scorer. Norris and Pagnucci also earned recognition for completing the AMYMSA Swim Marathon and Iron Person Swim competitions.

Richard Norris, Raymond Reinbold, and Gian Pagnucci
Pictured from left: Norris, Reinbold, Pagnucci

The AMYMSA was started in Indiana in 1976 to promote competitive swimming in the “more-mature” ages (18 and over). The Indiana team had been dormant for several years until it was reconstituted in 2011 by Indiana Y Piranhas Head Swim Coach David King.

Pagnucci said he initially joined the team to get into shape, but has really enjoyed being on the team because it is a chance to meet a variety of swimmers from Indiana and the surrounding area. Norris, who serves as the Indiana Masters Swim Team representative to the AMYMSA, says he is anxious to see the team grow in size. Any IUP community member interested in learning more about the Indiana Masters Swim Team should send an e-mail to .

The AMYMSA has swimmers ranging in age from 18 to 89 and includes former NCAA athletes and even some former Olympians. But, says Pagnucci, “the masters program is for anyone who loves to swim.”

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