Seniors set to make a splash this Saturday

The final event of the 2013 Rhode Island Ocean Tides Senior Games will be held this Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Aquatics Center at Roger Williams University. Check in is at 12:15 p.m., with races slated to start at 1 p.m.

Swimmers of all abilities, over age 40, are welcome for a day of fun and friendly competition. Events include freestyle, backstroke, butterfly and breaststroke, individual medley and relays in distances ranging from 50-500 yards. The entry fee for the event is $30, and includes an Ocean Tides T-shirt.

Ocean Tides, cofounded by Nancy Dobie, a retired Seekonk physical education teacher, and Julie Baldwin, a retired physical education teacher, coach, and athletic director at the Wheeler School, gives “seniors” (anyone over the age of 40 is eligible) the opportunity to continue to compete athletically, decades after they have put high school and college sports behind them.

The Senior Games run from March through September. In addition to the swim meet, competitions are held in bowling, basketball, track and field, golf, sailing, and triathlon. For more information on this or any Senior Games event, visit www.riotsg.org, email Rhodytides@aol.com, or call 401/253-1425.

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