Nancy Wingerd Schoepperle (1925-2010) PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 04 October 2010 02:32

Nancy Schoepperle passed away July 15, 2010 after several years of failing health. You may best remember Nancy as a petite backstroker. Small in body but big in heart, Nancy holds many Niagara District records for backstroke in the 65-69, 70-74, and 75-79 age groups. She made Top Ten in 1993, 1996, 2002, and 2006 and was always up for a meet (she claimed to taper while driving to the venue). Nancy competed in several Nationals and the V FINA World Masters 1994 in Montreal. She was a regular competitor in the Empire State Games usually accompanied by her daughter Susan Webster of Old Forge, NY. Nancy was also a synchronized swimmer and an original member of the Huff & Puffs, a club begun in the 1970’s by Jayne Morris at the Buffalo Jewish Community Center. The club is now the Buffalo Synchro Masters. Nancy competed and used her piano/music training to select and cut the music tapes for the team. Her last synchro competition was the 2002 Masters Nationals at Keuka College.

Gianniny nearly beats Brophy! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bruce Gianniny   
Friday, 01 October 2010 13:11

Niagara District was well represented in mid August when our contingent ventured north to Lake Placid’s Mirror Lake to compete in the annual Betsy Owens Memorial 1 and 2 mile cable swims. With one more chance to wear the infamous and now banned tech suits three individual and two relay records were established by Niagara swimmers.

Contrary to the chaos of some open water swims where more than a thousand swimmers start simultaneously in a thrashing sea of elbows and kicking feet, at the Betsy Owens heats of 10 are started at interval. There is much more order and manner as the swimmers negotiate the course marked by a submerged and suspended cable; hence the name “cable swim”.

District president Neil Brophy captured the 1st place posicle stick, winning the one mile, two lap event, ahead of fellow Niagarites Dana (2nd) and Bruce (3rd) Gianniny. All three lowered existing national records.

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