Scott Celebrates With Record Swims

Dick Scott, pictured at the March 2010 University of Maryland Baltimore Campus 33rd Annual Maryland Masters Winter Meet

Richard (Dick) Scott really knows how to celebrate a 75th birthday! The competitive swimmer and his wife, Rita, recently headed south for a trip combining vacation, visit of friends, and three long course meters swim meets. Long course meets are not for the faint-hearted. They involve swimming 50 (not 25) meters (about 10% longer than yards) from one end of the pool to the other, before a turn or finish. Yes, that’s what the Olympians do.

At the June 12-13 Sarasota, Florida “Bumpy Jones” Invitational, Scott swam the 50-meter, 100-meter, and 200-meter breaststroke; the 100-meter and 200-meter butterfly; and the 400-meter individual medley. All six swims resulted in Virginia masters state records in his new 75-79 age group. He already holds two state records in the 70-74 age group. 

Scott competed in the June 19-20 Swimming Hall of Fame Summer Splash Meet in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, bettering his record 400-meter Individual Medley time by 20 seconds. The 400 IM is arguably the most difficult swimming event, since it requires proficiency in all four competitive strokes.

In the final leg of his “Tour de Long Course Meters,” Scott swam at the Team Greenville Masters Invitational in South Carolina on June 26 and 27. He accomplished a personal record in the 50-meter butterfly, and lowered Virginia state record by more than 35 seconds in the 100-meter butterfly, lowered his state record by more than one minute and ten seconds in the 200-meter butterfly, and lowered his state record by more than 36 seconds in the 400-meter individual medley!

A University of Virginia alumni professor of Commerce, Scott, joined the Northern Neck Family YMCA masters swim team, the Stripers, in 2006. According to team coach, Kathryn Gregory, his drive, determination, and focus were apparent immediately. Since beginning masters swimming, Scott has achieved five individual national top ten times and swum in eight national top ten relays. 

He consistently competes in local regional meets, where his placing first is nearly routine, in zone meets, and has swum in two national YMCA Championships.