Three times a week David Gladfelter, an 80-year-old semiretired lawyer, dons a swimsuit, goggles and cap. For the next hour, varying his strokes, he swims 80 laps at a community center pool.
Earlier this year, he traveled from his home in southern New Jersey to the Bronx, where he placed first in three events among 80- to 84-year-olds in a United States Masters swim meet. After more than three decades in the water, he now concentrates on maintaining momentum.
“If you don’t keep it up, times are slowing, swimming becomes more difficult,” he said. He travels up to 20 days a year, entering as many as a dozen competitive meets.
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