Honor Masters Swimmer
this young lady, it all began as an age group swimmer at the age of 12.
As part of a military family, she moved from place to place, home to
home, resulting in many coaches who gave her a foundation for what was to come
later in Master Swimming. Coaches
Flip Darr, Jack Simon and Mike Troy at the Coronado Swim Club in California,
Shelley Mann and Ed Solitar in Virginia,Tom Haynie and Soichi Sakamoto in Hawaii and at the Punahou School all gave her
a base of sound swimming skills. And, for some of her swimming years, she was self-coached, a
condition that was to plant the seed for success in her mind as she began to
excel in Masters swimming later in life.
can say it both ways, “Masters Swimming has been good for Barbara Dunbar and
Barbara Dunbar has been good for Masters Swimming”.
91 FINA Masters World Records since 1976 authenticate her International
prominence in the sport. She has
won 24 US Masters Swimming National Championships in Freestyle, Backstroke,
Butterfly and Individual Medley events, and has set 156 US Masters National
Records. She has won 18 Long
Distance Pool National Championships and 3 Open Water National Championships.
is a hard and intense competitor who has set records in six age groups beginning
with the 25-29 group. She has been
a USMS All-Star for 9 years and an All-American 32 times, 11 of those in long
distance. She is the first woman
over age 40 to break 19 minutes in the 1650y free and the first over age 50 to
break 20 minutes in the 1500m and 1650y.
as a Bio Medical Researcher in biology and immunology and now as a full time
finance office manager in her husbands firm, Barbara continues to make time for
Masters and continues to set records.
has received the USMS Distinguished Service Award (1977) and has served on
numerous committees of the San Diego-Imperial Local Masters Swimming Committee
and Board of Directors, and as the San Diego Swim Masters administrator and
newsletter editor/publisher. She is
a certified Masters official, referee, starter; the works, and still finds time
to volunteer tutor in math, science and reading at the local elementary and
is the epitome of what Masters swimmers achieve and of what Masters swimming
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