Mount Gilead High School swimming coach Brad Snow traveled to Massillon to compete at the Ohio Senior Olympics. The games are open to anyone aged 50 and up. The meet is a qualifier for the National Senior Olympics.
Notes of interest: There were 118 athletes competing in the swimming events. The oldest athlete (Howard Hall) competing was 92 years old. Yoshi Oyakama was also competing. Oyakama is a member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame. Oyakama is a Hawaiian who swam for The Ohio State University and Coach Mike Peppe. He was a six-time Big Ten champion, seven-time NCAA Champion, former World Record Holder (beating Adolph Kieffer’s record) and Gold Medalist at the Helsinki Olympic games.
To qualify for the 2015 National Meet in Minnesota one had to finish in the top four or meet a qualifying time. Each swimmer was allowed to compete in a maximum of six events.
Snow chose to compete in the 50, 100, and 200 meter backstroke as well as the 50 meter freestyle, 200 Individual Medley, and 100 Butterfly. He touched the wall first in the 50 backstroke, 100 back stroke, 200 backstroke, and 50 freestyle. Silver medals went to Snow in the IM and butterfly.
By finishing in the top four, Snow is eligible to compete in the 2015 National Meet in Minnesota representing Ohio.