Valley Information – Recreation briefs: Etna’s Bedford headed to New England masters swimming corridor of fame


WHITE RIVER JUNCTION – Fritz Bedford goes to the hall of fame.

The Etna Masters swimmer will be inducted into the Hall of Fame for the New England Local Masters Swimming Committee next month, the result of a career of record breaking results in the pool. The hall, founded in 2010, honors outstanding members of the NELMSC in three categories: Pool Performance, Open Water / Long Distance and Contributor.

Bedford was selected for introduction to the pool performance category. His career goes back more than a decade and includes the following achievements:

■ Nine masters world records in butterfly and backstroke swimming.

■ Fourteen national US championship swimming records (eight of which he still holds).

■ Nine years of USMS All-American and All-Star awards.

■ A total of 110 individual and nine relay top 10 successes.

Bedford will be unveiled at a ceremony on August 8th in Dover, NH

YOUTH TRACK Lebanon athletes win state victories

LEBANON – Athletes from the Lebanon Recreation and Parks Department’s youth athletics program achieved seven individual first-place finishes and more than three dozen top-3 results in the Granite State Track and Field virtual championships earlier this summer.

Kate Clary topped the list with two individual wins and one season. Clary was the front runner among girls aged 9 to 10 in the 200-meter run (32.94 seconds) and the 400-meter run (1:18.15). She also teamed up with Carter Breedlove, Ellie Morris and Avila Martin to win the 4×100 season (1:12:10). Adelie Premore prevailed among the girls 11-12 in the 200 sprint (31.03).

Zander Averine was a double winner for Lebanon in the boys class 11-12, he managed the 100 sprint in 14.57 seconds and the 200 sprint in 27.96 seconds. Liam Kitchel won the boys’ 800 meter race (2: 30.22) and Dan Calderon won the 11-12 division of the 800 (2: 29.69) for Lebanon, whose 9-10 boys also won the 4×100 season won by Parker Massey, Logan Mills, Charles Desmarais and Jameson LaHaye (1: 12.60).

Lebanon’s individual results in second and third places included:

Piper Davis (girls 9-10): third, 50-meter run.

Carter Breedlove (Girls 9-10): second, 100 lines; third, 400 lines; third, standing long jump.

Parker Massey (Boys 9-10): third, 100 strokes; second, 200 lines; second, 400 lines.

Charles Desmarais (boys 9-10): third, 400 lines.

Duncan Barnett (boys 11-12): second, 400 strokes; second, 800 run; third, softball throw.

Ellie Morris (girls 9-10): second, standing long jump.

Jameson LaHaye (Boys 9-10): third, softball throw.

Annie Hanna (girls 13-14): second, 400 pass; third, 200 lines.

Ryder Desharnais (boys 13-14): second, 200 lines; second, 100 lines.

Rowan Laundry (girls 11-12): second, 200 lines.

Lebanon produced two third places in the 4×100 season. Emerson Widmer-White, Raeka Mikecz, Andrea Calderon, and Piper Davis took third place among the girls ages 9-10, and Warren Ramsey, Duncan Barnett, Sean McCown, and Logan Massey took third place among the boys ages 11 to 12 years. Lebanon was unchallenged in the 4×100 relay for the girls 13-14, while the 11-12 girls won their 4×100.

Times and distances were recorded at a meeting in Claremont last month and then compared with athletes from across the state to determine the final ranking.

RUNNING Hurricane Hill Run suspended for Saturday

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION – The Hartford Parks and Recreation Department is hosting Hurricane Hill 5K / 10K on Saturday and is seeking both participants and volunteers.

The race is part of the Western New Hampshire Trail Running Series, with the 10K division serving as the series event. Parking and registration take place at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center, and the race begins approximately three quarters of a mile from UVAC. A bus takes the participants to the start-finish line.

Pre-registration ends on Friday at The same day registration cost is $ 20. Registration on race day begins at 7:00 a.m., the race starts at 9:00 a.m.

Hartford Parks and Rec is looking for volunteers to help with both the course and registration, water stops, awards, snack tables and timekeeping. Visit or call 802-295-5036 for more information.

GOLF NEHSA charity tournament

GRANTHAM – The New England Healing Sports Association, based in Newbury, NH, is hosting its 17th fundraising golf tournament at Eastman Golf Links on August 9th.

The tournament raises money to help NEHSA sponsor outdoor recreational and sports opportunities for adults and children with disabilities. The tournament will include a variety of on-court competitions for participants, including a long drive against a PGA instructor.

The cost to play is $ 125 for a single person and $ 500 for a foursome. Contact Carly Bascom at [email protected] for more information.


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