Southern Pacific Masters Association

SPMA Swimmers of the Year
Jeff FarrellJEFF FARRELL, age 60, has been selected as SPMA's Swimmer of the Year for 1997 for his record setting performances throughout the year. Jeff's most astonishing feat was winning the 50. 100, 200 Free, 50 Fly and 100 I.M. at the SCY Nationals in Federal Way and establishing National records in each. In the summer long course season, Jeff added several World records to the SCM World records he broke last winter.
Jeff grew up in Kansas and started his swimming career at age 12. At that time there were only two age divisions, junior (through age 15) and senior. Jeff went on to compete for Oklahoma University and was an NCAA finalist in the 110 and 220 yards freestyle. He went on to become a repeat national champion in those same events and became the first man to break 56 and later 55 for the 100 meters freestyle. He was clearly the front-runner for the 1960 Olympics in those events. Unfortunately, six days before the Olympic Trials, Jeff was stricken with an acute case of appendicitis, and did his taper in a hospital operating room. He was able to compete in the trials but placed third in both events with only the first two places eligible to swim those events in the Olympics. Jeff blames his third place in the 100, not on the appendicitis, but on over-confidence and a mental lapse which caused him to hit the lane markers 15 meters from the finish. Jeff's third places earned him a position on the 400 Medley relay and the 800 Freestyle relay and he anchored both relays to gold medals in the Rome Olympics.After 20 years of living abroad, Jeff returned to swimming in 1980, settling in Santa Barbara where he still lives with his wife and two children. He was motivated to return to the pool by a close friend of his who swims for the New England Masters. Each year they have a standing engagement as room mates at short course Nationals. Jeff also credits coach Judy Bonning, who was then the coach of Santa Barbara Masters, for playing an important role in his comeback. She brought him into the mod ern age of swimming, teaching him new techniques such as alternate breathing in the freestyle.
Jeff is a member of Ojai-Santa Barbara working out with the Santa Barbara group 3 to 5 times per week. He averages 2,500-3,000 meters (50 meter course) per workout doing 95% Freestyle, 5% IM. and other strokes Jeff does mostly short rest, endurance freestyle sets such as 5 x 4 x 100 or 40 x 50 with 5 to i 0 seconds rest. During taper phase, he adds some 18 yard sprints and shaves down for the big meet. Jeff very candidly acknowledged that his World record performances were due more to a "natural" feel for the water than his work out habits. He does make a point of learning two new tech niques or skills each year.

Maxine MerlinoMAXINE MERLINO has again proved herself one of the nation's most versatile swimmers, even at age 85! Maxine had an incredible Long Course Meters season bettering 6 World marks at the Regional Championship in Mission Viejo. She still holds World Records in several of these events in the 75-79 and 80-84 age groups.
Maxine's versatility is not limited to the water. Maxine grew up in Portland, Oregon where she attend ed the Museum Art School for three years as a scholarship student. Upon winning a national scholar ship to the Art Student's League, she moved to New York City. During her seven year residence in New York, she exhibited, had a one-woman show, did illustration, set designs, and was commissioned to do three murals for the Section of Fine Arts. One hangs in the Record of Deeds Building in Washington, D.C.
During World War 11, Maxine moved to California and served as a scientific illustrator for the Army Air Force. At the termination of the war, she returned to New York City for a short period of study, the returned to Hollywood, California to design stage sets and interiors. When Long Beach State University opened in 1949, Maxine changed the course of her interest from the professional world to the academic world becoming one of the original 165 students who comprised the first student body completing her MA. in 1952. Following this, Maxine joined the art faculty and simultaneously worked as the first technical director. In 1961, she obtained her doctorate at USC and in 1972 returned to Cal State University Long Beach as the Dean of the School of Fine Arts until she retired in 1976.
SPMA welcomes Maxine back to the poo1 after a short absence, and congratulates her on her record breaking year