2017-06-14 / Springfield

Margaret Nickerson, 83, wins Vermont’s first medal at 2017 National Senior Games

SPRINGFIELD — With a bronze medal in the Women’s 80-84 age group’s 100-yard backstroke, Margaret Nickerson of North Springfield has captured Vermont’s first medal of the 2017 National Senior Games which are currently being held in Birmingham, Alabama through June 15.

Eighty-three year old Nickerson’s time of 2:16.23 was close behind gold medal winner Mary Vass of North Carolina in 2:09.88 and silver medal winner Ann Aceves, of New Mexico, who finished in 2:10.91. Nickerson also competed in the 50-yard breaststroke on Monday June 5, finishing fifth in 1:16.82.

She’s not done yet. She has competed in the 200-yard backstroke and 50-yard freestyle on Tuesday June 6 and the 50-yard backstroke and 100-yard freestyle on Wednesday June 7. National Senior Games event results can be found at http://swim-meets.tingleyllc.com/17NatSrGames/.

Thirty Vermont senior athletes are in Birmingham to compete in more than 80 events. All these athletes, coming from towns all over the state (East Burke to Brattleboro) qualified for the National Senior Games by competing and winning in 2016 in the Vermont Senior Games Association’s events.

Daily updates and photos from the National Senior Games competition are available at http://nsga.com/2017daily. Stories about Vermont competitors will be posted periodically on the VSGA website: http://vermontseniorgames.org/ and on the organization’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/VermontSeniorGames/?fref=nf.

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