The following swimmers were selected as "Mavericks of the Month" in 1998. Our first edition of "Maverick of the Month" was called "New on the Blocks," and was featured in March 1998 of the Maverick Lane Lines Newsletter.
Elmer Luke (71) may be a new Maverick, but
not a stranger to the sport of swimming. He competed in high school in Hibbing,
Minnesota, a hot bed of swimming in the 1940's. As a senior, he was the
state champion in the 220 free. While at Gustavus Adolphus College in St.Peter,
MN, he held school records in the 220, 440 and 1650 free. After college,
Luke taught high school physical education and coached the boys and girls
swim teams for 37 years. Luke joined Masters last year and enjoys setting
goals and making new friends. He became a Maverick in the fall, and swam
meets at Sarasota, Bradenton and Clearwater. His improved times will place
him in the
In our second edition or this new recognition, swimmer Dave Malbrough was the first Maverick who was called "Maverick of the Month."
*Dave Malbrough, 85, swam four years at Grinnell College, in Iowa, and graduated in 1935. He never lost a backstroke race for his college team, and as a junior, set the conference record in the 150 back. During his sophomore year, his undefeated team won the Missouri Valley Conference. As a longtime member of Illinois Masters, he helped organize their efforts to win the National Championship in Indianapolis, large team, in all three divisions. He will again join the Mavericks for the LC Nationals as we attempt to repeat as small team National Champs. At LC Nats, Detroit, 1979, Dave swam the 100 m back in 1:40; 15 years later, he swam it in 1:46. Dave and Paul roomed together in Brisbane, Australia, as members of Holmes Lumber Jax, who won the World Title in 1988. Malbrough aged up to 85, just in time for the Y Nationals and Masters SC Nats, where he won all his events. His most meaningful swims at Y Nationals were breaking T. K. Cureton's 12 year old record in the 50 back, 46.81; and Gus Langers 500 free, 9:55.12. Cureton, Professor Emeriti, U. of Illinois, Malbrough's mentor and friend, set up the national swimming program for the YMCAs in the early 40's and was an advocate for Vitamin E, at that same time. The Mavericks are indebted to Dave, an entrepreneur business man, for his excellent job of getting the towels for the team awards. Thanks, Dave!
*NOTE: Dave passed away on August 6, 2001. He will certainly be missed by his friends, family and his Maverick teammates.
Doris Prokopi, 62, learned to swim in her
German school, at age 12. The only stroke they taught was breast.
At age 21, she came to the United States. Her son, Eric, joined a swim team
when he was seven. Doris supported his efforts by driving him to practice
and to his swim meets,
Regan Kenner, will age up to 75, on Dec.
11, 1998. Regan grew up in England and received her first swim lesson from
her father at an outdoor pool, in October, when she was almost 5 years old.
She pursued swimming at a Women's Swim Club as a diver, then competed in
back, breast and free, from ages 9-15. She moved to the United States in
1946, after WWII. At 63, she