The following swimmers were selected as "Mavericks of the Month" in 2001. Our first edition of "Maverick of the Month" was in 1998, and 2001 marked the fourth year for this popular newsletter feature.
E. Don McCullough, 85, was born in Columbus,
Ohio, in 1915. There were no high school swim programs, so he swam with
the Columbus Athletic Club. He competed for Ohio State niv, from 1935-1940,
with world record holder, Higgins, and Coach Mike Peppe. His best college
swim was 4th in breast, at Nationals. Following graduation, he joined the
Coast Guard, engaged in convoy duty. During this time, he married Betty.
After the war, Don taught high school phy. ed. and coached for seven years,
in Columbus. In 1951, he did circus work and promotion for Cole
Jean Troy, 73, was born in Tarbaro, NC.
She was fortunate that a WPA swimming pool was built in her small home town
of 5,000, in 1935. As a 9-11 yr. old, she swam every summer. This established
her skill in swimming and her love of the water. Troy matriculated at UNC
in 1948. The next three years she was the field director of the Girl Scouts
in Charlotte, which included the waterfront at summer camp.
Robert Williams, 74, had a unique birthplace, his home in Foxdale, PA. At Greensburg HS, he specialized in track and basketball. During his senior year, he enlisted in the Navy, where he served as a Radioman 3rd Class during WWII. After the war, he enrolled at Slippery Rock Teachers' College, where he majored in Health & Phy Ed. During these years, he competed on their swim and tennis teams. He was the captain of the tennis team when they had their all-time best season, a 10-1 record. Williams graduated at mid year, when teaching jobs were not available. Instead, he worked for the Greensburg YMCA for 10 years. In 38 years, he also worked at Cumberland, MD; Newark & Patterson, NJ. He married in 1949 and has four sons, a stepson and daughter and six grandchildren. As a 55 year old, Williams retired while in Dayton, OH, and began participating in Sr Games, in track, tennis and swimming. He has competed every year since then, winning the Golden Torch Award for the outstanding athlete in each age group. He joined the Mavericks their first year, has received Top Ten and Relay All American awards every year and is a top point getter at local meets. He lives in Port Richey, with Bunni, is pres of their condo ass'n, and successfully invests for them.
Rodney Swanigan, 50, was born in Pracy,
CA. He was a multi-athlete in high school, competing in swimming, water
polo and wrestling. After graduation, he coached in Stockton, CA, and surfed
in the ocean. Swanigan launched his musical career in the 4th grade, with
violin and guitar lessons, which he continued through high school. While
enrolled in a Jr. College in San Francisco, he played in a Jazz band, and
also did the musical arrangements. He stayed in shape with open water swimming.
In 1974, he moved to Nashville, TN, where he performed Country and Western
music for four years. When asked about his love life said, his eyes shifted
from side to side as he whispered, "Dolly Parton and I had a secrecy
agreement." Swanigan moved to St. Pete in 1980 and teaches at the Bringe
School of Music. He has recorded various rock groups and performed with
local bands. One gig was at the Italian Pavilion, with another guitarist.
The Hutingers have eaten dinner at the restaurant, while listening to his
contemporary musical renditions. Margie even accompanied him on the bongo
drums for one of his songs. He has belonged to Masters, since 1988, and
joined the Mavericks in 1999. He swam 100 fly on a Top Ten, 2nd place medley
relay. In 1992, he organized a Water Polo team, which played in a FL league
for many tears. "Elvis" celebrated his 50th birthday in paradise.
That's right, paradise. Karen, his wife, planned this surprise for two years.
She told him a little white lie, and said they were visiting friends in
Seattle. At the Los Angeles airport, she asked him where he thought they
were going. Lifting his hands overhead, eyes wide open, he shouted, "Hawaii?"
That's right, Hawaii. Ten glorious days in a bed and breakfast on the North
Shore of Oahu, lounging in