At 75 years old, Richard Durham refuses to give up the sport he loves.
Durham, an active swimmer, trains at the Wellness Center at Shepherd University. He swims three times a week, doing between 11,000-14,000 yards, as well as running and doing push-ups.
"When I think about it, I might do weights," he laughed.
He recently put that training to the test at the fourth-annual Germantown Masters Solstice Meet.
Durham swam for host Germantown, helping the team earn the team title.
Durham participated in four events, including swimming a top time in the 100-meter breaststroke of 2 minutes, 7 seconds.
He placed first in the event, edging the second-place swimmer by almost 30 seconds. Durham's time was good enough to set a team record for the event.
He also swam the 200-meter breaststroke. Durham was uncontested, finishing with a time of 4:48. The swimmer set a meet record in the event in the 75-79 male division.
"Did I really? Good for me," Durham laughed. "It wasn't a very good time. I'm not having success in the second half of the race. That's pretty exciting to not have a good race and break a record."
In relays, Durham swam the anchor leg in the mixed 280-319 200-meter medley relay. He teamed up with Linda Carter, Ronald Greger and Amy Cooley to finish with a time of 3:23. The team was uncontested in the event and set a team record.
Durham joined Carter, Carol Johnson and James Hillman in the mixed 280-319 200-meter freestyle relay. The team swam a 3:21 to earn first in the event.
The team beat out a fellow Germantown team for the victory, winning by 15 seconds.
A year ago, Durham and his teammates for the meet claimed the meet record in the event with a time of 2:48.
The meet featured more than 170 swimmers, ranging in ages from 18-86.
The Solstice Meet partnered with the ALS Association, helping educate attendees on the disease and the fight to cure it.