Teacher and swim coach competing at Masters National Championships

2013-05-10T22:00:00Z 2013-05-11T00:18:11Z Teacher and swim coach competing at Masters National ChampionshipsJohn Burbridge john.burbridge@nwi.com, (219) 933-3371 nwitimes.com

Lisa Szafranski doesn't walk on water, but she has been called on to assist several resurrections.

"We're in a rebuilding stage right now," Szafranski said the E.C. Central swim program, which she took over this school year.

"We only had a handful of swimmers this year, but I think there is enough interest where we can grow."

Szafranski has also signed on as an assistant coach for the Merrillville Marlins Swim Club.

"It's a new club ... so we're rebuilding there, too," Szafranski said of the Marlins, who are filling a void left by an earlier Merrillville-based club that recently folded.

Szafranski is also in the process of resurrecting her own swimming career as she is taking part in the U.S. Masters National Spring Swimming Championships this weekend at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis.

"It's a good thing it's close enough this year where it doesn't cost an arm and a leg to travel to it," said the 32-year-old Szafranski, who is competing in the 50 and 100 freestyles, 50 butterfly and the 200 individual medley.

A teacher at Wentworth Junior High in Calumet City, where she is a resident, Szafranski swam for T.F. North. Two years ago, she started swimming competitively again when she caught wind of the masters program offered by the Munster Swim Club.

"We usually train in the evenings after the age-group swimmers are done practicing," said Szafranski, who follows a training program prescribed by MSC coach Matt Lee.

"I used to run road races, but running got boring," Szafranski said. "Even when I was running, it seemed like I was always near or in a pool. One of my other jobs was a lifeguard."



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