David Wright, a former Pulaski County teacher and coach, who retired 6 years ago after 44 years of teaching and 50 seasons of coaching runners, swam in the National Masters Swimming Championship Meet in Richmond August 3rd thru 7th. The meet was held in a 50-meter pool.
The top ten swimmers in each event received medals. Wright competed in the 1500 meter free, the 400 free, the 400 Individual Medley (100 fly, 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke, and 100 free), the 200 fly and the 100 fly. It was the first time he had competed in the 1500, 400 individual medley and only the second time he had competed in the 400 free.
He was top ten in all five events. He placed 8th in the 400 free in 6.31, 7th in the 100 fly in 1.54, 6th in the 1500 in 26.20, 6th in the 400 IM in 8,24 and 4th in the 200 fly in 4.19.
There were 17 national records and 22 world records set in the meet.
Wright, who has over 90 gold medals in the va state games since 1990, and 4 in the state games of America in 2019, said this meet was more competitive than all of those swim meets combined!!