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Recreation Briefs: Etna Resident Sets Swim Mark

  • Fritz Bedford

    Fritz Bedford

  • The Wilmot Warrriors 12-and-under baseball team will play in a seven-team AAU division against opponents from Maine and New Hampshire. Courtesy photograph

    The Wilmot Warrriors 12-and-under baseball team will play in a seven-team AAU division against opponents from Maine and New Hampshire. Courtesy photograph

  • Fritz Bedford
  • The Wilmot Warrriors 12-and-under baseball team will play in a seven-team AAU division against opponents from Maine and New Hampshire. Courtesy photograph

White River Junction — Another meet, another record for Etna masters swimmer Fritz Bedford.

The 50-year-old provided the highlight performance of Sunday’s UVAC Spring-in-Vermont Masters Meet at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center by breaking a national 3-year-old age-group mark in the men’s 50-yard backstroke. Competing in the 50-54 age division, Bedford clocked a time of 24.57 seconds to eclipse the United States Masters Swimming standard of 24.75 set in April 2011 by Florida’s Steve Wood.

On top of that, Bedford added a pair of New England marks in the span of just 90 minutes of competition. Bedford broke the regional age-group marks in the 100 backstroke (53.23) and 50 butterfly (23.69).

Bedford’s teammates on the UV Rays masters swim team also set several meet records:

Kim Lloyd (women 40-44): 50 breastroke, 36.25; 100 fly, 1:04.31; 100 individual medley, 1:06.06; 200 IM, 2:24.84.

Jennifer Rybeck Houde (women 50-54): 1,000 freestyle, 13:02.33; 200 fly, 2:55.96.

Mary Gentry (women 50-54): 100 back, 1:12.83; 200 back, 2:38.76.

Sheila Flanigan (women 50-54): 200 IM, 2:51.59.

Barbara Hummel (women 65-69): 100 breast, 1:24.87.

June Carson (women 65-69): 100 free, 1:18.00.

Michael Mundy (men 45-49): 1,000 free, 12:19.60.

Cliff Pollard (men 65-69): 100 breast, 1:33.70.

Trent Toensing (men 75-79): 50 free, 33.33; 50 back, 44.05.

On the Run

WNHTRS Starting Up

Hanover — The Western New Hampshire Trail Running Series will begin its 2014 season in traditional fashion with the non-points Dirty 5K on Sunday at the Storrs Pond Recreation Area.

The race welcomes experienced runners back to the trails while also serving as an introductory event for people interested in giving trail running a try. Sunday’s race begins at 9 a.m. and costs $10 per competitor.

The WNHTRS series will encompass nine events throughout the Upper Valley, starting with the Wicked Wildcat Wander in Langdon, N.H., on May 24 and wrapping up with the Lost a Lot Trail Race in Lebanon on Sept. 20. Details on the races and online registration is available at www.wnhtrs.com.

Tuck Run for Kids Saturday

Hanover — The Tuck Run for the Kids hits the big 3-0 on Saturday with three events set at Dartmouth College’s Tuck School for Business.

The event will encompass 5K and 10K races for runners along with a one-kilometer kids’ fun run. The cost for the races is $15 for ages 18 and under, $25 for all others in advance and $30 the day of the race. The fun run is free of charge. The running starts at 9 a.m.

All runners will receive a free water bottle, and other prizes will be available after the race. All net proceeds from the Tuck Run for the Kids will go to David’s House, the Child Life Program at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth and Upper Valley Child and Family Services.

For more information, contact Sara Malcolm at 802-649-7226 or sara.m.malcolm.tu14@tuck.dartmouth.edu.

On the Diamond

U12 AAU Team Formed

Wilmot, n.h. — The Wilmot Warriors U12 baseball team has kicked off its inaugural AAU season with a roster of players from around the Upper Valley and Kearsarge region.

The Warriors will play in a seven-team division that includes squads from Maine and New Hampshire. The 12-player roster was culled from Grantham, Sutton, Andover, New London and Wilmot in winter tryouts held at Grantham Indoor and Colby-Sawyer College.

Josh Compton, Marcus Owens, Chuck Keyser and Dan Benedict will coach the Warriors. The program’s goals include providing travel-caliber competition with a longer schedule than is typically found in recreation programs.

At the Net

Try Tennis Free Day

White River Junction — The Hartford Parks and Recreation Department, in tandem with USTA Vermont Junior Tennis, will hold a Try Tennis Free Day clinic on May 17 at the Hartford High School tennis courts.

Children of all ages are welcome to take part in the clinic, which will run from 2-4 p.m. Come for a quick refresher, to try the game for the first time or simply for some fun and exercise.

Call Hartford Parks and Rec at 802-295-5036 for more information.

With Sticks

Players Sought For Floor Hockey

Lebanon — A Lebanon resident is actively seeking adults interested in forming a floor hockey league somewhere in the Upper Valley.

Jared Rhoads’ hope is to start an adult co-ed floor hockey league. A location, dates and other details would be worked out depending upon expressed interest.

For more information or to offer input, contact Rhoads at 978-335-8428 or play@uvfloorhockey.org.

On a Walk

Tunbridge Fundraiser

Tunbridge — To help offset the cost of their annual eighth-grade trip to Washington, the members of the Tunbridge Central School Class of 2015 will hold a three-mile walk and hike through the town on May 24 starting at 10 a.m.

The event will begin and end on Chester Drive, off Strafford Road. The cost to participate is $10 for all registrants over the age of 5. Those who can’t make the walk, which will not be a timed event, are encouraged to support others raising money for the trip. There will also be prizes for the top two fundraisers as well as door prizes for runners and walkers.

Applications are available online at facebook.com/TCSwashington2015; they may also be picked up at the Tunbridge Central School or Tunbridge Store. Forms may also be filled out prior to the walk. For more information, contact Christine Hoyt at christineahoyt@gmail.com or 802-889-9451.

On the Tee

UA Open Planned

Woodstock — Union Arena has scheduled its fourth Union Arena Open golf tournament for May 16 at Woodstock Country Club.

The day will feature a 1 p.m. shotgun start for this scramble tournament. A social hour will follow at 5:30 p.m. to kick off an evening that will include a dinner as well as silent and live auctions.

Registration information and a tournament flyer are available online at unionarena.org. Contact UA at 802-457-2500, ext. 11, or tournament director Ginny Eames at 802-457-4834 or golf@unionarena.org for more details.

On the Trail

Wednesday Walkers Getting Outdoors

White River Junction — The spring and summer season for the Hartford Parks and Recreation Department’s Wednesday Walkers program is under way.

Each walk begins with a meeting at the Hartford Municipal Building at 9 a.m. for transportation to that day’s trailhead. Each walk is designed to last about two hours. The schedule:

∎ May 21: Quechee Gorge, Quechee.

∎ June 4: Boston Lot Lake, West Lebanon.

Come the summer, series coordinator Jay McDonough will stretch out the walks to 3-4 hours on nearby mountains, with each group meeting at the Hartford Municipal Building at 10 a.m. Each walk is moderate to difficult in nature, intended to foster social interaction and visit places that participants may not have previously been able to experience. The schedule:

∎ June 25: Cardigan Mountain, Orange.

∎ July 9: Moose Mountain, Hanover.

∎ July 23: Mount Ascutney, Ascutney.

∎ Aug. 6: Smarts Mountain, Lyme.

In all cases, walkers are asked to wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring water and either a light snack or lunch. All walks are free of charge. Contact Hartford Parks and Rec at 802-296-5036 for more information.

With Rod and Reel

Fly Fishing School

Quechee — Peter Meijer of Wilderness Trails, in conjunction with the Hartford Parks and Recreation Department, will host a fly fishing school over the next two Sunday evenings at the Quechee Inn at Marshland Farms.

The school is open to anyone 14 years of age or older. Classes will meet on May 11 and 18 from 4:30-7 p.m. at Dewey’s Pond. The fee of $75 for Hartford residents and $90 for nonresidents will cover the five hours of professional instruction.

Call Hartford Parks and Rec at 802-296-5036 for details.