Recreation briefs: Etna’s Bedford headed to New England masters swimming hall of fame

  • Etna's Fritz Bedford will be inducted into the New England Local Masters Swimming Committee's hall of fame next month. Courtesy photograph

  • Etna's Fritz Bedford will be inducted into the New England Local Masters Swimming Committee's hall of fame next month.

Valley News Sports Editor
Published: 7/21/2021 9:32:45 PM
Modified: 7/21/2021 9:46:34 PM

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Fritz Bedford is going to the hall of fame.

The masters swimmer from Etna will be inducted into the New England Local Masters Swimming Committee Hall of Fame next month, the result of a career of record-breaking results in the pool. The hall, founded in 2010, recognizes outstanding members of the NELMSC in three categories: pool performance, open water/long distance and contributor.

Bedford has been chosen for induction in the pool performance category. His career goes back more than a decade and includes the following accomplishments:

■Nine masters world records in butterfly and backstroke events.

■Fourteen lifetime U.S. Masters Swimming national records (eight of which he still holds).

■Nine years of USMS All-American and All-Star honors.

■A total of 110 individual and nine relay top-10 achievements.

Bedford will be inducted at a ceremony on Aug. 8 in Dover, N.H.

YOUTH TRACK Lebanon athletes rack up state wins

LEBANON — Athletes from the Lebanon Recreation and Parks Department’s youth track and field program produced seven individual first-place performances and more than three dozen top-three results in the Granite State Track and Field virtual championships earlier this summer.

Kate Clary led the list with two individual wins and one in relay action. Clary was tops among girls ages 9-10 in the 200-meter dash (32.94 seconds) and 400-meter dash (1:18.15). She also teamed with Carter Breedlove, Ellie Morris and Avila Martin to claim the 4x100 relay (1:12.10). Adelie Premore prevailed among girls 11-12 in the 200 dash (31.03).

Zander Averine was a double-winner for Lebanon in the boys 11-12 division, taking the 100 dash in 14.57 seconds and the 200 dash in 27.96 seconds. Liam Kitchel won the boys 800-meter run (2:30.22) and Dan Calderon claimed the 11-12 division of the 800 (2:29.69) for Lebanon, whose 9-10 boys also won the 4x100 relay through Parker Massey, Logan Mills, Charles Desmarais and Jameson LaHaye (1:12.60).

Lebanon’s individual second- and third-place results included:

Piper Davis (girls 9-10): third, 50-meter dash.

Carter Breedlove (girls 9-10): second, 100 dash; third, 400 dash; third, standing long jump.

Parker Massey (boys 9-10): third, 100 dash; second, 200 dash; second, 400 dash.

Charles Desmarais (boys 9-10): third, 400 dash.

Duncan Barnett (boys 11-12): second, 400 dash; second, 800 run; third, softball toss.

Ellie Morris (girls 9-10): second, standing long jump.

Jameson LaHaye (boys 9-10): third, softball toss.

Annie Hanna (girls 13-14): second, 400 run; third, 200 dash.

Ryder Desharnais (boys 13-14): second, 200 dash; second, 100 dash.

Rowan Laundry (girls 11-12): second, 200 dash.

Lebanon produced two third-place 4x100 relay finishes. Emerson Widmer-White, Raeka Mikecz, Andrea Calderon and Piper Davis were third for girls ages 9-10, and Warren Ramsey, Duncan Barnett, Sean McCown and Logan Massey took third among boys ages 11-12. Lebanon was uncontested in taking the 4x100 relay for girls 13-14, while the 11-12 girls won their 4x100.

Times and distances were recorded at a meet in Claremont last month, then compared against athletes from around the state to determine final rankings.

RUNNING Hurricane Hill Run set for Saturday

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Hartford Parks and Recreation Department will host the Hurricane Hill 5K/10K on Saturday and is seeking both participants and volunteers.

The race is part of the Western New Hampshire Trail Running Series, with the 10K division serving as the series event. Parking and registration will be held at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center, and the race begins about three-quarters of a mile from UVAC. A bus will take competitors to the start-finish line.

Pre-registration ends on Friday at The cost for same-day registration is $20. Race-day registration begins at 7 a.m., and the race start is at 9 a.m.

Hartford Parks and Rec is looking for volunteers who can help on the course as well as with registration, water stops, awards, snack tables and timing. Visit or call 802-295-5036 for more information.

GOLF NEHSA charity tournament

GRANTHAM — The Newbury, N.H.-based New England Healing Sports Association will hold its 17th fundraising golf tournament at Eastman Golf Links on Aug. 9.

The tournament raises money to help the NEHSA sponsor outdoor recreation and sporting opportunities for adults and children with disabilities. The tournament will include a bevy of on-course contests for participants, including long drive against a PGA teaching pro.

The cost to play is $125 for individuals and $500 for a foursome. Contact Carly Bascom at for more information.

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