Larry Golden


2008 Larry Golden
Swimming had been a major part of my life since childhood. At age five, I began swimming in Kewanee, IL for the YMCA swim team. I began competing and at the age 8, I set a pool record of 13.8 seconds in the 20 yard Butterfly. That first pool record was in 1968 and stood until the pool was torn down in the late 1980’s. In the mid 70’s, my family moved to Hot Springs, Arkansas, and I again joined the local YMCA swim team. I attended Lake Hamilton High School had become the first swimmer on the school’s newly formed swim team. In 1978, I was recruited by UALR’s swimming and water polo coach John Torbett to compete in two NCAA Division 1 sports. I played Water Polo and helped lead the UALR’s Mens’ Swim Team to a 23-0 Dual meet record during my first three years. I was named Team Captain my junior year and was the 1981-1982
UALR Trojan Athletic Organization Student Athlete of the Year. After almost 20 years, I got the swimming bug again, and in 2000 I returned to competitive swimming as part of the Arkansas Masters. In 2003, I stepped up to the commitment and began training with Coach Paul Blair and the Arkansas Dolphins. I won the Master’s Short Course National Championship in 2005 in the 100 yard butterfly with a time of 54.08, which was also the fastest time in the nation for the year, earning me All-American honors. Later that year, I was named Arkansas Masters Swimmer of the Year for 2005. In 2002, I was second in the 100 yard butterfly at Masters Short Course Championships, I place 10th in the 50 Meter Freestyle, 11th in the 100 Meter Butterfly, and 12th in the 50 Meter Butterfly. Swimming has taught me lessons that have shaped me into the person I am today. I am grateful for the experience and consider myself very fortunate. .