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Mark G. Booth

 

Mark Booth

 

 

Mark G. Booth started swimming in Wisconsin when he was nine in 1969. After moving to Arkansas during high school, Mark swam for the Little Rock Boys Club under Coach John Torbett. As the first high school swimmer at Little Rock McClellan High School , he set the state record in the 500 free. He won several state championships both as an age group and high school swimmer. Mark competed in two NCAA Division 1 sports, water polo and swimming, for Coach Torbett at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock from 1978 through the 1981 season. As a freshman, he set school records in the 200 fly, 1000/1650 free, and relays and improved them over the four years. The 200 fly and 800 free relay record set in 1978 was held until 1996, at which time the team was dissolved. During his first three years at UALR, the team record stood at 23-0. Mark was elected team captain in his junior and senior years. He obtained a Bachelor degree in Computer Science and a Masters in the same field.

After a 13-year absence from swimming, Mark rejoined the swimming world and swam with several different masters teams. He swam for the Phoenix Swim Club, setting state records in the 200 fly. At age 41 he won USMS Swimming Magazine’s 4 x 1 hour medley relay challenge, swimming a 4,200 yard butterfly leg. Mark set an Iowa state record in the 200 fly in 2004. In USMS open water nationals, Mark has placed 4th and 5th in 10k races and 14th in 5k races the last several years.

Mark and his wife, Michele, have been married for 27 years and have two children, Steven and Ashley. Mark is currently the Chief Information Officer of Reyes Holdings in Chicago