Stasia Kowalski, 92, uses a cane to walk. But she doesn’t need one in the pool.
The Louisville resident competed in her first meet Saturday, setting best times for her age bracket in the 50-meter and 100-meter backstroke and competing in a medley relay.
“Just because you’re in your 90s doesn’t mean life is over,” said Kowalski. “There’s always something exciting to do, if you want to.”
Kowalski didn’t learn to swim until she was almost 40 because she was afraid of the water, she said. Now, she swims two or three times a week in the summertime, usually completing 15 laps, or 30 lengths, of the pool.
That made her events Saturday a piece of cake, she said.
“This is easy! You get a little rest in between,” she said, laughing.
Still, all morning before she left for the pool, she was a “wreck,” fighting knots in her stomach from nerves. Once she got in the …
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