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ATHLETICS
Family’s Swimming History
coaches and parents when there was not
enough time to get out for a meal.
Spans Generations
Swimming was a big part of the chil-
dren’s lives and remains so to this day.
Marni swam competitively through high
D
uring the yearlong recognition of When the Bethell children became school and volunteered as a swim teacher
the century of swimming at MAC, better swimmers, Coach Walt Schulter under Olive Mucha, Judy Derego and
the competitive swim program has been requested that they try out for the swim Ray Conlon. When Marni was able to
focusing on swimmers and coaches who team. All of the children became involved be Red Cross certified, she continued
have had an impact on the club’s swim- quickly and soon were traveling to working at MAC teaching swimming and
ming program. The year culminates in a swim meets at every opportunity; in the lifeguarding until her 20s. In the early ’70s
celebration Sunday, Oct. 18. summers it was just about every weekend. she was assistant swim coach under Mike
George and Marni Bethell joined MAC Soon, George and Marni became involved Hastings. Both Guerry and Craig swam
in 1948. As a former lifeguard and body in the swim meets and became officials and through high school as well. Guerry quali-
surfer from the East Coast, George quickly lane timers. fied nationally and continued to swim at
became involved in swimming at MAC. With three children on the swim team University of Puget Sound in the 1970s.
He was one of the founders of the Early and the expenses mounting, the Bethells Later, several of George and Marni’s
Birds program, was King Polar Bear in decided to use their travel trailer for these grandchildren were also all in the swim
1957, and continued with that group until weekend trips. Soon many of the parents programs at MAC. Marni’s daughters
his death in 2005 at age 85. George also joined them, camping at state parks and competed in synchronized swimming and
served on the Swim Committee. sometimes in the parking lots of the pools she became a level 1 judge, following in
Considering how much time George where the meets were held. All of the her parents’ footsteps.
spent in the water it made sense for his camaraderie helped pass the time at the The Bethells are all still swimmers and
children, Marni, Guerry and Craig, to be long meets during the days of numerous deeply value the time spent in the MAC
introduced to swimming classes that were heats, prelims and finals for every event. programs. WM
taught by Jack Pobochenko and Olive The family was often seen in the parking
Mucha. lot cooking hamburgers for swimmers,
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