Villagers post strong performances on opening day of Florida Senior Games

Several residents of The Villages gave top performances on opening day of the 2017 Florida Senior Games in Clearwater on Saturday.

There were 24 age-group swimming records set at the Long Center Pool.

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John Cornell of Lady Lake set records in the 100 backstroke and the 100 breaststroke while competing in the 90-94 age group.

Carol Teel

In the women’s bowling doubles, Carol Teel, of the Villages, teamed with Milton’s Cristy Morawski to set a new all-time best score of 1392 and also set a new record in the 60-64 age group.

The previous best women’s double score was 1302 and the previous best 60-64 age group record was a 1224 rolled by Teel and fellow Villager Mary Chamberlain in 2016.

James Huber, of The Villages, was a member of the Palm Harbor Golden Spikers, a 50+ volleyball team, which defeated the Madeira Beach-based Ref Shop to take the gold medal.

Ref Shop was the defending champions and won the title three of the past four years.

John Horwath

At the Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex, The Villages’ John Horwath, the 2016 Florida Senior Games Male Athlete of the Year, became the first archery athlete in the history of the Games to compete in the 95-99 age group.

He established the age group record in the Compound & Release event shooting 789. He also holds the 90-94 Compound & Release record and three age group records (80+, 85+ and 90+) in the Compound & Finger event.

Ocala’s John Harden shot 872 out of the possible 800 to win the gold medal of the Compound & Release in the 50-59 age group. It was the overall high score of the event Saturday.

Tim Walker of North Fort Myers, established a new all-time high score in the Release event when he shot 834 in the 55-59 age group. The score was the first 800 total in the history of the Florida Senior Games.

The score broke the previous high of 796 set by Jeffrey Wiseman, of The Villages, in 2007.