Longtime swimming group celebrates 35 years

Swimmers during the class

It's not often that you see a group of people stay dedicated to an activity for over 30 years.

For one group in Quincy, it's been 35 years of memories they'll never forget.

For these women, swimming isn't just a past time, it's a way of life.

And it's all thanks to Dick Chapin who started Dick's Dolphin's in 1978 at the Quincy YMCA.

Since then, five women have been with the group since it was started.

One of them is Dorothy Deters.

"I don't think there was anybody any more nervous about swimming than me," said Deters.

Luckily, Chapin convinced Deters to give swimming a try.

"Now, he was a star. You know I didn't know anything about swimming when I first came in," Deters said. "But he said you know we've never picked anybody up off the bottom of the pool yet."

While it's a fun social time for the ladies, Mary Reichert thinks there are plenty of health benefits in the group as well.

"I have lost some weight, but mostly it has kept me limber," Reichert said. "I feel like I am, you know it keeps you stretched out, it keeps parts of your body moving that you don't move on a normal basis. So that's got to be good for you. Just being around people is a great health benefit."

According to Reichert, when you join Dick's Dolphins, you form a close connection with the women.

"They're just the best group of ladies that I've ever been associated with," Reichert said. "And that's the thing that keeps you motivated to come, because you know if you miss a few classes, they're going to be calling you saying where are you at."

Reichert and Deters think that no matter the age, anyone can be a good swimmer.

"These ladies are a testament that you're never too old, and you're never too scared. You can do it," said Reichert.

The group meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays every week from 8:30 a.m to 9:30 a.m.

A reception celebrating their time together will be held on Saturday, January 18, at the Quincy YMCA at 11 a.m.