You know you’re old when swimmers that you watched and knew about as a kid now have children of their own who are becoming pretty darn good swimmers themselves.
Last weekend, one of our writers Collin Baldacci sent us a picture of the heat sheets from the 2013 Western Zone Age Group Championships in Roseville, California, and wouldn’t you know it, but in heat 4 of the boys’ 13-14 50 meter freestyle, Cy Jager representing the Inland Empire LSC and Cale Berkoff representing Montana Swimming were seeded side-by-side.
Berkoff would end up getting the better of the two in prelims with a 26.95 to Jager’s 27.07, but the younger Jager came through in the B final with a 26.79 to the younger Berkoff’s 27.22.
For the younger generation, Tom Jager was on the Olympic Teams from 1984 through 1992, winning 5 relay golds plus an individual silver and bronze in the 50 frees across those meets. David Berkoff was on two of those teams, in 1988 and 1992, where he also won a pair of relay golds, plus a silver and bronze individually in the 100 backstroke. He also set the World Record in the 100 back in 1988, which stood for over three years.
Jager and Berkoff both won gold medals for the 1988 medley relay, where in prelims Berkoff lead off and Jager anchored.