US Masters Swimmer Suffers Cardiac Arrest while Swimming 1500 Freestyle at Masters Nationals

Courtesy of USMS:

On August 7, 2013, at the USMS Summer Nationals in Mission Viejo, California, USMS member Louis Slater, 65, of the Fig Garden Swim Team from Fresno, Calif., suffered a cardiac arrest while swimming the 1500-meter freestyle. He was treated by on-scene emergency personnel and transported to Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Slater’s family was notified.
Following the medical delay, timers and swimmers were offered the opportunity to continue with the remaining nine heats of the 1500 or reschedule to Sunday afternoon. Both parties wanted to continue and the competition resumed.

Slater will be honored with moment of silence before the competition starts on August 8. USMS extends it deepest sympathies to Slater’s family and teammates.

About U.S. Masters Swimming:
USMS is a national membership-operated nonprofit organization that provides membership benefits to nearly 60,000 Masters swimmers across the country. These benefits include insuranceSWIMMER magazinesanctioned events, and many others. USMS and its 52 Local Masters Swimming Committees (LMSCs) provide direct support to more than 1,500 smaller clubs and workout groups. Structure and organization of USMS programs vary and are driven by factors such as pool availability, instructor or coach availability, community support, and finances. The majority of locations offering USMS programs have coaches on deck. Coaches write workouts and provide feedback and instruction.

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Wow…just a heartbreaking tragedy. Anyone who has ever at attended a USMS National meet knows how much fun and what great levels of talent you see at every level.

I am from the Fresno region originally. I wonder if the guy had preexisting heart trouble, or if this was completely out of the blue? The 1500 race is no cake walk, especially racing.


R I P brother ! God knows exactly why it happened .

Aqua Momma

RIP, fellow swimmer.
My heart goes out to his family. I am so sorry this happened.
Sending big hugs out to the swimmers and volunteers at Mission Viejo.

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