'Over the Hill Gang' still swimming, 50 years after national championship

Published: Apr. 3, 2019 at 12:36 PM CDT
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In 1970, some of the best swimmers to ever grace the Cedar Rapids prep scene combined their talents and won the Y National swim title. They did it for their long time YMCA swim coach Jim Gilchrist.

They repeated as champs in 1971. Fast forward 40 years and at the urging of Rob Cook’s wife Jane, who was dying of breast cancer, they reunited at the Y Nationals again. They became known as the Over The Hill Gang.

Now in 2019 the OTHG will come together again in Orlando to swim and continue renew friendships that started, for some, 50 years ago.