Cindy Baxter Receives 1980 Ransom Arthur Award
Started Masters at age 40
Cindy Baxter started swimming in Masters meets when she turned 40 in 1972. In 1973 she became a national champion in the 100-, and 200-yard breaststroke. She achieved All American in 1974, 1976, 1978, 1979, and 1980. Cindy said "In the early years, it took different qualifications to become an All-American. I was on the Ad Hoc Committee that June Krauser appointed to change the way the Masters became All-Americans. I can't remember the year we changed it. I believe I was All-American with both set of rules." In 1978 she was named "World's Best" by June Krauser, placing first in the 400-meter IM, second in 100-meter back, 200-meter back, and 200-meter free, third in 200-meter IM and 1500-meter free, and fourth in 200-meter breast.
In 1979, she was awarded the Pacific Association Swimmer of the Year Award for helping promote Master swimming. But her most exciting moment in Master swimming history was receiving the 1980 Captain Ransom J. Arthur, MD. Award. She said, "Everyone likes a good or fast athlete regardless of age, but the feeling I had when others recognized me for helping promote the sport of Master swimming meant more to me than words can possible say. And to be recognized again this year at the national convention made me excitedly ecstatic."
Cindy said "It really has been a long time since I was capable of being an All American Master Swimmer." She has a good reason for having slowed down in the record books. In 1981, she had the misfortune of falling off her bike and breaking her scapula, shoulder and elbow on the right side, from which she never fully recovered. Then to make matters worse, in 1992, an object fell on her head and she developed two brain clots that rendered her paralyzed on her right side. Cindy said "I am lucky to be right handed as I have more control on this side. Even though I will never be able to regain the nerve and muscle damage, with physical therapy, I have been able to return to running and swimming."
January 1998 marks Cindy's 26th year as one of the coaches of Rinconada Masters. Living in Palo Alto, Calif., she still competes and made the national top 10 in 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, and 1993. She went to the 1997 Pan Pacifics in Maui, competing in the 65-69 age group, and medaled in all six of her individual events. She placed first in 50-meter back, second in 100-meter back, 200-meter back and 100-meter breast, third in 50-meter breast, and fourth in 200-meter breast.
Cindy said "I feel honored that anyone would like to have information on me for the Wide World Web... now I think I'll get back in the swim and try harder."