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July 2, 2006

The Hutingers keep swimmers informed

The 2008 TYR Newsletter of the Year was awarded to "Maverick Lane Lines" edited by Florida Maverick Masters Margie and Paul Hutinger. Selected from over 300 USMS club and LMSC newsletters, it has ranked in the top five or ten, six times in the past ten years.

Margie and Paul Hutinger received the U.S. Masters Fitness Award in 2003. As directors of the Florida Maverick Masters, Paul and Margie spent a great deal of time that year promoting the Virtual Swim Series among their teammates and thus were co-recipients of the 2003 Fitness Award. In response to their efforts, the entire team is participating in at least one of the Virtual Swims. In addition, Paul and Margie are in the process of developing a new Virtual Swim, Swim around the Florida Keys, to be added to the growing list of possible swims. During the year, in addition to the V.S.S., Paul and Margie continually promote other fitness activities in which the entire team participates.

About Paul's bride, Margie Hutinger

from the Maverick Master's newsletter, January, 2000

Margie Hutinger, 60, started swimming in the family pond, in Ohio. She had formal swimming lessons at Miami (Ohio), and taught at summer camp. She was an age group swimming mom for her three children, in Port Washington, Wis. When they no longer competed, she coached novice swimmers in Wisconsin and Illinois.

In 1987, at age 47, with no competitive swimming background and tired of sitting through swim meets in the bleachers, she joined Wisconsin Masters. On the way to her first meet she almost chickened out driving to the pool. She hung in there, dove off the blocks, and was beaten in her very first event, 100 IM, by a woman 20 years her senior. Her oldest son told her not to worry, she just had more experience. Since then, she has competed in every event and frequently makes Top Ten.

Margie and Paul met at the Pan Pacific Meet in Indy, in 1989. Four years later, they were married on the deck of the North Shore Pool in their swim suits after a Sunday morning workout. She swam for St. Pete Masters for several years, and in November, 1996, was one of the swimmers who joined together to create a new team, the Florida Mavericks Masters.

She continues to provide leadership for the Mavericks. She writes the newsletter, which has ranked in the Top five among USMS team newsletters for two years. She is the Florida LMSC Top 10 and Records Recorder and was a delegate to the National Convention in 1999. In her spare time, she cycles and competes in triathlons. She and her husband Paul, live in St. Petersburg, Fla.

See also: Laps count, but so do smiles By Terry Jones, St Petersburg Times, published December 23, 2003