Paul Olliges is a local masters swimmer that is still breaking speed limits even though he has reached the half century mark. No, we are not talking about any kind of negligent driving.
Olliges recently swam in the Pacific Northwest Masters Swimming Championship on April 14 and 15 in Federal Way. Olliges not only won the 100 yard backstroke, he set a new record being the first 50-54 year old male to break the minute barrier. His winning time was a blistering 59.46 seconds beating the previous record of 100.09 by more than a half second.
Olliges’ success was not limited to the 100 backstroke. He was the overall top point earner in the men’s 50-54 year old age group. Olliges finished first place in the 50 and 200 yard backstroke just missing record swims in both events by less than a half second.
He also finished 2nd in the 1,000 and 1,650 yard freestyle and 3rd in the 100 yard freestyle.
Olliges previously swam for the Huskies at the University of Washington in the late 70’s when the program was a powerhouse. He grew up in Tacoma swimming for Wilson High School under the direction of Dick Hannula who is the most successful high school swimming coach in the history of Washington high school swimming.
Olliges is currently a Lake Stevens resident who lives on the lake with his wife and their two teenagers who both attend Lake Stevens High School.
When he is not working in sales and marketing for Precor, an exercise equipment company in Bothell, you can often find Olliges honing his swimming skills early in the morning at the Lake Stevens High School pool with his workout partners.
He also competes in triathlons. Local triathletes are surely familiar with Olliges as he is typically the first to exit the water at the end of the swimming leg regardless of age.