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Landre Earns Bid To Start at Swim Nationals

By: Mike Ray, Loomis News Correspondent
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Usually, children develop a passion for sports through the habits of their parents. But in Rebecca Landre’s case, the thirst for being a national level starter for USA Swimming happened the other way around. “I got involved in swim starting through my kids,” said Landre, a Loomis resident. “They were young and starting out in swimming and of course the parents are needed to help out. After that things kind of took off.” Not a competitive swimmer in her youth, Landre was drawn to the sport when her children — Weston, who will be a senior at Del Oro High School, and Lida, an incoming Del Oro freshman — both began swimming. “It was something I could do with my children and be able to contribute to the program,” said Landre about her early days when she began as a swim starter at the local level. After putting in a few years starting at the N-1 level, she started her ascent up the ladder and quickly was certified as a N-2 starter. She now is at the N-3 level and Aug. 2-6 she will be one of the starters when the U.S. Championships are held at Stanford. “It’s quite an honor,” said Landre. “There’s an application process that you have to go through and then the invitations are sent out. It was very nice to hear that I was selected.” Actually, Landre was being modest when you consider that there are thousands of applications received and just four starters are selected. “It’s very prestigious,” said Landre. “These swimmers have been working their whole lives for these type of meets and it’s almost the same for the starters who are selected. Landre was one of the starters at the recent Santa Clara Grand Prix meet, held in June. At these level meets, it’s not uncommon for Landre to rub elbows with the likes of swimmers Michael Phelps, Natalie Coughlan or Ryan Hawkday. “After a while it’s not really a big deal when you see these swimmers,” said Landre. “It’s like, oh there’s Phelps. You kind of get used to it.” Landre’s son Weston, now swims for the Sierra Marlins. He was a CIF Sac-Joaquin Section medal winner for Del Oro this past season as he placed third in the 100 backstroke and in the 200 freestyle. Lida, meanwhile, competes for the Loomis Dolphins. “Getting involved with swim starting was really easy,” said Landre. “It’s like being a parent. There are rules and you have to be fair. It works both ways.” ~ Staff report