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Area swimmers scattered throughout national top-10 age rankings

Barbara Eisele of Lowcountry Masters racked up 26 individual top-10 rankings in her age group and Sun City Hilton Head’s Barbara Coughlin compiled 17 as U.S. Masters Swimming recently unveiled its final rankings for the 2015 competition season.

Eisele’s collection in the women’s 85-89 division included a No. 1 long-course ranking in the 200-meter breaststroke. Long-course pools measure 50 meters, as seen at the Olympics, while short-course pools can be 25 meters or 25 yards.

Eisele also was ranked No. 2 in four events and third in four more. Her name also appeared in three top-10 relay rankings for Lowcountry Masters.

Coughlin was No. 2 nationally in the women’s 70-74 division at three backstroke distances — 50, 100 and 200 meters. She also was part of four top-10 relays.

Sun City Hilton Head’s Nana Whalen earned 12 individual top-10s for women 75-79, topped by a No. 3 ranking in the 800 freestyle, and three relay rankings.

Yorilly Moreno of Lowcountry Masters topped the chart in two of his 10 top-10s, topping the chart in the 200 butterfly and 1,500 freestyle among men 25-29. He also was second at two other distances, and appeared on four relay lists.

Other Lowcountry Masters swimmers with multiple top-10s individually were David Painter (9), Bob Colyer (8), Pete Palmer (7) and D.J. Murray (5). Sun City Hilton Head’s Joanne Stewart had six individual top 10s.

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