Just keep swimming

By Nicky Hickling

March 16, 2014 Updated Mar 16, 2014 at 11:45 PM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) You don't have to be a college athlete or professional sports star to participate in athletics. A diverse group of swimmers are keeping their competitive spirits alive by participating in Masters Swim.

Nearly 55,000 swimmers are members of United States Masters Swim, more than 100 of which participate in the Binghamton University Masters Swim club, or BUMS.

The organization accomodates everyone across the swimming spectrum.

"We have ex-collegiate swimmers, we have people new to swimming, we have triathletes that have joined us," said Binghamton University Masters Swim coach Dan Kornblatt.  "The lanes are divided by ability, not age or sex."

So it's not unusual to see men and women swimming side by side, or twenty-year-olds swimming with eighty year-olds.

"This makes the meets a lot more fun becaue you don't have a fast person swimming next to a slow person, everybody is going off in heats in relation to their own ability," Kornblatt said.

BUMS held their thirty-first annual spring competition today, and is looking ahead to competing at nationals in August.

"We're gearing up for that [nationals] and we're hoping for a top three finish," Kornblatt said.

Placing top three in the nation may seem like an unimaginable goal, but the BUMS team is no stranger to success-- they took sixth place last year in the short course nationals competition.

The team is always looking for new members.

For more information on how to join, click here.