ORLANDO, Fla. — Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Coordinator of Officials Ed Reed added a silver medal to his growing collection of Masters honors as he touched the wall in 2:38.21 to finish second in the 200-meter long course freestyle in the 75-79 age group on Tuesday, July 31, at the 2018 Union Americana de Natacion (UANA) Pan American Masters Championships presented by SeaWorld and hosted by Rosen YMCA Aquatic Center in Orlando, Fla.
Swimming for Crimson Tide Masters, Reed, who entered the event with a seed time of 2:48.03, fell to champion Tony Ralphs (2:37.67) by 0.54 of a second. Keefe Lodwig (2:44.15), Will Gosnold (2:51.32) and James Elder (3:00.59) finished in third through fifth place, respectively, behind Ralphs and Reed. The quintet all bettered the previous UANA/Pan American Masters record in the 75-79 age group of 3:00.71 set on November 10, 2011 by Ondamar Silva
The runner-up finish marks Reed’s third Top Four mark in the 75-79 age group at the 2018 Pan American Masters Championships after previously finishing fourth in the 100-meter long course freestyle (1:11.68) on Monday, July 30, and notching a UANA and Pan American Masters record time of 7:01.55 to claim the 400-meter IM on Sunday, July 29. His 400-meter IM time eclipsed the previous record of 7:08.34 set by Graham Johnson on September 3, 2007.
Further, he was among six athletes in the 100-meter freestyle to surpass the previous UANA and Pan American Masters 75-79 record of 1:14.89 set by Graham Johnson on September 2, 2007. Richard Burns (1.08.46) won the event with James Elder (1:11.52), Ralphs (1:11.58), Reed (1:11.68), Lodwig (1:12.53) and Gosnold (1:13.90) following in second-to-sixth place, respectively.
Reed is slated to swim two more events with the 200-meter IM (Friday, August 3) and 400-meter freestyle (Saturday, August 4) still on his docket for the remainder of the week.
About Ed Reed: A 2003 inductee to the CWPA Hall of Fame, Ed Reed began his coaching tenure at Brown University in 1971 when he was named head coach of the men’s varsity swim team and club water polo team. In 1974, the men’s water polo team achieved varsity status as he built the program into an East Coast powerhouse.
Reed never experienced a losing season at Brown, compiling a career record of 420-159-5 in 20 years at the helm. In fact, during a nearly five-year span in the 1980’s his Brown squad did not lose a game against an eastern collegiate opponent. He led the Bears to 17-consecutive New England Championships and four Eastern Championships, including three straight from 1983-85, and a record ten Eastern Championship final appearances. Under Reed, the team made eleven NCAA tournament appearances, finishing sixth in 1983, 1984 and 1985.
Under Reed, Brown accomplished a pair of eastern collegiate water polo firsts. The 1984 squad finished the season with a #6 ranking in the American Water Polo Coaches’ Association poll, the best ever for a school from the east. The Bears’ 1986 home victory over 4th-ranked Pepperdine constituted the first time an east coast school defeated a top five nationally ranked team.
Seventeen student-athletes earned All-America honors while playing for Reed at Brown. He received Eastern Water Polo League Coach of the Year honors in 1987 and 1989. He was inducted into the Rhode Island Aquatic Hall of Fame in 1986, the Brown University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996 and the United States Water Polo Hall of Fame in 1999.
He also contributed to the sport on the national level, serving on the coaching staff of the United States Men’s National Water Polo Team from 1993-96. He worked with the 1995 U.S. squad that won the gold medal at the Pan American Games in Argentina and was an assistant coach for the seventh-place U.S. team at the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta. He was also elected President of the American Water Polo Coaches Association and served on several committees for United States Water Polo.
Reed was a two-time All-America as a swimmer at Springfield College, winning the 1965 New England Intercollegiate Championship in the 200 meter individual medley. He started his coaching career at Tufts University in 1966.
He retired in the spring of 2008 as the Aquatic Center Manager for the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala., but continues to give back to the sport of water polo as a referee evaluator as part of the CWPA Technical Committee and as the league’s Coordinator of Officials.
He and his wife Andy reside in Tuscaloosa and have two children, Scott and Kerrie. Scott is the head coach of the Macalester College women’s water polo team, carrying on the family water polo tradition, after serving as the head coach of the men’s and women’s programs at George Washington University.
Event 406 Men 75-79 200 LC Meter Freestyle ================================================================== Name Age Club Seed Finals ================================================================== 1 Ralphs, Tony 75 San Diego Swim M 2:52.00 2:37.67 2 Reed, Ed 75 Crimson Tide Mas 2:48.03 2:38.21 3 Lodwig, Keefe 75 Palm Beach Maste 2:40.00 2:44.15 4 Gosnold, Will 78 Dakota Masters-U 2:54.82 2:51.32 5 Elder, James 75 The Olympic Club 2:52.00 3:00.59 6 Da Silva Céo Neto, Po 76 Anmba-BRA 2:52.06 3:04.95 7 Hutchings, Dick 77 New England Mast 3:05.96 3:07.60 8 Miller, David 78 Georgia Masters- 3:20.00 3:14.01 9 Badgley, David 78 Oklahoma Masters 3:06.00 3:26.40 10 Fisher, Alex 79 Palm Beach Maste 3:25.00 3:34.43 11 Rodenfels, Bill 76 Florida Aquatic- 3:40.04 3:48.67 12 Rezoagli, Fernando 79 Circulo de la Fu 4:10.22 4:23.08 -- Burgess, Thom 76 Colorado Masters 3:20.00 NS -- Miller, Andrew 77 Florida Aquatic- 3:22.53 NS