Christie Hayes ’71, a 1997 William Smith College Heron Hall of Honor inductee, won five medals and set four national records in the women’s 70-74 age group at the Nationwide U.S. Masters Swimming Spring National Championship, May 10-13. This year’s USMS National Championship was held at Indiana University’s IU Natatorium.
Hayes began her meet on Thursday, May 10, winning and setting a record for her age group in the 1,650-yard freestyle. She stopped the clock at 23:07.52, nearly two minutes faster than the second place finisher in her age group. Her 1,000 freestyle split time of 13:57.42 was also an age group record.
The next day, Hayes was right back at it, swimming the 200 freestyle. She again won her age group and set a record, touching the wall at 2:27.55. Hayes added a third victory and fourth record on Saturday in the 500 freestyle. She stopped the clock at 6:42.57, 33 seconds faster than the second place finisher in her age group.
Hayes also swam the 50 and 200 breaststrokes at the championship, finishing second in both events. On Friday in the 50, she finished with a time of 39.98, 13-hundredths of a second behind the top finisher. In Saturday’s 200 breaststroke, she stopped the clock at 3:19.82, missing out on first place by six seconds.
At William Smith, Hayes was a member of the Heron swimming and diving and tennis teams. In the 1967-68 season, she became the first William Smith swimmer to compete at the New York State swimming championships. She competed by herself against 12 other colleges and earned enough points to carry the Herons to an eighth place finish in the team standings. She won a silver medal in the 50 freestyle and a bronze medal in the 100 freestyle at the meet and added a fifth place finish in the 100 individual medley. The next year, Hayes won both the 50 and 100 freestyles and led William Smith to a fourth place finish.
In 1986, Hayes competed in her first Master’s World Swimming Championships in Japan, she won gold medals in both the 100 and 200 breaststrokes and won a silver medal in the 50 breaststroke and the 200 individual medley.
Out of the pool, Hayes was one of the founding officers of the Heron Society in 1983. She has served has president and vice president of the Heron Society and was a William Smith Admissions representative.
Hayes was inducted into the Heron Hall of Honor in 1997.
Hayes’ brother Bill, a 1973 graduate of Hobart College, also competed at the USMS National Championships and won a gold medal as part of a relay.