Waid garners six golds in 8th Army swim championships
CAMP HOVEY, South Korea — Christopher Waid pocketed six gold medals, winning four individual disciplines and two relay events in the 8th U.S. Army Swimming Championships Saturday at the Hovey Indoor Pool.
The 28-year-old Army specialist from Anniston, Ala., qualified for the 8th Army championship in striking fashion three weeks ago when he won four gold medals and broke two meet records in the 2nd Infantry Division Warrior finals at Camp Casey’s Hanson Swimming Pool.
On Saturday, Waid, who is assigned to Camp Stanley, clocked the 50-meter freestyle in 25.88 seconds, won the 100 backstroke in 1 minute, 21.67 seconds, took the 100 breaststroke in 1:20.17 and the 200 individual medley in 2:35.06. In all but the 50 freestyle, Waid won by margins of 15 seconds or better.
He then teamed with husband-wife tandem David and Kathryn Hostetler and Jason Piechowiak, each assigned to Warrior Country, to win the 200 medley relay in 2:19.55. Waid teamed with Piechowiak, David Hostetler and Aaron Meredith to give the Warrior Division a relay sweep, clocking a 1:51.39 to win the 200 freestyle relay.