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49-Year-Old Phyllis Reffo Walks on to Pepperdine Swim Team

Phyllis Reffo has walked onto the Pepperdine swimming and diving team at the age of 49, becoming the latest athlete to prove that age cannot hold someone back. Reffo says she began swimming six years ago to maintain her fitness after undergoing major knee surgery. She was noticed by the swim coach at Santa Monica College, who invited her to begin practicing with the team. Reffo ended up swimming for SMC for two years.

When she applied to colleges, she contacted Pepperdine’s swimming coach, who helped her apply at the NCAA’s eligibility center. Despite her age, Reffo learned she had two years of eligibility left. She’s taking advantage of the eligibility and will be competing in the 100- and 200-yard individual medleys and the 50 and 100 breaststroke events.

Reffo was a model in her early days and also worked in the world of finances. Now, she runs a Pilates studio in addition to swimming and attending school at Pepperdine.

She has a very cool story, and we’ll be wishing her success. But if she really wants to break some records here at LBS, she has to swim for another 12 years to compete with this guy.

Thanks to Bryan D. Fischer for the story


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  • Anonymous

    hot grandma

  • Anonymous

    hot grandma

  • Anonymous

    hot grandma

  • Mikey D’Rookie

    p.s. I bet she never spit out a kid!

  • Mikey D’Rookie

    p.s. I bet she never spit out a kid!

  • Mikey D’Rookie

    p.s. I bet she never spit out a kid!

  • Mikey D’Rookie

    p.s. I bet she never spit out a kid!

  • Mikey D’Rookie

    p.s. I bet she never spit out a kid!

  • Anonymous

    MILFalicious.

  • Anonymous

    MILFalicious.

  • Anonymous

    MILFalicious.

  • Anonymous

    MILFalicious.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VWHINJT5LRNHK7NGJE55MYVT7Q Juan Contreras

    Congratulation, I wish much success.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VWHINJT5LRNHK7NGJE55MYVT7Q Juan Contreras

    Congratulation, I wish much success.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Two children from what we can tell.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Two children from what we can tell.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Two children from what we can tell.

  • Mike Vanucci

    not sure i would use “spit out” to describe the process…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Connolly/100000224440826 Mark Connolly

    She is awesome best of luck I’m 52 and want to be heavyweight champion.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Connolly/100000224440826 Mark Connolly

    Age is just a number and considerably more physical pain!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EEVTACSNTYY3VSEHSMSRWNQGRQ Chris

    Awesome.  Society is a bunch of lazy cowards who tell people to “hang it up” as they approach 40 simply because they are too fat to do anything themselves.  Yeah, enjoy getting up every morning with aches and pains you couch potatoes!  Talk about a shi–tay attitude!

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    You and Evander Holyfield have that in common

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1254392384 Josh Truax

    So how long before she starts smack-talking at Dara Torres?