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2018-06-27 / Sports

Scherer wins medals at ESG Senior Games


Amherst resident Donald Scherer earned six medals at the 2018 Empire State Senior Games June 15-16 at Cortland State College. Amherst resident Donald Scherer earned six medals at the 2018 Empire State Senior Games June 15-16 at Cortland State College. Donald Scherer was a big winner at the Empire State Senior Games held June 15-16 at Cortland State College.

The 75-year-old Amherst resident won gold medals in the master’s division, 75-80 age group, in the 50, 100 and 200-yard breaststroke and the 50-yard freestyle, a silver medal in the 50 backstroke, and a bronze medal in the 100 individual medley.

“It was exciting to get a medal in all six events,” Scherer said.

Scherer is not a stranger to winning medals at the event. He has won 14 medals in swimming and another 17 in diving in a 25-year span at the event, including some in the Summer ESGs that were eventually cancelled after they were held in Buffalo in 2010.

Scherer dove at Buffalo State College where he went undefeated, including two State University of New York Athletic Conference Swimming Championships in 1963 and 1964.

In his senior year, he competed in the inaugural NCAA College Division Championships, placing fourth in the United States in the 1- and 3-meter boards, gaining him All-American status in both events. He is in Buffalo State’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

Scherer then started competing in the master’s division in swimming and diving and in national competition in his age group. He has finished in the top-10 in the 50-meter breaststroke and has finished as high as second in his age group in the 10-meter platform.

In 2014, he placed third in 1-meter diving in the 70-74 age group at the FINA World Masters Aquatics Championships in Montreal.

Scherer, a graduate of Williamsville Central Schools, has also been a certified high school swimming and diving official since 1965. He also served as a certified college swim and diving official for the annual SUNYAC swimming and diving event.

Scherer taught in Williamsville for 38 years and has been a substitute teacher for 15 years.

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