50 Years, 50 Titans: Jim Turner

Posted by Heather Scibetta on Mar 17 2021 at 04:30PM PDT

Time for another walk down Titans memory lane. Let us introduce you to one of the original swimmers of Titans Swim Club, Jim Turner

Jim was a “charter member” swimmer for the Titans in 1971 (we were called the Seahawks back then), when the club was started by Kenmore East coach Lee Herbst and Kenmore West coach Bob Puffpaff.

As a swimmer he was a “pure breaststroker” and dreaded swimming anything else. Jim was co-captain of his 1973 – 1974 Kenmore East Bulldogs team where he swam for Coach Herbst (his Titan’s coach) and, later swam under coach Sanford at the University at Buffalo.

As a coach for Titans, Jim was partially responsible for broadening our swim club’s horizons by taking the team to some of its first out-of-state meets such as Cleveland, OH. As well as qualifying some of our first swimmers for the Empire State Games that used to be held in Syracuse, NY. Jim was honored by being asked to be an assistant coach for the scholastic girls team for the Empire State Games several times in the early 1980’s.

Jim’s time spent with Titans, both coaching and swimming, were extremely special times for him – he even met his wife through the Titans! Many lifelong friendships were created, many of who he stays in contact with.

Quick Q&A with Jim:

Q: When did you become a member of the Titan family?
A: 1971, original team swimmer

Q: What is your favorite Titan memory?
A: Making friendships with coaches and swimmers. Staying in contact with past swimmers, seeing them with families of their own.

Q: What is your least favorite stroke or event?
A: Any event that wasn’t the breaststroke.

We love being able to throw it back 50 years with our Titans family! Especially when there are pictures involved. Thank you Jim!


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