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ESPNW Profiles 2016 Female Masters Athlete Of The Year Debbie Cavanaugh

Debbie Cavanaugh (top right) and the Fighting Flamingos have won multiple championships
Oct. 20, 2017

Huntington Beach, CA - October 20 - profiled 2016 Masters Female Athlete of the Year Debbie Cavanaugh this week. 

For most of her life, Debbie Cavanaugh has been a competitive swimmer. At 59, she and her husband still get up early most mornings for 90-minute pool sessions covering 2,500 to 3,000 yards. She's churned across pools for decades, through high school and the University of Miami, where she was part of national championship teams. These days she swims in masters meets. Debbie Cavanaugh was a competitive swimmer for most of her life -- and credits her swimming skills with her ability to pick up water polo quickly.

But about 11 years ago, she went rogue. Cavanaugh donned a different kind of cap, took off her goggles and started chasing a yellow ball. For the first time since high school, she played water polo.

It's become her No. 1 sports passion.

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