Five friends go swimming together at a local health club every weekday morning. They started this routine as a way to get in shape but also discovered that they enjoyed the camaraderie of swimming together. The health club where they met had a very nice Olympic-sized pool marked with separate lanes for the swimmers. Since all of them were about the same skill level, there was a bit of friendly competition in their daily exercise routine as well. Each day, they’d swim for about the same length of time, counting laps as they swam. After swimming and getting back into their street clothes, they’d stop to have lunch together and compare their morning performance. As it happened this particular week, each friend won their friendly competition on a different day. Determine the full name of each friend (one friend was Sara), which day each friend won the competition (one day was Tuesday), which lane each friend swam in on their winning day, how many laps each friend swam on their winning day (one swam 28 laps) and how long it took.
1. The woman who swam 25 laps took 25 minutes but not in lane 4. Ms. Black didn’t win on Monday. Friday’s winner swam in lane 6.
2. The lane that Marion swam in was one number higher than the lane of Monday’s winner but two lanes lower in number than the woman who swam 26 laps on her winning day.
3. The women who did their laps in 25 minutes were Ruth, the woman in lane 3, and the woman who won on Thursday.
4. Pat, whose last name wasn’t White, swam in lane 7 but not for 29 laps.
5. Bette, whose last name wasn’t Young, won on Wednesday. The woman who swam 30 laps in lane 5 wasn’t Marion Stable.
6. The woman whose last name was Young swam for 30 minutes. Ms. Orion swam for 26 laps.
April 18, 2009