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Roper, Relay Set Masters World Records in Oregon -- November 25, 2005

PORTLAND, Oregon, Nov. 25. TWO Masters world records were broken at the Northwest Zone Short Course Meters Masters Championships, held November 19-20, at David Douglas High School in Portland, Oregon.

Gail Roper, 76, of Arizona Masters slashed more than two seconds off her own world record for 200 meters freestyle in the women's 75-79 age group. Roper clocked 3:07.56, well under the mark of 3:09.71 she established last year.

The Oregon Masters women's 200+ 200-meter medley relay team accounted for the other mark. The team of Valerie Jenkins (backstroke), Colette Crabbe (breaststroke), Joy Ward (butterfly) and Karen Andrus-Hughes (freestyle) touched in 2:16.23, erasing the three year-old standard of 2:16.56 set by Great Britain.

--Phillip Whitten


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