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...And in New England -- January 16, 2000

New York was not the only state to see a Masters world mark fall. At the New England Masters Short Course Meters Championships held last month, one world record and six USMS marks--five of them relays--bit the dust.

Connecticut Masters' Ruth Morrill, 76, set a USMS and world mark in the 200m backstroke for women 75-79, becoming the oldest woman ever to swim the event under four minutes. The old world mark, 4:00.43, was held by Great Britain's Willie Van Rysel, set back in 1991.

All five relay USMS records were set by New England Masters teams, with three of the marks falling to New England's intrepid female natators in the youngest age group.


The relay marks were as follows:
Women 76-99 200m medley relay New England Masters 2:09.67
(Katherine Veazey, 26; Elizabeth Boehm, 25;
Sandie Stringfellow, 24, Leslie Allen, 24)

Women 76-99 400m free relay New England Masters 4:14.74
(Sandie Stringfellow, 24; Leslie Allen, 24;
Michelle Hackmer, 23; Corinne Murphy, 26)

Women 76-99 200m free relay New England Masters 1:54.83
(Corinne Murphy, 26; Leslie Allen, 24;
Michelle Hackmer, 23; Sandie Stringfellow, 24)

Men 100-119 400m medley relay New England Masters 4:01.21
(Greg Wriede, 22; Jonathan Banville, 29;
Mark Goldman; Stu Cromarty, 35)

Mixed 100-119 400m medley relay New England Masters 4:25.03
(Rob Berry, 31; Scott Van Kuilenberg, 34;
Sandie Stringfellow, 24; Michelle Hackmer, 23)

(information submitted by Ed Gendreau)