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USMS SC Nationals Start in Indy with the 1000 Free -- April 27, 2000 Team-mates and coaches of the Dallas Aquatic Masters Bobby Patten and Jim Montgomery are all smiles after their age group victories in the 1,000 Free.

By Michael Collins

Bobby Patten, 35 and representing his new DAMM team (Dallas Aquatic Masters), was overall male champion in the 1000 with a time of 9:41.63 - just short of the National Record of 9:41.12 held by Franz Mortensen in the 35-39 age group.

Jill Hernandez, 39 representing the USA Water Bandits, was the top female swimmer in the 1000 with a time of 10:40.35.

Only two national age group records fell in the 1000. Celeste Miller, 50, representing Sierra Nevada Masters, swam 11:54.13 to sneak past Barbara Dunbar's 1999 record of 11:55.06. Ray Taft of San Mateo Master Marlins smashed the 80-84 record of 16:04.32 set by ALDO DA ROSA in 1998 with a blazing 15:30.69. That's averaging 1:33 per 100 which isn't bad even if you aren't 80!

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http://www.usms.org Ray Taft happy with his record breaking performance.

Results: 2000 USMS SC Nationals - 1000 Free

Results: 2000 USMS SC NATIONALS - 1650 Free