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One World, Eight National Masters Records Fall at New England Short Course Champs -- December 12, 2000

WALTHAM, Mass., Dec. 12. One world record and eight USMS national marks were broken at the New England Masters Short Course Meters Championship, held December 9-10 at Bentley College, in Waltham MA.

Jacki Hirsty, 48, set the sole world mark when she clocked 28.06 seconds for the 50 meter freestyle for women 45-49. The old record was 28.11, set by Laura val in 1996.

Andrea Hill set a USMS mark in the 200m breaststroke for women 25-29. Her 2:39.06 erased Wenke Hansen's 2:39.62 set two years ago.

The remaining national marks were all set by relay teams.
* The New England Masters men's 400m free relay (160-199) team of Fred Schlicher, Stuart Cromarty,
Rob Carr, and Kevin Stapleton clocked 3:43.35. The old record, held by DCAC was 3:46.15.

* The New England Masters men's 800m free relay
(76-99) team of Greg Wriede, Richard Bell, Thomas Stockl and Brian Fehlau went 8:40.24. The old mark was 8:56.41 held by Empire State.

* The New England Masters men's 800m free relay
(160-199) team of Kevin Stapleton, Fred Schlicher,
Brian Casey and Stuart Cromarty swam an impressive 8:18.71. The old record, held by Minnesota, was 8:25.47.

* The New England Masters mixed 400m free relay
(76-99) team of Brian Fehlau, Leslie Allen, Michele Hackmer and Greg Wriede touched in 3:58.40, breaking the four-minute barrier as well as the old record of 4:05.70 set by Santa Barbara.

* The New England Masters mixed 400m medley relay (100-119) team of Michele Hackmer, Greg Wriede,
Stuart Cromarty and Emily Wang went 4:18.94, chopping over seven seconds off the old mark of 4:25.03 held by the New England Masters-Cambridge team.

* The New England Masters mixed 400m medley relay (120-159) team of Kari Anderson, Brian Felhau,
Rob Carr and Roma Kusznir swam 4:18.78. Ojai-Santa Barbara owned the old mark, 4:20.53.