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Penny Taylor Leads the Way as Two US Masters Records Fall at Arizona Long Course Champs -- July 18, 2004

By Phillip Whitten

PHOENIX, Ariz., July 18. TWO US Masters national records fell yesterday on the first day of the two-day Arizona Masters State Long Course Championships, held at the Brophy East Swim Team (BEST) pool in Phoenix.

Carol "Penny" Taylor, a 1948 Olympian, had a hand in both records.

Swimming in the women's 75-79 age group, Taylor swam the 100-meter breaststroke in 2:02.25. The previous record, 2:02.94, was set by June Krauser in 2001. Russia's Olga Kokorina owns the world record at 1:52.44.

Later, the Arizona Masters women's 280+ 200m medley relay team consisting of Edie Gruender, Nancy Kinney, Taylor, and Sally Bolar combined to clock 3:15.39, breaking the old record of 3:19.65 set two years ago by the O*H*I*O Masters team of Val Lyons, Lily Kron, Betty Russ and Nancy Waite.

The world record, set last October by the Swim Kyoto 100 team from Japan, stands at 3:12.72.