SARASOTA, Florida, June 7. WITH Tropical Storm Andrea blowing out into the Gulf of Mexico, sunny skies returned to Sarasota and the Pan American Masters swimming championships today. As a result, the first three Masters long course world records of the meet fell at the Selby Aquatic Center on the third day of competition.
Courtesy of: Bumpy Jones
Courtesy of: Bumpy Jones
Bumpy Jones continues to make the most of turning 80 years old this year, breaking his first Masters long course world record in the 80-84 age group today in the 200 backstroke. Jones, who broke seven short course yards national records on his birthday weekend in April, notched a world record time of 3:16.22 in the event today in Sarasota, dipping under the world record of 3:16.82 set in 2004 by Japan's Keijiro Nakamura. Jones obliterated the U.S. national record of 3:28.97, set last year by Clarke Mitchell. Mitchell managed to beat his national record today, posting a 3:27.80 but settling for second behind Jones.
A few heats later, Brazil's Eduardo Marocco, 45, broke the world record in the 200 back for the 45-49 age group with a 2:11.56. Rich Saeger, a 1984 U.S. Olympian, set the world record of 2:13.37 last summer. Marocco's time was the fastest among all age groups in the competition today.
Matt McGinnis, who will be remembered for taking out the field in the 200-yard freestyle under American record pace at the 2008 NCAA championships before fading to third, set his first Masters world record of his career with a 50.45 in the 100-meter freestyle, breaking the 13-year-old record held by Nick Shackell at 50.74 in the 25-29 age group. McGinnis, an All-American at the University of Texas, has a lifetime best of 49.21 from the 2008 Olympic Trials, when he likely wore a full-body technical suit.
After narrowly missing out on a world record in the 50 freestyle yesterday, U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier Erika Braun fell short of another record in the 100 freestyle in the 40-44 age group. Braun's time of 58.50 just missed out on Maria Doelger's 58.43 from 2003. Dara Torres' national record of 53.78 stands as a tall order, the swim being done at the 2008 Olympic Trials. Torres' swim did not count as a world record because it was not done in a sanctioned Masters meet.
Keefe Lodwig also missed out on a world record in the men's 100 free today, posting a 1:05.95 in the 70-74 age group to just fall short of Cav Cavanaugh's 1:05.40.
Results: Pan Am Masters, day 3