Roland Schoeman
Courtesy of: Peter H. Bick
PHOENIX, Arizona, July 13. WITH two weeks until the start of pool swimming competition at the world championships, Roland Schoeman looks on target for a great meet after posting swift unshaved times today in the 50 butterfly and 50 freestyle at the Arizona Masters long course state championships.

Schoeman started the day with a 23.26 in the 50 butterfly. That is right on his best time of the season, a 23.11 from the South African world championship trials that stands fourth in the world. Less than an hour later, he posted a 22.13 in the 50 freestyle, not far off the 21.88 he swam in April that puts him in a four-way tie for ninth globally.

Not surprisingly, Schoeman, 33, eradicated the Masters world records in those events in the 30-34 age group. His 50 fly time broke Ozzie Quevedo's mark of 24.15, and the 50 free sprint lowered the record of 22.53 held by Sabir Muhammad.


Schoeman was the 2005 world champion in the 50 fly and 50 free, and also won the 50 fly at the 2007 worlds. He has been a part of the past three Olympic finals in the 50 freestyle.


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