Adam Ritter at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials
Courtesy of: Peter H. Bick
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida, July 16. NCAA champion and Olympic Trials semifinalist Adam Ritter set his first two Masters long course world records over the weekend at the St. Pete championships.

Ritter, 28, swam a 1:51.39 in the 200 free, slicing eight tenths off the 21-year-old world record in the 25-29 age group. John Keppeler, like Ritter a former member of the USA national swim team, posted a 1:52.17 in 1992. Ritter's lifetime best is 1:47.57 from the 2009 U.S. Open, and he posted a 1:48.44 at the Olympic Trials last year.

Ritter split 26.15, 54.14 (27.99), 1:22.66 (28.52), 1:51.39 (28.73).


Ritter followed it up with a speedy 2:04.40 in the 200 IM, breaking the world record of 2:05.98 by Germany's Kamil Kasprowicz, set in 2010, and the U.S. national record of 2:06.33 set by Honza Vitazka in 2002. Ritter was the 2007 NCAA champion in the 200-yard IM, and boasts a long course lifetime best of 2:02.27 from 2008.

Ritter, representing Columbus Sharks Masters based out of Ohio, split 26.63 in butterfly, 31.85 on backstroke, 36.15 on breaststroke and 29.77 on freestyle.

Ritter's world records had to give him some sort of satisfaction after his six-year-old meet record of 1:47.42 from the World University Games was obliterated by Danila Izotov in the same weekend.