27 World Records Fall at Aussie Masters Nationals

By Stephen J. Thomas

SYDNEY, March 22. THE overseas visitors in transit' to the World Masters Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand, took the majority of the twenty-seven individual world marks to fall at the AUSSI Masters Short Course Nationals held at the Sydney International Aquatic Centre March 16-18.

In all, twenty-three world records were broken by the international contingent.

Leading the charge in the men's events was South Texan based Graham Johnston with four new records in the 200/400 IM and 200/400 free. The 71-year-old took over fifteen seconds off the old 400 IM mark to clock 6:23.43 and more than four seconds off the 200 IM (2:55.58). His records in the freestyle events were 2:25.07 and 5:09.75.

Tom Landis from Oregon also set a new time for the 60-64 age group in the 200 free clocking 2:15.84, well under the old record of 2:21.31.

Wieslaw Musial from the Ontario Masters club in Canada, broke two backstroke records in the 45-49 age group. Musial took over three seconds off the 200 back to stroke 2:15.58 and shaved 0.35 seconds off the
100 back to record 1:03.04.

South African, Tim Shead lowered three records in the 50-54 age group. The Capetown based swimmer comfortably lowered times for the 100 IM (1:03.54) and 200 IM (2:22.23) and trimmed 8-hundredths of a second off the time for the 100 breast to record 1:09.88.

Alfredo Cherchi, the grand old man of Aussie Masters, wiped just over one and a half minutes off the 200 backstroke record in the 95-99 age group setting a time 7:01.87.

Among the women, US Masters champion, Danielle Ogier (50-54) and Canadian Bonnie Pronk (60-64) were outstanding with five world records from five swims apiece.

Ogier slashed the world marks over the three IM distances recording 1:13.12, 2:37.52 and 5:44.22. She also added the 200 and 400 free to her haul, clocking 2:20.61 and 4:54.01 respectively.

The British Columbia based Pronk had a clean sweep of the breaststroke events setting new times for the 50 (38.97), 100 (1:26.56) and 200 (3:06.48). Pronk continued her success by also lowered marks in the 200 IM (2:55.72) and 200 back (2:56.06).

German visitor Monika Senftleben, also competing in the 60-64 age group, also went under the old world marks in the 50 and 100 breaststroke. She swam faster than Pronk in the 50 clocking a hot 38.60 but recorded a slower time in the 100 (1:30.52). The old world marks were 41.35 and 1:30.58 respectively.

Aussi Pam Hutchings (65-69) set a new record for the 50 free, taking 1.40 seconds off the old mark to record a new time of 32.77. Hutchings also lowered the time for the 200 freestyle by just short of three seconds to clock 2:47.42.

Olga Krejci (65-69) swam 34.04 in the 50 free, 0.13 under the old record of 34.17 but well behind the record set by Hutchings.

Aussi Liz Wallis (75-79) took the world record for the 400 freestyle below the 7 minute mark recording a swift 6:57.33.

USSI Masters Nationals Sydney 16-18 March 2002

Event 1: 400m Freestyle
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Heat Lane
Name Club Sex Age Event Time State National World
……………………………………………………………………..

Danielle OGIER IUN F 50-54 400FR 04:54.01 – – 04:59.56

Liz WALLIS NML F 75-79 400FR 06:57.33 08:17.47 07:13.87 07:00.56

Graham JOHNSTON IST M 70-74 400FR 05:09.75 – – 05:14.18

Event 2: 100m Individual Medley
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Heat Lane
Name Club Sex Age Event Time State National World
……………………………………………………………………..

Danielle OGIER IUN F 50-54 100ME 01:13.12 – – 01:17.90

Timothy SHEAD ICT M 50-54 100ME 01:03.54 – – 01:04.97

Event 3: 200m Breaststroke
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Heat Lane
Name Club Sex Age Event Time State National World
……………………………………………………………………..

Bonnie PRONK IBC F 60-64 200BR 03:06.48 – – 03:18.25

Event 9: 50m Freestyle
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Heat Lane
Name Club Sex Age Event Time State National World
……………………………………………………………………..
Pam HUTCHINGS NSP F 65-69 50FR 00:32.77 00:34.32 00:34.32 00:34.17

Olga KREJCI ISL F 65-69 50FR 00:34.04 – – 00:34.17

Event 10: 100m Backstroke
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Heat Lane
Name Club Sex Age Event Time State National World
……………………………………………………………………..
Wieslaw MUSIAL ION M 45-49 100BA 01:03.04 – – 01:03.39

Event 11: 200m Individual Medley
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Heat Lane
Name Club Sex Age Event Time State National World
……………………………………………………………………..

Danielle OGIER IUN F 50-54 200ME 02:37.52 – – 02:47.01

Bonnie PRONK IBC F 60-64 200ME 02:55.72 – – 02:59.95

Timothy SHEAD ICT M 50-54 200ME 02:22.23 – – 02:24.32

Graham JOHNSTON IST M 70-74 200ME 02:55.58 – – 02:59.81

Event 12: 200m Freestyle
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Heat Lane
Name Club Sex Age Event Time State National World
……………………………………………………………………..
Danielle OGIER IUN F 50-54 200FR 02:20.61 – – 02:24.43

Pam HUTCHINGS NSP F 65-69 200FR 02:47.42 02:53.49 02:53.49 02:50.40

Tom LANDIS IOR M 60-64 200FR 02:15.84 – – 02:21.31

Graham JOHNSTON IST M 70-74 200FR 02:25.07 – – 02:28.55

Event 13: 100m Breaststroke
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Heat Lane
Name Club Sex Age Event Time State National World
……………………………………………………………………..
Bonnie PRONK IBC F 60-64 100BR 01:26.56 – – 01:30.58

Monika SENFTLEBEN ISG F 60-64 100BR 01:30.52 – – 01:30.58

Timothy SHEAD ICT M 50-54 100BR 01:09.88 – – 01:09.96

Event 16: 400m Individual Medley
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Heat Lane
Name Club Sex Age Event Time State National World
……………………………………………………………………..
Danielle OGIER IUN F 50-54 400ME 05:44.22 – – 05:56.24

Graham JOHNSTON IST M 70-74 400ME 06:23.43 – – 06:38.98

Event 19: 50m Breaststroke
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Heat Lane
Name Club Sex Age Event Time State National World
……………………………………………………………………..

Monika SENFTLEBEN ISG F 60-64 50BR 00:38.60 – – 00:41.35

Bonnie PRONK IBC F 60-64 50BR 00:38.97 – – 00:41.35

Event 20: 200m Backstroke
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Heat Lane
Name Club Sex Age Event Time State National World
……………………………………………………………………..

Bonnie PRONK IBC F 60-64 200BA 02:56.06 – – 02:57.92

Wieslaw MUSIAL ION M 45-49 200BA 02:15.58 – – 02:18.98

Alfredo CHERCHI NTR M 95-99 200BA 07:01.87 : . : . 08:32.34

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