Perth, Australia – Eight world records were bettered at the Pan Pacific Masters Champs held in Perth, Western Australia. The meet attracted more than a thousand Masters swimmers from 13 countries: Australia, Brazil, Chinese Taipei, England, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, South Africa and the USA.
New Zealand's Barry Young accounted for four of the global marks while Japan's Yoshiko Osaki had three. Both swimmers are in the 60-64 age group. South Africa's Terry Downes accounted for the final mark. Young, 60, stroked to records in the men's 60-64 age group in the 100m fly (1:13.25), 200 fly (2:53.92), 200 back (2:40.83) and 400 IM (5:51.70). Osaki, 60, a 1960 Olympian, lowered the global standards in the women's 60-64 200m IM (3:05.90), 100 fly (1:27.05) and 200 free (2:43.16). Downes, 50, dropped the 100m freestyle for men 50-54 to 56.69.
1972 Australian Olympic hero, Shane Gould, celebrated her return to competitive swimming by sweeping the freestyle events for women 40-44.
Seven Americans journeyed down to Perth and emerged with some heavy hardware. June Krauser (GOLD)was untouchable in the women's 70-74 age group, sweeping the 200, 400 and 800 free, the 200 IM and 100 fly. USMS President Nancy Ridout (TAM) duplicated the feat in the women's 55-59 division with wins in the 50, 100 and 200 free, and the 50 and 100 fly. OAHU's Ernie Leskovitz took the 200, 400 and 800 free for men 60-64, finishing second in the 100 fly and third in the 200 IM. Doug Woodring (TOC) won the 50 fly for men 30-34, and picked up a pair of bronze medals in the 50 free and 100 fly. Frank Warner (PNM) placed second in the 50 back, 800 free and 200 IM, and third in the 200 free.
Also finishing in the top 8 in their age groups were Matthew Shirley (RNM), men 35-39 and Janet Kavakas (PNM), women 65-69.