By Steve Thomas
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA. May 14. FOUR World and 44 Australian National records were broken at the 26th AUSSI Masters National Championships held at the Melbourne International Aquatic Centre, April 4-8.
Margaret Cunningham set the world marks in the women’s 75-79 age group in two events, recording 1:29.19 in the 100 free and 4:04.43 in the 200m IM. The Queenslander also broke National records in the 50 breast (54.08) and 200 free (3:25.74). Pam Hutchings matched her older competitor with world records in two of the dorsal events for the 65-69 age group. Hutchings clocked 1:28.60 in the 100 back to take 3.38 seconds off the previous world record and 3:15.69 in the 200 back to lower the global mark by 0.33 of a second. She completed a fine meet by slashing national records in the 50 back (39.86), 50 free (34.90) and 100 free (1:18.35).
Victorian Diane Bockisch (55-59) lowered National marks for the 50m (37.80) and 100m (1:28.61) butterfly.
Other National records to fall in the women’s events were Donna Dalzell (50-54), in the 100 back, clocking 1:23.97, Sue Harbottle (50-54) covered the 100 breast in 1:29.41, with Tricia Legge (65-69) 1:45.28 in the same event. Barb Vickers (75-79) also lowered the record for the 200 breast, by just over seven seconds, to record 4:35.14 and in doing so broke the record for the 100 (2:13.61).
Clarice Artis (85-89) rewrote three National backstroke records. She set new marks for the 50, 100 and 200 of 1:31.50, 3:10.45 and 6:48.48 respectively. Not content with this performance she also lowered the National records for the 400 free (13:31.05) and 800 free (28:32.71).
Bob Barry matched the veteran setting new National records for the same backstroke events in the men's 70-74 division. His times were 39.86, 1:26.89 and 3:04.99 respectively. Barry also lowered records for the 100 and 200 free (1:12.59 and 2:41.18).
Michael Maloney (60-64) lowered the National record for the 100 and 200 breaststroke with times of 1:23.34 and 2:59.23 respectively. Three other men also lowered the breaststroke record over the 100m for their age group. Mark Taylor (45-49), Dieter Loeliger (65-69) and Jonathan Davis (70-74) set times of 1:18.14, 1:33.86 and 1:41.23 respectively.
Other National records included John Stackpool (45-49), who clocked 26:12 for the 50 free, Max Van Gelder (70-74) swam 31.70 also for the 50 free, Stuart Sumerville (80-84) 52.26 in the 50 fly and Peter Schuster (45-49) clocked 2:23.12 for the 200 fly.
Complete results can be found Results section under Masters Meets – International, or click the link below.