BOSTON, Massachusetts, December 16. A snowstorm and freezing temperatures didn’t deter many of the competitors at the New England Masters short course championships last weekend, including world record holder Fritz Bedford.
Bedford, the older brother of Olympic champion B.J. Bedford, lowered his own world record in the 50 backstroke for the 50-54 age group by just three hundredths of a second, from 27.39 to 27.36. Bedford first broke the record in October.
Go Swim co-founder Barbara Hummel got into the record-breaking fun as well, teaming up with U.S. Masters Swimming membership coordinator Tracey Grilli, Joel Feldmann and Jacki Hirsty to put up a 2:22.18 in the women’s 200 medley relay. The foursome from New England Masters broke Oregon Masters’ record of 2:27.93 that was set back in 2005.
A younger squad from New England Masters wrapped up the meet with a 7:43.72 in the final event of the meet, the 800 free relay. The team of Tobias Work, Michael Emmons, Dan Moran and Eric Nilsson beat the 7:50.37 posted earlier this year by Japanese team RComet.