IRVINE, California, August 8. AFTER a day of relay swimming, the FINA Masters World Championships returned to the individual events in Montreal. Five world records fell on Friday, including a history-making swim in the women’s 200 butterfly.
In a race that was bound to gather much applause from the crowd in attendance, Nora Ronai of Master Icara Geraldo swim team in Brazil swam an 8:52.22 in the 200 butterfly to set a world record in the 90-94 age group. The 90-year-old became the oldest swimmer in Masters history to complete the event, and thereby set the first world record in the 200 fly in the age group.
Ronai’s splits per 50 meters:
1:55.04, 2:24.13, 2:31.25, 2:01.80
Allen Stark has been chasing Bob Strand in the pool for many years, and Stark finally got to the top of the mountain by taking Strand’s world record of 2:58.13 in the 65-69 age group with a 2:56.96. After sitting out a couple of years to recover from injury, Stark entered a new age group and celebrated with a world record while representing Oregon Masters.
38.66, 45.04, 45.53, 47.73
In the women’s 200 breast, Lo Knapp of Swim Utah swam a 3:09.89, beating Bonnie Pronk’s world record of 3:14.49 in the 60-64 age group.
43.83, 47.39, 49.08, 49.59
Two days after setting a world record in the 50 butterfly, Phoenix Swim Club’s Noriko Inada swam a 1:02.69 in the 100 backstroke, beating her own 35-39 mark of 1:03.04. Ellen Reynolds of Sawtooth Masters also picked up a second world record this week, posting a 1:09.28 in the 50-54 age group to beat her own record of 1:09.64.
We neglected to mention in our roundup of the world records set during Wednesday’s relay competition that Brian Jacobson swam a 23.43 leading off Minnesota Masters’ 200 free relay. That time broke his own world record of 23.60 in the 40-44 age group. In the actual 50 free event on Monday, Jacobson had just missed his own world record with a 23.61.