By Michael Collins
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand – Day 4 highlights from the IX FINA Masters World Swimming Championships are now posted in our results section or click below on the link. Here are the event by event highlights of the top times, world records and top American swims.
200 Back – Men
Martin Harris, 33 of Great Britain had the fastest overall time of 2:08.13 with Darryl Follows, 35 of New Zealand second in 2:09.65, and Nicholas Granger, 35 from France third in 2:10.38.
World Records were set in four age groups. Wieslaw Musial, of Canada broke the 45-49 record of Tom Wolf (USA) (2:21.66 ), going 2:21.19. Barry Young of NZ dropped his own 60-64 WR from 2:40.83 to 2:39.50.
Bob Barry of Australia stole Roger Franks (USA) 70-74 record of 3:04.42 with a 3:04.30. And the last record of the event went to a 90 year old German, Ric Reinstaedtler, who crushed Gastao Figueiredo's (BRA) record of 5:06.10 when he hit in 4:41.92.
Americans to finish in the top three included Marcel Rinzler with the fastest American time (2:17.15) for 2nd in the 30-34. Mark Pugliese went out a blazing 1:11.9 and just held on to touch just ahead of a fast closing Todd Spieker (2:32.73-2:33.07), for a 1-2 finish in the 50-54 age group. Thomas Maine (3:41.93) and Dale Webster (3:42.25) went 2-3 in the 75-59 age group. Finally, James Edwards won the 80-84 in 80 3:56.35.
200 Back – Women
The top 3 overall times went to Joanna Swatton, 32, from Great Britain (2:23.41); Australian Helen Whitford, 35, (2:34.53) & USA's Joan Schriger, 38, (2:35.13)
Six world records fell in the women's event too. Barabara Gundred of the USA lowered her own record a tiny bit from 2:47.60 to 2:47.52. Betty Ann Barnett-Sallee, of Hawaii was ecstatic to win the 55-59 in a WR time of 2:51.07 to take over 6 seconds off Satoko Takeuji's (JPN) 1997 time of 2:56.13 (see photo). Bonnie Pronk of Canada, better know for her breaststroking ability took 7 seconds off Betsy Jordan's (USA) 3:06.23 when she hit well ahead of the field with a 2:59.01. Pamela Hutchings of Australia lowered her own 65-59 WR by two seconds from 3:15.69 to 3:13.06. Bunny Cederlund, broke the 4 minute barrier (3:59.73) to take over 6 second off her own record in the 80-84 age group. Finally, Marjorie Sharpe from Stanford set a new 85-89 standard of 85 4:44.76 to erase Aileen Soule's (USA) time of 4:47.82.
Other Americans to finish in the top 3 were Betsy Jordan (3:26.43), 2nd in 65-59; Joan Campbell, 3rd in 70-74 (4:19.97), Betty Lorenzi, 1st in 75-79 (3:44.55); and Sally Joy, 3rd in 85-89 (5:47.49)
50 Breast – Men
Tomasz Duszynsk, 26, of Poland was the only swimmer to break 30 with a 29.90. Michael Holy, 31 CZE-SGLE was second in 30.24 and an incredible word record performance by 45 year old, Glen Christiansen of Sweeden (30.41), took a second off the previous record of 31.54 by Chester Miltenberger (USA). That was the only world mark to fall in the event.
Americans to make the top 3 included Douglas Woodring, 3rd in 35-39 (33.06); Luis Herretes, 3rd in 45-49 (35.61), Lee MacDonald, 2nd in 50-54 (34.14). The performance by US swimmers came in the 55-59 age group where Robert Strand (33.32), Donald McKenzie (33.37), and Gabor Menyharth (35.83) made a 1-2-3 sweep. The battle between Strand and McKenzie was extremely close as they both stretched for the wall but Strand came out on top by a mere 5-hundredths. Finally, Norman Stupfel placed second in the 70-74 (43.09)
50 Breast – Women
American Caroline Krattli again proved to be the top breaststroker in the meet (33.79) as she won the 40-44 age group by well over a body length and take over a second off the WR of 34.97 by Dagmar Hilbig (GER)
She was also the only woman to under 34 as the second fastest time went to 26 year old Maria Tataourova of Russia (34.75), and third was Siobhan Hartley from Great Britain who won the 30-34 (35.65)
Two other world records fell in the event. Both Monika Senftleben of Germany and Bonnie Pronk from Canada took a big bite out of Jayne Bruner's (USA) WR time of 41.43. Senftleben touch in an amazing 38.48 with Pronk also breaking 40 in 39.16. In the 65-69 age group Shoko Yonezawa swam a 42.78 to remove Edith Boehm (GER) as the record holder in 43.42.
The only other Americans to make the top 3 were Sally Joy (1:14.01) and Gertrud Zint (1:15.02) who took 1-2 in the 85-89 division.
100 Fly – Men
USA's Curtis Sawi had the fastest time in the event (57.67 ) on his way to winning the 30-34 age group which also had the 2nd and 3rd fastest times with Bruha Jochen of Germany (57.90) and Jiri Mikula, of the Czech Republic (58.50).
Only one WR fell in the event, in the 60-64 age group, and it was an epic battle between Japan's Koji Iwamoto (1:10.39) and William Muter of San Diego (1:10.88). Both eclipsed the previous mark of 1:11.46 set by Japan's Chitoshi Konishi.
Other Americans in the top three included gold medals for Kerry O'Brien, 45-49 (1:02.42), and Winthrop Wilson, 75-79 (1:38.28), silver for John Lenard, 70-74 (1:39.68), and bronze to both Mark Pugliese, 50-54 (1:05.47) and William Lauer, 65-69 (1:25.00)
100 Fly – Women
An American laid down the fastest overall female time as well with Sandie Easton, from Arizona as the only woman to under 1:06 when she touched in 1:05.44 to take the 30-34 age group. Only two other women even went 1:06's as Katherine Veale of GBR won the 35-39 in 1:06.63 and Susanne Simpson, who was ecstatic with here gold medal performance in the 40-44 when she swam a lifetime best of 1:06.91.
Two world records were broke in the event with Claire O'Dwyer of Ireland sneaking under the record of 1:27.05 Yoshiko Osaki (JPN) touching in 1:26.96 to win the 60-64 age group. Haike Holer of Germany took care of business in the next age group up going 1:34.83 to take nearly 2 seconds off Gail Roper's (USA) 65-59 record of 1:36.68.
Americans to bring hope top three medals were Arlene House-Delmage, 3rd in 40-44 (1:09.32), Jean Troy (1:58.51) and Lois Nochman (2:03.06) taking gold and silver in the 75-58, and Jae Howell winning the 80-84 age group in 2:41.92.