By Michael Collins
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand – Day 5 highlights from the IX FINA Masters World Swimming Championships are now posted. Check back here soon for a complete story and highlights of each event.
400 IM – Women
Americans Sandie Easton, 33(5:15.13) and Laureen Welting, 37 (5:18.79) had the two fastest overall times on their way to winning their age groups. Joanna Swatton, 32 of Great Britain had the third fastest time (5:23.31) to get 2nd in 30-34.
Two world records fell in the event. In the 50-54, USA's Danielle Ogier swam under 4:50 (5:49.58) to get Laura Val's (USA) record of 5:50.65. The other record fell in the 55-59 when Brigette Merten of Germany swam 6:17.14, taking down the old record of Yoshiko Osaki from Japan (6:18.94).
American women did well in the upper age groups with Betsy Jordan, 65-69 (7:30.42),
June Krauser,75-59 (8:27.30), and Jae Howell, 80-84 (11:31.96) each taking home gold medals. Silvers went to Lynne Lund, 60-64 (7:25.36) and Lois Nochman, 75-59 (9:17.93). Finally, Joan Hill Campbell (9:24.50) took a bronze in the 70-74.
400 IM – Men
Nicholas Granger, 35, of France had the fastest time of the event and also set the 35-39 WR when he touched in 4:42.45 to erase the previous time of 4:43.17 by USA's Jerome Frentsos. Dariusz Wolny of Poland had an impressive performance (4:50.95) to take second overall on his way to winning the 40-44 age group. The third fastest time went to Mexico's Alejandro Moreno, who won the 30-34 in 4:54.07.
Barry Young of New Zealand broke his own WR in the 60-64 with a time of 5:50.40. The old mark was 5:51.70.
William Muter of the USA was second in the age group with a 6:04.91.
The fastest American time went to Michael Collins (5:14.78) who was happy to take bronze in the 35-39 age group. Todd Spieker, swimming at the top of the 50-54 age group took home silver in 5:27.84. Vadim Kutsenko, was third in the 55-59 (6:10.54 ), as was William Lauer in the 65-59 division (6:52.67).
Graham Johnston, (6:36.10) and John Lenard, 71 (7:30.18) went 1-2 in the 70-74 age group.
Thomas Maine was second in 75-59 with a 7:42.77.
100 Breast – Women
San Diego's Caroline Krattli completed her sweep of the breastrokes with another 40-44 WR and the fastest time of the day by over 3 seconds when she touched in 1:13.82. The previous record was 1:16.81 By Germany's Dagmar Hilbig. The second fastest time went to Maria Tataourova of Russia who won the 25-29 division in 1:17.32. Lisa Dobson of Great Britain won the 30-34 division with the third fastest time of 1:18.38.
Only one other record fell in the event. In the 60-64 age group the same two swimmers who broke the record in the 50 were under in the 100. Canada's Bonnie Pronk took the gold and the WR over Germany's Monika Senftleben when she smashed Joan Leilich's 1:32.37 finishing in 1:27.64. Senftleben also finished well under the record in 1:31.05
Only four Americans other than Krattli picked up top three finishes. Waterpolo superstar Maureen O'Toole of the Olympic Club snuck in for a surprise 2nd in the 40-44 (1:22.88). Betty Christian won the 80-84 in 2:14.23, and Gertrud Zint (2:48.37) and Sally Joy (3:02.55) went 2-3 in the 85-89 group.
100 Breast – Men
Tomasz Duszynski of Poland also swept the breaststrokes with the fastest overall time of 1:06.50. The 2nd & 3rd fastest times went to Matt Wright of Australia and Michael Holy of the Czech Republic. They had a nail biting battle in the 30-34 with Wright winning in 1:08.81 to Holy's 1:08.87.
However, the best swim of the event went to Glen Christiansen of Sweeden, who completed his sweeps of the 45-49 age group breaststroke records when he touched in 1:09.38 for the 4th fastest time overall on the day. His time shattered the previous record of 1:11.80 by German Juergen Bruhn.
Two other records fell in the event Albert Kostitsyn of Finland touched in 1:18.28 to take over a second off of Drury Gallagher's record of 1:19.82 in the 60-64 age group.
The most exciting race of the event had to be the final heat of the 65-59 age group where three guys touched under the world record time of 1:24.16 by Manuel Sanguily. Thomas Walker of Great Britain touched first in 1:23.88 with Tony Goodwin of Manly Australia (1:24.07), and Bela Fabian of Hungary (1:24.08) just a touch back.
Another exciting race for USA fans was the final hear of the 55-59 age group where Americans went 1-2-4-5 with Robert Strand (1:15.47), Donald McKenzie (1:15.81), Jim Pelissier (1:23.57), and Gabor Menyharth (1:23.77)
The fastest American was Lee MacDonald who took 2nd in the 50-54 at 1:15.34. Jeffery Roy took third in the 45-49 (1:19.84) and Donald Baker was 2nd in 70-74 (1:37.47)
200 Mixed Medley Relay
Six USA relays participated with Walnut Creek taking 4th in the 120-159. The Olympic Club 120 team finished 2nd but was DQ'd for an early relay exchange. They made up for it in the 160 relay where Joan Schriger, Robert Strand, Scott Williams, and Laureen Welting combined to win in 2:02.51.
San Diego Swim Masters had two hot relays in the 240-279 age group taking 2nd and 8th. The 2nd place team of Betsy Jordan, Caroline Krattli, Bill Early and Don Baker was under the WR of 2:21.12 when the touched in 2:21.08, but a team from Europe was a little faster as SOIK HELLAS hit in 2:20.28 off a monster anchor leg of 27.14 by 64 year old Peter Bergengren.
In the 280-310 division Ontario Masters of Canada broke San Diego's WR of 2:50.73 when they touched in 2:50.28. The New England Masters team of Susan Livingston, Aageje Caron, Win Wilson, and James Edwards finished third to take home a relay bronze.