Masters Swimming: Krattli, Von Isser Set National Marks at Southwest Zone Championships

By Mark Gill

TEMPE, Arizona, March 9. UNSEASONALLY cool weather did not affect the swimming at the USMS Southwest Zone Championships, held in Tempe, Arizona, March 6-8. Some 235 swimmers showed up at Arizona State University pool to test themselves at the regional championship.

Three national records were set in the competition–all in breaststroke events. Caroline Krattli, 39, blasted her own national marks in the women's 35-39 age group. The San Diego Swim Masters ace clocked 30.40 for the 50 yard breaststroke, erasing her own standard of 30.59.

In the 100 yard breaststroke, she blasted an astounding 1:04.96, devastating her own record of 1:06.31 set last year. Next year, she ages up.

Max von Isser, 81, smashed his own 100 yard breaststroke record in the men's 80-84 age group. Von Isser glided to a 1:31.10 clocking, well under his national standard of 1:32.31.

Camilla Johansson, 27, a former member of the Swedish National Team, swam the 200 yard backstroke in 2:01.31, just two-hundredths of a second slower than Diane Graner's 25-29 mark set ten years ago.

Phoenix Swim Club, coached by Matt and Mark Rankin, won the team title for the first time.

Complete Results under "RESULTS"

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