Barbara Dunbar, 50, and Karlyn Pipes-Neilsen, 37, both swimming for San Diego Swim Masters, set new world and national records during a short course meters meet hosted at the Allied Gardens Pool on Sunday, October 3.
Dunbar became the first woman over 50 to break 20 minutes for the 1500 meter freestyle, clocking 19:59.03 and also swam to a new global mark in the women’s 50-54 division in the 200 meter butterfly (2:44.84). She set national records in the 200 & 400 meter free (2:28.67, 5:09.43).
Pipes-Neilsen lowered her own world mark for women 35-39 in the 1500 meter freestyle by four seconds with a time of 17:36.24.
Other swimming news from San Diego: Four San Diego swimmers set new national long-distance records during the month of October. Barbara Dunbar est abolished records for women 50-54 in both the 3,000 yard and 6,000 yard swims with a times of 37:33.58, and 1:17:33.91 respectively. Pipes-Neilsen lowered her own 3,000 record for women 35-39 by over 42 seconds to post a time of 32:54.57 (avg. 5:28.5 per 500). Nancy North, 30, set a new record in the 6,000 for women 30-34 with a time of 1:13:05.76.