McConica, Roper Set Masters World Records at Long Beach

DeCember 10. JIM McConica and Gail Roper each set two Masters world records last weekend at the SPMA Regional Short Course Meters Championship meet from Dec 2-4. The meet was held at the Belmont Olympic Plaza Pool in Long Beach.

Swimming in the men's 55-59 age group, McConica, of Ventura County Masters, set records in the 200-meter freestyle and 200-meter backstroke. In the 200 free, the former USC ace touched in 2:03.64, erasing the previous mark of 2:06.20 by Todd Spieker.

Spieker was the victim in the 200 back as well, as McConica's 2:20.59 sliced just over a second from his standard of 2:21.80.

Gail Roper's marks came in the women's 75-79 division, where the 1952 Olympian began her assault by hacking over 25 seconds from her own standard for 1500 meters freestyle. Roper's time of 26:37.02 destroyed her former mark of 27:02.62 set one year ago.

In the 100-meter fly, Roper, swimming for Arizona Masters, touched in 1:49.36, three-quarters of a second under the previous record of 1:50.11 by Sylvia Neuhauser of Austria.

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