Several individuals and one relay posted times below the Short Course Meters World Records (as of 11/1/1999) at the Colonies Zone SCM Championships held at Rutgers University in New Jersey on December 9 and 10.
Laurie Hug, 35 (Colonials 1776), swam faster than Karlyn Pipes-Nielsen's time of 17:36.24, with a 17:27.84 in the 1500 freestyle. Laurie split a 9:15.44 at the 800, which is only .04 seconds off Karlyn's world record 9:15.40! Laurie touched with a flip turn instead of a hand touch at the 800 because she was really focused on the 1500, but it is quite possible she could have still set both records with a hand touch at the 800.
Doris Steadman, 76 (Garden State Masters), continues her ongoing world record setting ways in the backstroke as she lowered her own mark from 1:40.47 to 1:39.76. Doris holds the world record in the 50, 100, and 200 SCM backstroke in the 65-69, 70-74, and 75-79 age groups.
On the men's side, Curtis Sawin, 29 (Garden State Masters), debuting his new Speedo Recordbreaker Bodyskin suit, lowered his own national record in the 50 fly from 25.24 to 25.20, which ties Jonas Akesson's (Sweden) time from 1997. He destroyed the 100 fly world record of 55.85, held by Roberto Neto (Brazil) with a 54.98 (the National mark was 56.11, held by Martin Herrmann).
Olympic trials qualifier Wally Dicks, 37 (Montgomery Ancient Mariners), keeps on getting better and better, as he lowered his own world mark in the 100 breaststroke of 1:03.18 with a blistering 1:02.79. His 2:20.90 also broke Serge Score's (Canada) world record of 2:22.64. Wally now holds the national and world records in all three breaststroke events in the 35-39 age group.
The final world record of the meet was set by the Garden State Masters 200-240 year 200 medley relay team of Richard Alexander (56), Benn Doyle (42), Art Deffaa (52), and Jim Dragon (56). Their 1:58.22 lowered Gold Coast's 1998 time of 1:59.34.
Just missing Bruce Stahl's world mark of 23.80 in the 50 free with a very fast 23.83, Mike Fell, 39 (Montgomery Ancient Mariners), crushed Rick Abbott's 53.25 national record in the 100 freestyle with a 52.80.
62 new women's Colonies Zone Short Course Meters Meet records, 71 men's, and 17 relay records were set at this meet.
Complete results and meet records can be viewed at http://www.colonieszone.org/
Reported by Ed Tsuzuki