National Records Fall at the Pacific Masters Short Course Yards Championships

By Michael W. Moore

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., April 5. NINE US Masters national records were broken at the 2004 Pacific Masters Swimming Short Course Yards Championships held at the East Fieldhouse Swimming Pool at the University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California, April 2-4.

Friday saw the first records to fall, as the Santa Rosa Masters 45+ Men (John Morales, 45; Dave Hale, 48; Francisco Canales, 46; and Warren Schenstrom 46) lowered the 800 Free Relay mark from 7:46.17 to 7:45.15.

A couple of heats later the Davis Aquatic Masters 19+ men's team (Mark Callaghan, 24; Zebron Lemke, 23; Matthew Roper 23 and Andy Nonaka 24) lowered the standard by 3-1/2 seconds to 7:05.96.

Tod Spieker, in the first years of the 55-59 age group, lowered the 400 IM record from 4:52.84 to 4:48.59.

Under sunny skies Saturday morning, Suszanne Heim-Bowen lowered the 1000 Free mark in the women's 45-49 division from 11:21.39 to 11:04.39.

Early Saturday afternoon, led by their coach Hermine Terhorst, the Santa Rosa Masters broke the 400 Mixed Free Relay 45+ record by going 3:52.53. The Santa Rosa team was comprised of Dave Hale, Hermine Terhorst, Leslie Jaubert, and Harry North.

A fe heats later, the Olympic Club team of Scott Greenwood, Kelly Shea, Nicole Omphroy and Lee Waine set a new standard in the 25+ 400 Mixed Free Relay – 3:26.53.

The last records broken Saturday afternoon wwere by David Gildea, 60,
who took the men's 200 breaststroke record own to 2:26.90. Sunday morning, under cold foggy skies, David broke the men's 60-64 100 yard Breaststroke standard, lowering the mark to 1:08.72.

In the last event of the meet, the Walnut Creek Masters women's team of
Midge Kraetzer, Ann Hirsch, Joan Alexander and Dulkia Msura broke the women's 65+ 400 Medley Relay, lowering the standard to 6:33.81.

The Pacific Masters Championships are the largest Short Course Yards
meet held by a regional arm of United States Masters Swimming .

Results can be found at http://www.pacificmasters.org/comp/results.shtml

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