Nearly 40 National Records Set At US Masters Nationals; SwimMAC Elite Team Puts on Show

GREENSBORO, North Carolina, April 29. OLYMPIANS, national team members and Hall of Famers highlighted the 2012 United States Masters short course national championships, where 38 national records were broken over four days.

A few members of the SwimMAC-Carolina Elite team came to the meet to race in the new Greensboro Aquatic Center, which officially opened a few months ago. Cullen Jones, Josh Schneider and Tim Phillips were just a few of the USA Swimming national team members providing showstopping swims in their preparations for the Olympic Trials, while several established Masters swimmers, such as Karlyn Pipes-Neilsen, Laura Val and Clay Britt, were on record-breaking streaks.

One of the highlights of the meet was the men's 50 freestyle, in which Schneider, Jones and Nick Brunelli each broke 20 seconds, swimming in different heats. (Seeding at USMS nationals is by age group, not by time.) Schneider posted the fastest swim with a 19.36 in the 18-24 age group, with Jones touching at 19.53 in the 25-29 age group and Brunelli posting a 19.87 in the 30-34 age group.

Even SwimMAC head coach David Marsh got in on the action, swimming a 23.87 in the anchor leg of the men's 200 free relay (which saw a 19.12 from Schneider and a 19.20 from Jones).

Below is a list of the national records set at the meet.

18-24 age group
Women
Micah Lawrence, 100 breast: 59.97 (old record: 1:02.86)
Madison Kennedy, 50 free: 22.50 (relay leadoff) (old record: 22.95)
Katherine Mills, 200 fly: 1:54.62 (old record: 2:02.28)

Men
Tim Phillips, 100 fly: 46.86 (old record: 47.93)
Nelson Westby, 50 breast: 24.87 (old record: 24.98)
Elliott Keefer, 100 breast: 54.36 (old record: 54.65) Note: Westby also swam faster than the national record with a 54.45.
Keefer, 200 breast: 1:57.72 (old record: 1:58.34)
Josh Schneider, 50 free: 19.36 (old record: 19.64)

30-34 age group
Women
Megan Melgaard, 1000 free: 9:59.80 (old record: 10:03.05)
Melgaard, 500 free: 4:55.06 (old record: 4:59.08)

Men
Nick Brunelli, 100 IM: 49.81 (old record: 50.89)

40-44 age group
Women
Erika Braun, 100 IM: 57.95 (old record: 58.14)

Men
Steve West, 50 breast: 25.69 (old record: 25.84)
West, 100 breast: 55.79 (old record: 57.04)
West, 200 breast: 2:00.78 (old record: 2:03.37)

45-49 age group
Women
Fall Willeboordse, 100 IM: 59.39 (old record: 59.48)

Men
David Sims, 200 IM: 1:56.14 (old record: 1:58.20)

50-54 age group
Women
Karlyn Pipes-Neilsen, 100 back: 1:01.29 (old record: 1:02.67) Note: Leslie Livingston also dipped under the national record with a runner-up time of 1:02.61.
Pipes-Neilsen, 100 IM: 1:02.18 (old record: 1:03.72)
Pipes-Neilsen, 200 back: 2:13.99 (old record: 2:16.65)
Sue Walsh, 50 free: 24.91 (old record: 24.92)
Leslie Livingston, 50 fly: 26.31 (old record: 26.77)
Livingston, 50 back: 27.24 (old record: 27.46)

Men
Clay Britt, 100 back: 53.09 (old record: 53.88)
Britt, 100 IM: 54.42 (old record: 55.42)
Britt, 200 back: 2:00.59 (old record: 2:01.39)

60-64 age group
Women
Shirley Loftus-Charley, 1000 free: 12:06.00 (old record: 12:07.93)
Laura Val, 100 fly: 1:04.27 (old record: 1:06.86)
Val, 100 back: 1:06.08 (old record: 1:07.26)
Val, 200 back: 2:23.94 (old record: 2:38.26)
Val, 200 fly: 2:24.56 (old record: 2:37.22)
Val, 100 free: 56.45 (old record: 58.06)
Charlotte Davis, 200 IM: 2:31.45 (old record: 2:31.84)

Men
Jim McConica, 500 free: 5:11.17 (old record: 5:11.70)

70-74 age group
Men
Tom Landis, 200 free: 2:08.68 (old record: 2:09.57)

85-89 age group
Women
Marjorie Stone, 50 breast: 59.96 (old record: 1:01.46)

95-99 age group
Anne Dunivin, 1000 free: 50:44.12 (no previous record)

Relays
Pacific Northwest Aquatics, 200 free relay, women 65+ age group: 2:16.23 (old record: 2:17.20)
Florida Aquatic Combined Team, 200 free relay, men 85+ age group: 3:05.24 (old record: 3:38.91)

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