By Mark Moore
MISSION VIEJO, Calif., October 14. AS it usually is, the weather was picture perfect last weekend in Mission Viejo, the setting of the first SCM meet of the Southern Pacific Masters’ season. Over 100 swimmers from the southern California area participated in the meet hosted by the Nadadores Masters.
Once again, San Diego's Barbara Dunbar led the way through the pool as she did when she set several world records at the Long Course Nationals last August in Savannah. Dunbar, 55, set four new world records in the 55-59 age group. She recorded record-breaking times in the 400 meter free (5:01.53), 800 free (10;17.86), 1500 free (19:24.70) and the 200 butterfly (2:47.18).
Laguna Hills’ Woody Bowerstock, 91 (Coast Masters), clocked 43.01 in the 50 meter free, 39:33.78 in the 1500 meter free, 1:02.38 in the 5om back and 2:16.04 in the 100m back.
Another Southern California favorite from Golden West Swim Club in Huntington Beach was Rita Simonton, 86, who set a new time for the 1500 meter free. She completed the distance in 32:44.05.
The Mission Viejo Nadadores Masters will be the host for the 2005 Long Course Masters Nationals. The meet will be held August 11-16. More information can be located on their web site at www.mastersmvnswim.org