SANTA CLARA, California, May 4. NORIKO Inada had herself a strong day during the final session at the U.S. Masters Swimming Short Course Nationals held in Santa Clara, Calif.
Inada, 35, obliterated the women’s 35-39 100-yard backstroke record with a 54.83. That far surpassed the 56.14 set by Sheri Hart back in 2010. Inada doubled up in the 50-yard fly with a 25.50 to beat the 25.54 set by Susan von der Lippe back in 2003.
Katie Glenn, 37, clocked a 28.55 in the women’s 50-yard breaststroke. That swim blasted the 35-39 age group record of 29.63 set by Cynthia Lewis back in 2012. Anne Williams, 75, followed with a 44.02 in the 75-79 50-yard breast to beat Sylvia Eisele’s 2005 mark of 44.36. Rick Colella, 62, remained on fire this week, taking down yet another national record in the men’s 60-64 50-yard breast. He posted a 29.11 to beat his 29.26 from a year ago.
Richard Burns, 70, tracked down the men’s 70-74 100-yard back record with a 1:05.76. That swim cleared Yoshi Oyakwa’s record of 1:06.83 from 2004. Jill Hernandez clipped her women’s 50-54 200-yard free record with a 1:58.43. That swim lowered her previous time of 1:58.53 from a year ago.
David Radcliff, 80, who downed the 100, 200, 500, 1000 and 1650-yard freestyle records in the 80-84 division with 4 splits (200, 500, 1000, 1650) on day one and a 100 free record on day two, dropped his 200 free even further with a 2:26.59 in the individual event. That swim bettered his 2:30.66 split from day one, that already cut two seconds off Graham Johnston’s record of 2:33.31 coming into this meet.
James Elder, 71, and Richard Burns, 70, battled in the men’s 70-74 50-yard fly event with both beating Elder’s record of 28.61 from last year. Elder won the head-to-head today, 27.81 to 28.14. Daniela Barnea, 70, put up a 3:06.72 in the women’s 70-74 200-yard IM to lower Nancy Brown’s 2006 record of 3:07.70. David Sims, 51, then posted a 1:59.99 in the men’s 50-54 200-yard IM to crack the 2:00 for the first time in the division. His previous mark had been a 2:00.56 from last year.
The Olympic Club’s Fiona O’Donnell-McCarthy (28.02), Nolan Koon (24.55), Alex Cushing (22.79) and Katherine Raatz (22.94) blasted the mixed 18+ 200-yard medley relay record with a 1:38.30. That time beat the 1:39.06 posted by The Olympic Club back in 2011.