Shaffer, McConica Blast Masters One-Hour Swim Marks

By Phillip Whitten

VENTURA, Calif., Feb. 7. TWO Ventura County Masters (Calif.) distance standouts broke the USMS One-Hour national records in their respective age groups late last month.

Swimming in the men’s 40-44 age group, Mike Shaffer, 40, stroked 5,790 yards in the 60-minute endurance test, just nipping the former mark of 5,775 set by Jeff Erwin last year. Shaffer averaged 1:02.1 per 100 yards.

Jim McConica destroyed Bill Cerny’s 2003 record of 5,010 yards for men 55-59, when he pumped out 5,425 yards in an hour, an average of 1:06.3 per 100 yards. McConica’s total also easily surpassed the 5,300 yards he swam last year asa mere lad of 54.

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