CAPE TOWN, South Africa, March 24. LIKE Masters swimming legend Karlyn Pipes-Nielsen, Tim Shead took a break from competition recently, but is back to his record-setting ways, breaking two long course Masters marks at the South African Masters championships in the 60-64 age group.
Shead, an American with dual residence in the United States and South Africa for many years, started things off with a stellar 2:46.46 in the 200 breaststroke. He demolished Allen Stark's record of 2:50.44, set at last year's U.S. nationals.
Next, Shead took aim at Jim McConica's 2010 200 backstroke world record of 2:34.38, just dipping under it with a 2:34.00.
Shead still owns the world record in the long course 100 breast in the 55-59 age group (1:11.13), as well as the short course 200 breast mark in that age group with a 2:33.79.