By Stephen J. Thomas
SYDNEY, Aug. 13. DORSAL Masters champ Pam Hutchings broke two short course world masters records in the 65-69 age group on the weekend.
Competing in the Warringah Masters Invitational meet on the northern beaches of Sydney, the 65-year-old lowered the world times for the 50 and 100 backstroke (women 65-69) recording 39.71 and 1:27.87 respectively. Until recently both records had stood for almost twelve years set back in October 1989 by American Doris Steadman.
Hutchings broke the 50 mark in May of this year recording 40.37 to take 0.11 seconds off Steadman's time and then took the her record under the 40-second mark yesterday.
Hutchings also set world records over two long course distances in dorsal events in this age group earlier this year. Hutchings clocked 1:28.60 in the 100 back to take 3.38 seconds off the previous world record and 3:15.69 in the 200 back to lower the global mark by 0.33 of a second.