Women's 50 Back
The fastest time in the event was recorded by Karlyn Pipes-Neilsen, 38, of San Diego Swim Masters, at 27.83. The only record to fall went to Garden State's incomparable Doris Steadman 75, who clocked 40.25. The old mark, set three years ago by Bunny Cederlund, was 42.92.
Men's 50 Back
Two USMS records were erased in the men's 50 yard back. Lance Bohlman. 29, of Sierra Nevada Masters, scraped three hundredths of a second off Michael Kanner's three-year-old mark in the event, when he touched home in 23.09. At the other end of the age spectrum, 85-year-old Ed Shea, Illinois Masters, blasted Dave Malbrough's national standard of 46.69 with a quick 44.76. Bill Specht came within one-hundredth of a second of his 40-44 national mark when he clocked 24.58.
Women's 100 Breast
Wenke Hansen, 30 from the Santa Barbara Masters set the top time in the women's 100 Breast with a 1:03.69, crushing the 1:05.05 national record set by Rosemarie Seaman eleven years ago. But Hansen wasn't the only record breaker in the women's 100 Breast. A total of six age groups saw records fall. Here's the rundown:
Sarabeth Schweitzer, 21 swimming for the U.S.A. Water Bandits, posted a 1:06.69 to slip past the 1:06.74 set by Susie Mortenson in 1993. Caroline Krattli swam 1:06.31 to erase the 1:07.58 record in the 35-39 age group held by Leslie Osborne. Dea Joslin, 41 smashed her own record in the 40-44 age group set last year at 1:10.26 by racing to a 1:08.29. Susan Roy-Jones, 51, an Olympian from the 1968 Games, now representing Talmapias Masters in California, broke the 1:15 barrier for the 50-54 age with a 1:14.82. Jane Bruner, fresh to the 65-69 age group lopped over 2 seconds off the 1:29.00 record of Clara Walker with her 1:26.53.
Men's 100 Breast
Three men's breaststroke marks also were battered. Palmetto Masters' Seth Bretscher broke one of the toughest records in the book when he clocked 59.10 in the 40-44 age group. The old mark, set back in 1993 by Chet Miltenberger, was 59.40. Ohio Masters' Jack Groselle, better known as a freestyle sprinter, hacked three-quarters of a second off Bob Strand's 1995 mark for men 45-49, touching in 1:01.18. Arizona ace, Max von Isser, 80, erased Kelley lemmon from the books when he clocked 1:32.31, 41-hundredths faster than the Hall of Famer swam in 1992.
Wally Dicks, 37, posted the fastest time in the event with a 56.76. 1992 Olympian Roque Santos, 32, won the 30-34 age group in 57.24.
1968 Olympic champion, Don McKenzie, 52, won his specialty in the 50-54 division, in a very fast 1:02.20. Peter Andersen, Illinois Masters, won the 55-59 division in 1:07.04. SWIM Magazine editor Phillip Whitten found time between writing assignments to place fourth with a 1:11.23