McConica, Roper Set Masters World Records at Long Beach -- December 10, 2005
DeCember 10. JIM McConica and Gail Roper each set two Masters world records last weekend at the SPMA Regional Short Course Meters Championship meet from Dec 2-4. The meet was held at the Belmont Olympic Plaza Pool in Long Beach.
Swimming in the men's 55-59 age group, McConica, of Ventura County Masters, set records in the 200-meter freestyle and 200-meter backstroke. In the 200 free, the former USC ace touched in 2:03.64, erasing the previous mark of 2:06.20 by Todd Spieker.
Spieker was the victim in the 200 back as well, as McConica's 2:20.59 sliced just over a second from his standard of 2:21.80.
Gail Roper's marks came in the women's 75-79 division, where the 1952 Olympian began her assault by hacking over 25 seconds from her own standard for 1500 meters freestyle. Roper's time of 26:37.02 destroyed her former mark of 27:02.62 set one year ago.
In the 100-meter fly, Roper, swimming for Arizona Masters, touched in 1:49.36, three-quarters of a second under the previous record of 1:50.11 by Sylvia Neuhauser of Austria.
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