Gabrielle Rose Crushes 45-49 Masters World Records at Grand Challenge


Gabrielle Rose Crushes 45-49 Masters World Records at Grand Challenge

After lowering six USMS records at last month’s U.S. Masters Swimming Spring Nationals, Gabrielle Rose returned to the same Irvine, Calif., facility this weekend for the Speedo Grand Challenge and swam much faster than two masters world records in the women’s 45-49 age group.

In the 100 breaststroke Friday, Rose swam a time of 1:11.85 in prelims to beat her previous masters world record of 1:12.34 set last August. In the final tat evening, she finished in 1:11.68 to lower the record further while finishing second behind Isabelle Odgers.

Rose returned Sunday for the 200 breaststroke and swam a mark of 2:35.09 in prelims, obliterating the masters world record of 2:43.73 set by South Africa’s Heather Morris-Eyton in 2013. Rose also beat Caroline Krattli’s USMS record of 2:45.20 from 2007. In the final, the 45-year-old went even faster, with her final time of 2:32.86 leaving her 10 seconds under the existing world record.

The times should count as USMS records, but it is likely that the world records will not be ratified by World Aquatics since the Grand Challenge was only a USA Swimming-sanctioned competition rather than a dual-sanctioned USA Swimming/USMS event (more info here).

Rose, 45, was a member of Brazil’s Olympic team at the 1996 Olympics before representing the United States four years later in Sydney, where she finished seventh in the 200 IM. Rose later won World Championships gold medals as a prelims relay swimmer in the 400 free relay and 800 free relay at the 2003 World Championships, and in 2002, she won a trio of silver medals at the Short Course World Championships plus Pan Pacs silver in the 200 IM.

In other results from the Grand Challenge, Sandpipers of Nevada swimmers Katie GrimesBella SimsClaire Weinstein and Ilya Kharun each performed well as they continued their preparations for summer championship meets.

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D Randall Smith
4 months ago

Erica Morningstar set a couple of world records in the Speedo Canadian Masters Championships in Calgary last weekend

3 months ago

Swimming at 2 Olympics I would expect so.

Jeff Jotz
3 months ago

Was this a SCY, SCM or LCM meet?

3 months ago

Congratulations Gabby!🏊‍♀️👏💛