Illinois Masters Quartet Sets Two Relay Records In Wisconsin

Illinois Masters world record relay
Photo Courtesy: Jane Del Greco

A group from Illinois traveled to Brown Deer, Wis., for the Masters long course state championships, and were rewarded with two world records in mixed relays.

The one-day meet at the Walter Schroeder Aquatic Center featured races in all strokes and distances, including the 200-meter and 400-meter relays. In the mixed 400 medley relay, the Illinois Masters foursome of Jim Tuchler (50), David Sims (53), Andrea Block (54) and Liz Dillmann (50) combined for a 4:33.17 to break the world record of 4:47.52 in the 200-239 age group swum by a Dutch team in March 2014.

Illinois Masters mixed 400 medley relay splits

Tuchler (backstroke): 1:05.14
Sims (breaststroke): 1:15.37
Block (butterfly): 1:11.30
Dillman (freestyle): 1:01.36

The four stepped up again for the 400 freestyle relay, putting up a stunning 4:02.62. Sims, on leadoff, split 56.26, while Tuchler posted a 57.67 as the anchor leg. Splits for Block and Dillmann were not available due to a timing glitch. The previous record was 4:03.96, by Conejo Valley Multisport Masters in July 2014. That relay included a 54.10 leadoff for 11-time Olympic medalist Matt Biondi.

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  1. avatar
    Sally Brown Russ

    Jim and Company,
    Way to go! You guys are beasts (and I mean that in the best sense of the word)! Congrats to everyone!

  2. avatar
    Heather Herbolsheimer

    You guys rock!

  3. avatar
    Marty wolf

    Nice job team!