Jim Ritter Sets Masters World Record in 400 Free at 60: 4:37.58

Jim and Adam Ritter Photo by Andrew Peppercorn

Jim Ritter of the Columbus Sharks Masters Team out of Columbus, Ohio set a new Masters World Record in the 60-64 LCM 400 Free on June 17 with a time of 4:37.58.

The swim, set at Miami University (Ohio), makes Ritter the first man over the age of 60 to ever break the 4:40 barrier as the previous mark of 4:40.00 was set by Jim McConica of the Ventura County Masters.

Ritter’s 400 this weekend sets his third USMS National Record. He currently holds the USMS records in the 60-64 LCM 200 free (2:09.08) and the SCM 400 free (4:34.24) as well.

He is a six-time USMS All-American, earning his first title in 2001 in the 45-49 400 free. He also earned USMS All-Star honors in 2016.

But this was not the first World Record for the Ritter family. Jim’s son, Adam Ritter, set a 25-29 200 free record of 1:46.52 in 2013. Ritter won the 200 IM at the 2007 NCAA Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships for the University of Arizona.



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    Jennifer Wood

    The correct name of the school is Miami University not University of Miami. Congratulations Jim!

  2. Barbara Jeanne

    Way to go Jim! Amazing and awesome!

Author: Diana Pimer

Diana Pimer was a breaststroke/IMer at Keene State College and is the NEISDA Conference record holder in the 200 IM. She is currently an Age Group Coach at AGUA in New York City and has covered major competitions for Swimming World including the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, 2015 and 2017 FINA World Championships, USA Swimming Nationals and more.

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