Karlyn Pipes-Neilsen Breaks Masters World Record in Return to Competition

MAUI, HAWAII, February 27. LEGENDARY Masters swimmer Karlyn Pipes-Neilsen has returned to her record-breaking ways after taking an extended break from competition with a new Masters mark in the 100 short course meters butterfly at a dual-sanctioned meet on Feb. 18.

Pipes-Neilsen, 50, swam a 1:08.09 to break the Masters world record in the 50-54 age group, formerly held by Judith Hattle of Great Britain. She almost scored another world record in the 100 individual medley, swimming a 1:09.68 that came close to Australia's Jenny Whiteley's 1:09.22.

Pipes-Neilsen is regarded in the Masters swimming community as one of the greatest to participate in the sport. She has been setting Masters world records for almost 25 years, and her last world record performance before her recent sabbatical from competition was in December 2009.