Lone Star Masters Claims 15 World Records in Three Days in Meet That Sees 21 Records Fall

Photo Courtesy: Lynn Morrison

Lone Star Masters Claims 15 World Records in Three Days in Meet That Sees 21 Records Fall

By Lynn Morrison

A year ago, four women of Lone Star Masters rode into the three-day Little Rock LCM/SCM meet in their new 280 age group (combined ages) and swam out with six world records.

This year six LSM men threw their cards on the table and matched them with SIX 280 World relay records of their own. Plus, LSM also collected chips in FIVE new mixed 280 records.  Safe to say the Lone Star men and women have almost cleared the table in the 280 age group – and are hoping to accomplish that feat by the end of 2024.

The six men leading the relay charge were Tom Barton (68), Jack Gooding (71), Robert Kelsoe (71), Richard Neville (68), Bruce Williams (71) and Tom Wolf (70).  They were joined by two of the returning women, Lynn Morrison (70) and Jeannie Woolslayer (71).  Taking a closer look at the times, Lone Star Masters shattered those 11 records by 1:06.9, or an average of six seconds per relay.

In addition to relays, Tom Wolf, aging up to 70, came away with four individual backstroke world records.  Wolf is a longtime USMS individual and relay record holder, now with 57 to his name, starting in 1983 in the 25-29 age group.  Masters swimming really is a lifetime sport.

Photo Courtesy: Lynn Morrison

Lone Star Masters Records

2023 First Chance Long Course Invitational January 19, 2024- Relays

Men’s 280+ LC 400 Medley Relay 4:57.93 / former record Sarasota Sharks 5:07.90 2023

(Wolf, Neville, Gooding, Williams)

Mixed 280+ LC 200 Free Relay 2:01.22/ former record Tamalpais Aquatics 2:03.33 2021

(Neville, Morrison, Woolslayer, Williams)

Men’s 280+ LC 400 Free Relay 4:24.49 / former record Palm Beach Masters 4:27.17 2017

(Gooding, Wolf, Barton, Williams)

Mixed 280+ LC 200 Medley Relay 2:19.17 /  former record Tamalpais Aquatics 2:21.20 2015

(Woolslayer, Neville, Williams, Morrison)


2023 Arkansas Masters SCM Invitational January 20-21- Relays

Men’s 280+ SCM 200 Free Relay 1:53.35 / former record Gold Coast Masters 1:54.44 2015

(Neville, Wolf, Gooding, Williams)

Mixed 280+ SCM 200 Free Relay 1:59.88 / former record Tamalpais Aquatics 2:07.33 2022

(Morrison, Woolslayer, Barton, Williams)

Mixed 280+ SCM 400 Medley Relay 5:10.77 / former record Tamalpais Aquatics 5:21.37 2015

(Woolslayer, Neville, Kelsoe, Morrison)

Men’s 280+ SCM 400 Medley Relay 4:44.52 / former record Ventura County 4:59.48  2019

(Wolf, Neville, Gooding, Williams)

Men’s 280+ SCM 200 Medley Relay 2:04.82 / former record Esporte Clube Pinhei (Brazil) 2:10.51 2023

(Wolf, Neville, Kelsoe, Williams)

Mixed 280+ 200 SCM Medley Relay 2:18.29 / former record Tamalpais Aquatics 2:22.04 2015

(Woolslayer, Neville, Gooding, Morrison)

Men’s 280+ SCM 400 Free Relay 4:13.98 / former record Sarasota Sharks 4:19.08 2021

(Gooding, Wolf, Barton, Williams)

Photo Courtesy: Lynn Morrison

Tom Wolf Men’s 70-74

LCM 100 Backstroke (Leadoff Split) 1:11.52 / former record Hugh Wilder 1:13.48

LCM 50 Back 33.16 / former record Bruce Williams 33.51 2023

SCM 50 Back 32.42 / former record Bruce Williams 32.57 2023

SCM 100 Backstroke (Leadoff Split) 1:08.55 / former record Lawrence Day 1:11.49  2021

The six other individual world records were from two prolific current record holders, taking advantage of their new age groups afforded to them on January 1.  Penny Noyse (70), from Ensworth Aquatics, swimming three LC events on Friday and all four of her SCM events on Saturday came away with four records and missed two others by mere hundreds.  I am sure that those will remain in her sites for future meets.  Hubie Kerns (75) from Swim Ft Lauderdale added the remaining two.  This seems to be an every five year routine for Hubie, notching his name next to multiple records in both 2014 and 2019.

Penny Noyes Women’s 70-74

LCM 50 Fly 34.43 / former record Laura Val 34.68 2023

LCM 200 Fly 3:12.76 / former record Andra Jaunzeme 3:21.60 2023

SCM 50 Fly 33.92 / former record Laura Val 34.14 2023

SCM 100 IM 1:18.40 / former record Laura Val 1:18.81 2022


Hubie Kerns Men’s 75-79

SCM 200 Fly 3:10.69 / former record Rudolf Smerda 3:10.85 2018

SCM 100 IM 1:17.52 / former record Mike Freshley 1:17.58 2016

Cameron Owen from Southeastern Area Masters Swimming set a USMS National record in the 35-39 age group swimming a 2:01.99 200 SCM fly.  I can honestly say that it was a beautiful thing to watch – and the crowd was loudly cheering him home on that last painful lap.


*These are pending World Records, finalized after the paperwork is filed and accepted

— The above press release was posted by Swimming World in conjunction with Lone Star Masters. For press releases and advertising inquiries please contact Advertising@SwimmingWorld.com. 

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