Steve West Breaks 45-49 Masters World Record in 100 LCM Breast at Swim Meet of Champions

Steve West (left) broke the masters world record in the 100 breast; Photo Courtesy: Steve West

47-year-old Steve West of Irvine Novaquatics swam a 1:04.84 in the 100 breaststroke in long course meters on Sunday at the Fran Crippen Swim Meet of Champions in Mission Viejo, California. West lowered the Masters world record in the process that he set last month at the Speedo Grand Challenge in Irvine at 1:04.99.

West finished ninth overall in the morning’s prelims. 2016 Olympic gold medalist Dmitriy Balandin (1:01.40) is the top seed and Asian Games silver medalist Yan Zibei (1:01.80) is second.

West indicated he scratched finals for tonight. He also swam the 200 breast on Friday, placing 13th in the prelims at 2:21.39. West scratched out of finals of the 200 as well.

He also holds the 200 breast LCM records in the 40-44 age group (2:18.57) and 45-49 age group (2:19.44).

West’s best time in the 100 breast was all the way back in the 2000 US Olympic Trials at 1:03.39 at the age of 28. He has been as quick as a 1:03.81 from the 2015 Los Angeles Invitational. West still has some more room to go if he is to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Trials. The time standard for Omaha next year is a 1:03.29.

Steve West’s last appearance at the Olympic Trials was in 2012 when he placed 61st in the 100 breast and 62nd in the 200.

 Event 30  Men Open 100 LC Meter Breaststroke
         MEET: M 1:01.01  2011      Kosuke Kitajima, JPN
         POOL: P 1:01.01  2011      Kosuke Kitajima, JPN
     AMERICAN: A   58.64  8/23/2017 Kevin Cordes, USA
      US OPEN: U   58.74  6/30/2017 Kevin Cordes, USA
        WORLD: W   57.10  8/4/2018  Adam Peaty, GBR
                 1:03.29  ~OLY 2020 Olympic Trials
                 1:06.09  ^JRS 2019 Junior National
                 1:08.69  ^FUT 2019 Futures
                 1:11.17  SMOC 2019 SMOC Meet Qual
 Meet Qualifying:  1:11.17
    Name            Age Team                 Seed    Prelims              
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
  1 Balandin, Dmitr  24 TROJ-CA             59.39    1:01.40 q~OLY  
  2 Yan, Zibei       23 CHIN                59.31    1:01.80 q~OLY  
  3 Iida, Sam        20 FORD-AZ           1:02.82    1:02.74 q~OLY  
  3 Zhang, Ruixuan   20 CHIN              1:01.02S   1:02.74 q~OLY  
  5 Elkamash, Youss  23 PSC-AZ            1:01.36    1:03.77 q^JRS  
  5 Deiparine, Jimm  26 BC-PN             1:03.71    1:03.77 q^JRS  
  7 Cook, Jon        19 ALTO-PC           1:03.58    1:04.69 q^JRS  
  8 Chavez, Miguel   24 TE-NC             1:01.97    1:04.71 q^JRS  
  9 West, Steve      47 NOVA^-CA          1:04.90    1:04.84 q^JRS  
 10 Goodwin, Will    18 TOPS-CO           1:04.24    1:04.88 q^JRS  
 11 Lee, James       17 ROSE-CA           1:04.36    1:04.97 q^JRS  
 12 Martinez Scarpe  24 GSC-FL            1:03.78    1:05.64 q^JRS  
 13 Peribonio, Toma  23 GSC-FL            1:05.00    1:05.70 q^JRS  
 14 Sanes, Adriel    19 ISV               1:03.71    1:05.97 q^JRS  
 15 Dunn, Jordan     19 SUN-AZ            1:06.37    1:06.05 q^JRS  
 16 Kucharczyk, Jac  21 SUN-AZ            1:05.33    1:06.19 q^FUT
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4 years ago

The fastest time at prelims would’ve won Olympic Gold at the ’92 Olympics. People are getting soooo fast!

José Freitas
4 years ago

A World Master record should ONLY be beaten on a Masters competition. FINA rules.

Missy McCracken
4 years ago

Steve West! Congrats!

Michael Ker
4 years ago

Way to go Steve, you da man!!!!

Laurie Schalow
4 years ago

Congrats Steve!

Thomas A. Small
4 years ago


Katy Elizabeth
4 years ago

Steve West did it again! Congrats!

Neil Morgan
4 years ago

It would be nice if Swimming World would state that it’s 100m and long course. I thought it might be yards until I saw the results at the end of the article.

Andrew Pierce
4 years ago
Reply to  Neil Morgan

It is in the first sentence of the article, and it is LCM season, being summer.

Robert Strand
4 years ago

Your hair is also “world class”!

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