Steve West Breaks Masters World Record in 200 Breast at Speedo Grand Challenge

Steve West 2012 Olympic Trials
Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

45-year-old Masters swimmer Steve West broke the 200 breast world record for the 45-49 age group at the Speedo Grand Challenge on Sunday morning. The Irvine Novaquatics swimmer swam a 2:22.46 in Irvine on Sunday to break the world record that was a 2:24 held by Russian Vladislav Bragin. West swam the fourth fastest time of the morning behind three Cal Berkeley swimmers. Connor Hoppe (2:20.73), Matt Whittle (2:21.14) and Carson Sand (2:21.42) will join West in the A-final tonight.

West now holds the 40-44 and the 45-49 masters world records in the 200 breast. The 40-44 record stands at 2:18.57 that he set at the 2015 LA Invitational. West also competed at the 2012 Olympic Trials when he was 41, where he placed 62nd. West also finished 7th in the 100 this meet with a 1:05.86. He scratched finals in that race and did not competed in the B-final.

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5 years ago

Is this a masters meet?

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5 years ago
Reply to  Jo Corben

USA swimming meet, dual sanctioned.

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5 years ago
Reply to  Jo Corben

Ah ok. Well done, great time!

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5 years ago
Reply to  Jo Corben

Nice job Steve West Do you swim in Budapest?

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5 years ago
Reply to  Jo Corben

Martin Hlavaty I won’t be able to make it this summer. When my kids are older I’ll start to do the World masters meets

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5 years ago

Greg Straton super fast

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5 years ago

Always interests me how they have different rules in the states. He couldn’t claim that over here as he was not swimming in a Masters event.

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5 years ago

Thank goodness he’s 45

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5 years ago

Pretty sure is has to be a sanctioned masters event.

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5 years ago

Louise So Apparently in the States they dual sanction meets because there are not enough Masters Events ? Here in Ireland we can’t do it here because we have one LC Masters event and therefore we have enough. The logic defies me. if you are a 400 IM you have no opportunity at all to swim it LC without leaving the island.

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5 years ago

Dymphna, dual sanction or another LC event is what we need. Now that Derry is no longer on the calendar there is an opening for something in late January.

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5 years ago

Who’s in charge? Sounds like a simple request! ???

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5 years ago

Greg Straton I tried and tried to convince the Masters Committee but without success. They finally conceded to dual sanction the LC National Championships which you could swim in if you made the qualifying times. Then they promptly upped the QTs to make it almost impossible to swim in.

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5 years ago

Was just looking at those QTs, really tough, I squeak in on SC times, its on the 19-23 July, which is a bit close to Budapest, is it still dual sanctioned?

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5 years ago

Greg Straton it was agreed that it COULD be dual sanctioned but I don’t think anybody ever requested that it was. At the time when I was looking for this I would have done the QTs in my main events. Not now I’m afrai. You’d have to as the committee

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5 years ago

Youssef Yasser Shahd Yasser/Marwa Elshenawy

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5 years ago

Congratulations Steve!! Go Blue!

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5 years ago

Val Bagri

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5 years ago

Congrats Steve!!!

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5 years ago

Way to go Steve!!!!!!

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5 years ago

Super impressive! Congrats, Steve!

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5 years ago

Woo hoo!! Go Steve!!

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5 years ago

Impressive Steve West! Congrats!

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Congratulations Steve!!! That’s so awesome!! Brandi

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5 years ago

Well done Steve West!

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5 years ago

Congratulations Steve West!!! Keep kicking ass!

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5 years ago

Nice work Steve!

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5 years ago

Congrats, Steve! Amazing time!

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5 years ago

Congratulations Steve West!!

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Heather Mikels
5 years ago

Congrats Steve!!!

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5 years ago

Proud of you Steve. Aunt Jan, Uncle John

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5 years ago

Awesome!!!

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5 years ago

Damn Steve. You continue to impress. Congrats. ?

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Mark Perkins
5 years ago

Awesome!

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Tracey Warner Halama
5 years ago

Wow, Smoking Fast! Congrats Steve! Go Blue!

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5 years ago

Way to go, Steve West ! Love that you’re still swimming ? with the kids!!

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5 years ago

Nice swimming, Steve! Cheers dude…

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5 years ago

Great swim, Steve!

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5 years ago

Congratulations

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5 years ago

Way to go Steve! SPSM represent!?

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5 years ago

That is awesome

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5 years ago

Wow, congratulations!!!

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Cathi Jones Bledsoe286912@
5 years ago

Congratulations how wonderful.
Best of luck to you as you continue
setting new records
Love, Cathi Jones Bledsoe

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5 years ago

Congratulations Steve!!! We are so proud of you…and totally not surprised!
❤ KÔR