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.