Three More Masters World Records For Jim McConica In Carlsbad

Photo Courtesy: Michelle McConica

One month after breaking two Masters long course world records in one race in one race, Jim McConica reset those two records and claimed another one in Carlsbad.

As he did last month in Santa Clarita, McConica broke the world records in the 800 and 1500 freestyles in one race for the 65-69 age group. At the 800-meter split of the 1500, he posted a 10:11.30, much better than the 10:23.23 he swam last month. He used the next 50 meters to recover a bit, then got back on pace to finish the mile in 19:33.46, improving on his world record by nine seconds.

Next up was the 800 freestyle, and McConica used that event to take down the 400 free world record of 4:58.71 that was set last week by Rick Walker in Florida. McConica touched in 4:56.47 to take Walker’s record, and now is the second man 65 years and older to swim under five minutes. McConica did not try to lower his new 800 world record, finishing that distance with a 10:38.48.

Incidentally, Walker’s last world record – an 18:45.20 in the 1500 free in the 55-59 age group in 2005 – was broken by McConica just one day later.

2015 Carlsbad Masters Long Course Invitational – Results

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Author: Jeff Commings

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Jeff Commings is the Senior Writer for SwimmingWorld.com and Swimming World Magazine. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism and was a nine-time NCAA All-American.

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