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Day Two Highlights of USMS Spring Nationals
National records continued to fall on day two of the 2012 U.S. Masters Swimming Championships. A wide range of ages were represented in the 10 new national age-group records set for distance swimming at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. Over 200 local and regional clubs participated in 14 events and a relay. In all, 1,865 swimmers will compete in the U.S. Masters Spring Nationals during the four day event. Highlights of Day Two included:
• 88-year-old Marjorie Stone established a national record of 59.96 in the Women’s 85-89 age group 50 Breast. Stone beat the national record by half a minute, breaking the previously existing 60-second barrier. Stone swims for the Gulf Coast Pirate Swimmers.
• Tom Landis, 70, set a new national record of 2:08.68 in the Men’s 70-74 age group 200 Free. Landis previously held three other national titles and swims for Oregon Masters.
• Laura B. Val, 60, set two national records in the Women’s 60-64 age group with a 1:06.08 in the 100 Fly and a 1:04.27 in the 100 Back. Val swims for the Tamalpais Aquatic Masters
• Timothy J. Phillips, 21, also set two national records in the Men’s 18-24 age group with a 46.86 in the 100 Fly and a 21.45 with 50 yard split. Phillips swims for North Carolina Masters Swimming.
• 24-year-old Nelson O. Westby established a national record of 24.87 in Men’s 18-24 age group for the 50 Breast. Westby swims for North Carolina Masters Swimming.
• Beating the national record by an impressive 15 seconds, Steve T. West was the fastest in the 40-44 age group for 50 Breast with a 25.69. West swims for Novaquatics Masters.
• Karlyn Pipes-Neilson, 50, beat the record for Women’s 100 back with a 1:01.29 in the 50-54 age group. Pipes-Neilson swims for San Diego Swim Masters.
• Leslie C. Livingston, 50, also beat the national record for Women’s 100 back in the 50-54 age group with a 1:02.61. Livingston is a member of the Patriot Master’s Swim Team.
• Clay Britt, 51, also left the competition for the day with new records under his belt for the 100 Back in the Men’s 50-54 age group with a 53.09. Britt swims for the Montgomery Ancient Mariners Swim Team.