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TomBrooklyn
January 16th, 2011, 04:34 PM
To those that have set or broken any swimming records, which are they? :banana:

Anything from a school, local, club or meet record on up to world qualifies. :cheerleader: :worms:

Feel free to include any story leading up to how and when you broke the record.

orca1946
January 16th, 2011, 06:16 PM
Elgin Blue Wave mens Medley relay , 55+ - state meet 2008 - we broke the state record for nearly 4 min - then it was taken away from us by another team !!

Rykno
January 17th, 2011, 02:08 AM
since our Masters team ofiicially started in 2007, I have been setting records, not breaking them.

it's so much fun for us, almost everyone who has swam with us in the last 2-3 yrs has a record, either individual or relay.

I have almost all the 30-34 records. this year there are no 30-34 yr olds so they will stand for atleast two years. but when our 27-28 yrs olds come up to 30 most of them will get broken.

I have most of the 35-39 as well, but we are 3 in that age group so it's fun that we push each other.

we have lots of gaps so over the next 15-20 yrs there will be events that anyone can swim to set a record.

even though we are a young team our 35-39 womens backstroke records are even nordic and in some cases european records.

it's looking like some of our 55-59 womens breast, free and fly records could also be national records (sweden). This past sunday we had swimmes from 16 to 66.

My most interesting record is from 1982. I was living in Guam and set the island record for 8 and under 400 free LCM. the following year I believe they removed the event stating it was too long for kids that age. As far as I know I was the last one to break it before they removed the event.

analazy
January 17th, 2011, 03:48 AM
To post what records I have set would be a “I” being on a “vanity mode” :bitching:
So, just to write a bit; the record I have been setting is being swimming as a master for 17 years and enjoying every bit of it as the first year! Though a lot of uncomfortable situations have been happening as I am always the “outsider” :):D

Allen Stark
January 17th, 2011, 03:49 PM
In the 1989 Pan-Pac Masters SCM meet I was under the WR in all 3 BRs. Unfortunately ,I didn't finish first in any of them(I did get a NR in the 200 BR as the winner was from Mexico.)
Also Scott Guthrie's statement below his signiture is "33 consecutive years of TT" which just beats me because I got hurt in 1978 and didn't swim any meets,so I have TT 74-77 and 79-present.

Speedo
January 17th, 2011, 04:58 PM
I had some school records- one of which lasted 17 years until a tech suiter took it down- but the record I was most proud of was my beer shotgunning record. 2.96sec. :chug:

ElaineK
January 17th, 2011, 05:41 PM
In the 1989 Pan-Pac Masters SCM meet I was under the WR in all 3 BRs. Unfortunately ,I didn't finish first in any of them(I did get a NR in the 200 BR as the winner was from Mexico.)
Also Scott Guthrie's statement below his signiture is "33 consecutive years of TT" which just beats me because I got hurt in 1978 and didn't swim any meets,so I have TT 74-77 and 79-present.

:applaud: :bow: :cheerleader:

couldbebetterfly
January 17th, 2011, 05:54 PM
:applaud: to Allen

As for me - well I just set a record yesterday in the Winter Games of Texas for the 100 free. A "meh" time, might even try and beat it myself next year! I also had a host of club records in my youth, many of which lasted 3 years until my younger sister and her friend took them down.

Glenn
January 17th, 2011, 07:12 PM
In 1964 I was a sophomore in HS in Newark, NJ. I was on a 160 yard freestyle relay that broke a City record (that's in a 20 yard pool for those who have never heard of this before). Swimming in Newark got slower and slower and fewer and fewer schools took part in the City Championships until 1970 when they stopped having a championship meet.

So, technically, I still hold a record some 47 years later!:banana:

jim clemmons
January 17th, 2011, 07:29 PM
I had some school records- one of which lasted 17 years until a tech suiter took it down- but the record I was most proud of was my beer shotgunning record. 2.96sec. :chug:

Was that just for one or the entire 6 pack?

Speedo
January 17th, 2011, 08:32 PM
Was that just for one or the entire 6 pack?Ooooo- that's low, Jim.

That Guy
January 17th, 2011, 09:58 PM
Ooooo- that's low, Jim.

Yes, it would be a very low time for a 6-pack. Without further ado...
The Entire List of That Guy's Records
I held my college's 1000 free record for 30 days before a teammate broke it leading off his 1650.

fastback
January 18th, 2011, 12:02 AM
Did you see this record effort?:applaud:

Laura Val breaks all intermediate freestyle world records on her way to crush the 1500 world record.


In her first race after aging up to the 60-64 age group, Laura Val broke all the freestyle records at The Olympic Club 1500 (http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=la4jspdab&et=1104259183019&s=15005&e=00133OTyzzHsdxE86EfoJhiIYhA6hmARvQQ4vEvFgwd31Iz4 5xGCAhSCDt8RlW9aRxJjtYpne56ayKom73adgrLYk5WWEAElS-eetC-TBzlUHvS-yEvLyb0n1u164G6LzELUBW5h91PsGA0IBsFAOVKb5EtRIJAXDn 6). Starting out with a 29.89 in the 50M Free (STEVENSON Lynette 30:70; Charlotte David 30.01)she continued on with a 1:05.16 in the 100 (DE VIVANCO Maria Del Rosario1:07.22; Charlotte Davis 1:06.58) ; a 2:24.19 for the 200*(Conny Boer-Buys 2:31.69); a 5:02.65 for the 400M(Barbara Dunbar 5:22.47); a 10:21.68 for the 800(Barbara Dunbar 10:58.58)and 19:38.63 for the 1500 (Barbara Dunbar 20:46.82). (The two by Charlotte Davis were interim records and not off the official FINA site, which publishes Masters World Records in May and November).This was truly a magnificant swim.

That Guy
January 18th, 2011, 12:11 AM
:jawdrop: :jawdrop: :jawdrop: :jawdrop: :jawdrop: :jawdrop:

(somebody make that smilie work kthx)

Chris Stevenson
January 18th, 2011, 08:49 AM
Did you see this record effort?:applaud:

Laura Val breaks all intermediate freestyle world records on her way to crush the 1500 world record.


In her first race after aging up to the 60-64 age group, Laura Val broke all the freestyle records at The Olympic Club 1500 (http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=la4jspdab&et=1104259183019&s=15005&e=00133OTyzzHsdxE86EfoJhiIYhA6hmARvQQ4vEvFgwd31Iz4 5xGCAhSCDt8RlW9aRxJjtYpne56ayKom73adgrLYk5WWEAElS-eetC-TBzlUHvS-yEvLyb0n1u164G6LzELUBW5h91PsGA0IBsFAOVKb5EtRIJAXDn 6). Starting out with a 29.89 in the 50M Free (STEVENSON Lynette 30:70; Charlotte David 30.01)she continued on with a 1:05.16 in the 100 (DE VIVANCO Maria Del Rosario1:07.22; Charlotte Davis 1:06.58) ; a 2:24.19 for the 200*(Conny Boer-Buys 2:31.69); a 5:02.65 for the 400M(Barbara Dunbar 5:22.47); a 10:21.68 for the 800(Barbara Dunbar 10:58.58)and 19:38.63 for the 1500 (Barbara Dunbar 20:46.82). (The two by Charlotte Davis were interim records and not off the official FINA site, which publishes Masters World Records in May and November).This was truly a magnificant swim.


Gosh, I sure do hope she filled out all the appropriate split request forms. :bolt::bolt: (deserves two bolts)

Rich Abrahams
January 18th, 2011, 10:37 AM
Did you see this record effort?:applaud:

Laura Val breaks all intermediate freestyle world records on her way to crush the 1500 world record.


In her first race after aging up to the 60-64 age group, Laura Val broke all the freestyle records at The Olympic Club 1500 (http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=la4jspdab&et=1104259183019&s=15005&e=00133OTyzzHsdxE86EfoJhiIYhA6hmARvQQ4vEvFgwd31Iz4 5xGCAhSCDt8RlW9aRxJjtYpne56ayKom73adgrLYk5WWEAElS-eetC-TBzlUHvS-yEvLyb0n1u164G6LzELUBW5h91PsGA0IBsFAOVKb5EtRIJAXDn 6). Starting out with a 29.89 in the 50M Free (STEVENSON Lynette 30:70; Charlotte David 30.01)she continued on with a 1:05.16 in the 100 (DE VIVANCO Maria Del Rosario1:07.22; Charlotte Davis 1:06.58) ; a 2:24.19 for the 200*(Conny Boer-Buys 2:31.69); a 5:02.65 for the 400M(Barbara Dunbar 5:22.47); a 10:21.68 for the 800(Barbara Dunbar 10:58.58)and 19:38.63 for the 1500 (Barbara Dunbar 20:46.82). (The two by Charlotte Davis were interim records and not off the official FINA site, which publishes Masters World Records in May and November).This was truly a magnificant swim.


Laura,
You and Rich Burns talked about this goal in Long Beach, but I thought after Charlotte Davis' great 50 and 100 swims it would be really tough. But you did it. Amazing. IMO, the best individual effort ever in Masters Swimming.

Congratulations,

Rich

That Guy
January 18th, 2011, 05:25 PM
Laura,
You and Rich Burns talked about this goal in Long Beach, but I thought after Charlotte Davis' great 50 and 100 swims it would be really tough. But you did it. Amazing. IMO, the best individual effort ever in Masters Swimming.

Congratulations,

Rich

http://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com/lane9/news/26199.asp

Women 60-64 1500 SC Meter Freestyle
================================================== =============================
Name Age Team Seed Finals
================================================== =============================
1 Val, Laura B 60 Tamalpais Aquati-38 20:00.00 19:38.63
29.89 1:05.16 (35.27) 1:44.35 (39.19) 2:24.19 (39.84)
3:04.03 (39.84) 3:43.74 (39.71) 4:23.40 (39.66) 5:02.65 (39.25)
5:42.50 (39.85) 6:22.34 (39.84) 7:01.92 (39.58) 7:41.50 (39.58)
8:21.75 (40.25) 9:01.62 (39.87) 9:41.84 (40.22) 10:21.68 (39.84)
11:01.81 (40.13) 11:42.02 (40.21) 12:21.83 (39.81) 13:01.82 (39.99)
13:42.09 (40.27) 14:21.93 (39.84) 15:02.32 (40.39) 15:42.12 (39.80)
16:22.05 (39.93) 17:02.12 (40.07) 17:41.88 (39.76) 18:21.22 (39.34)
19:00.23 (39.01) 19:38.63 (38.40)

:bow::bow::bow:

geochuck
January 18th, 2011, 05:31 PM
Just 5 Canadian records 100 free, 50 free, 100IM, 50 Fly, 100 Fly,

Swimosaur
January 18th, 2011, 10:45 PM
:bow::bow::bow:

That is such an understatement.

I have no words.

orca1946
January 19th, 2011, 12:31 PM
A team mate reminded me of our 55+ 800 free & mixed medley records.

swimshark
January 20th, 2011, 11:08 AM
I think I still hold a Northwest Zone relay record from 2003. Just looked it up, yup, I still have that one. Sadly, only 1 of us still lives there. And I have 2 or 3 VMST records. None of the records I held as a kid are still standing. My best friend was a year younger than I and was faster. I'd set them and she'd break them the next year. Oh well.

Frank Thompson
January 28th, 2011, 02:11 PM
This thread has not been getting the attention that the Top Ten thread has so I decided to spice things up here.

There seems to be a World Hierarchy of Swimming Accomplishments that determines greatness in the history of Swimming. For Swimming since it began, the two first accomplishments that come to mind are Olympic Gold Medals and World Records. Later with World Championships being introduced, that became an importance as well.

Because different countries have different championships and different status and history of past championships there won't be an agreement as to hierarchy of swimming championships. European, Pan Pac, Pan American, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, etc.

With Swimming I believe the top Accomplishments are:

1. Olympic Gold Medals

2. World Records

3. World Championship Gold Medals

4. Total Olympic Medals

5. Total World Championship Medals

6. Total World Number 1 Rankings

7. Total World Rankings

From there it depends on the country and what emphasis they put on major meets.

For Masters I came up with a list and based it on what the ISHOF and Swimming World do and added what I think comes next in the World Hierarchy of Swimming Accomplishments. This list would be as it pertains to US Masters Swimming today but the first 3 items would be the same just like the first 7 items for Swimming in the entire world.

1. FINA World Records

2. FINA World Number 1 Swims in the World Top Ten

3. FINA World Championship Meet Titles

4. USMS National Records

5. USMS Pool All Star Selections

6. USMS Number 1 Swims in the USMS Top Ten

7. USMS All American Pool Selections

8. USMS National Meet Championships

9. FINA World Top Ten Selections

10. USMS National Top Ten Selections

There are places to debate with this list. Numbers 8 and 9 could be could be flip flopped but I felt it would be harder to win a National Meet Championship then get in the World Top Ten but in a lot of age groups this could not be true.

World Records seem to be by far the Number 1 important accomplishment and the only difference with Swimming is that we don't have an Olympics where every major athlete can show up and compete. We have the opportunities with the World Championships but with family, work, and financial obligations this can't happen.

Chris Stevenson
January 28th, 2011, 02:26 PM
1. FINA World Records
2. FINA World Number 1 Swims in the World Top Ten
3. FINA World Championship Meet Titles
4. USMS National Records
5. USMS Pool All Star Selections
6. USMS Number 1 Swims in the USMS Top Ten
7. USMS All American Pool Selections
8. USMS National Meet Championships
9. FINA World Top Ten Selections
10. USMS National Top Ten Selections

There are places to debate with this list.

Aren't 6 and 7 the same?

I think 2 is ranked higher than it should be. I believe, for example, that (for most age groups) 4 and 5 are usually harder than 2.

#3 depends a lot on the meet. Some years (and some age groups) it is much harder to win USMS Nationals than to win Worlds.

My own list -- colored by my experiences in 40-44 and now 45-49 -- would rank them

1. FINA World Records
2. USMS National Records
3. USMS Pool All Star Selections
4. FINA World Number 1 Swims in the World Top Ten
5. USMS Number 1 Swims in the USMS Top Ten
6. FINA World Championship Meet Titles
7. USMS National Meet Championships
8. FINA World Top Ten Selections
9. USMS National Top Ten Selections

Wonder why FINA doesn't have the equivalent of All-Star selections? I didn't think of it until I looked at this list. I would have put it between 2 and 3 on my list.

How about Long Distance recognition? You've got LD All-Stars and LD AAs. I'd put the latter as #10, to be honest, but I'm not sure where I'd put the LD All-Stars...

Oh, and while I agree that WRs should be #1, there are some USMS records that are faster than existing WRs (eg, if done at a USA-S meet, or if they missed the WR application deadline of 60 days).

Frank Thompson
January 28th, 2011, 02:56 PM
I made a difference between 6 and 7 because of the number of times someone can be Number 1. You need one swim at Number 1 to be All American. You could have 20 Number 1 swims in the top ten and that would be a difference between swimmers in those categories.

The reason I put World Number 1 Swims at 2 and World Championships at 3 was because you can compare great swimmers from around the world with those two categories. With 4 and 5, it would just be USMS swimmers and you could be right but then you could not compare the great swimmers from around the world.

Just like Swimming, there is something you can compare for the first 7 items and I kind of modeled this from that. The World Top Ten does discriminate a little against USMS because they ignore short course yard swims and I believe even though we have some great swims in SCM, we don't have as much as SCY and with our National Meet being SCY, USMS loses something there.

I agree with you on the World Championships and it depends on who shows up in the age group and where the meet is held. I remember Dennis Baker was getting ready to swim an event at the 2006 World Championships and I volunteered as a Marshall and noticed in his heat that he had Sergei Fesenko, who was the 1980 Olympic Medalist, Roger Von Jouanne, who was an American Record holder, Cammeron Reid, National Team member, Marcus Mattioli, 1980 Olympian, and Bill Specht, ISHOF Masters swimmer all in the same heat for the World Championship. This is an example of when Number 3 is really Number 3.

Frank Thompson
January 28th, 2011, 03:16 PM
Aren't 6 and 7 the same?

My own list -- colored by my experiences in 40-44 and now 45-49 -- would rank them

1. FINA World Records
2. USMS National Records
3. USMS Pool All Star Selections
4. FINA World Number 1 Swims in the World Top Ten
5. USMS Number 1 Swims in the USMS Top Ten
6. FINA World Championship Meet Titles
7. USMS National Meet Championships
8. FINA World Top Ten Selections
9. USMS National Top Ten Selections

Wonder why FINA doesn't have the equivalent of All-Star selections? I didn't think of it until I looked at this list. I would have put it between 2 and 3 on my list.

How about Long Distance recognition? You've got LD All-Stars and LD AAs. I'd put the latter as #10, to be honest, but I'm not sure where I'd put the LD All-Stars...

Oh, and while I agree that WRs should be #1, there are some USMS records that are faster than existing WRs (eg, if done at a USA-S meet, or if they missed the WR application deadline of 60 days).

I don't know why they don't have an All Star list? They don't have one for Swimming either.

Long Distance would have to be a separate category. When they get a data base of swims from around the country and get there point system, they could do something like this. For the World right now, I don't think you could compare masters like you can with Swimming. With Grand Prix's and World events they can do that.

We really don't have any Open Water Records except Cable and Postal Swims. So swimmers in the Open Water events would not be getting credit like the cable and postal swims.

The data base would have to be set up with a point system or some parameters because unlike the pool, you can't compare times from races in equal distances.

With all this, I think a USMS Hierarchy could be set up for Masters Long Distance Swimming but not a World Hierarchy.

We are always going to have a problem with the USMS National Records being faster than the World Records because of swims being done in non sanctioned meets. FINA is not going to change this and I believe every swimmer of this caliber knows that so they just have to get to a sanctioned masters meet and swim the World Record.

Chris Stevenson
January 28th, 2011, 03:37 PM
The reason I put World Number 1 Swims at 2 and World Championships at 3 was because you can compare great swimmers from around the world with those two categories. With 4 and 5, it would just be USMS swimmers and you could be right but then you could not compare the great swimmers from around the world.

Just like Swimming, there is something you can compare for the first 7 items and I kind of modeled this from that. The World Top Ten does discriminate a little against USMS because they ignore short course yard swims and I believe even though we have some great swims in SCM, we don't have as much as SCY and with our National Meet being SCY, USMS loses something there.

I agree with you on the World Championships and it depends on who shows up in the age group and where the meet is held. I remember Dennis Baker was getting ready to swim an event at the 2006 World Championships and I volunteered as a Marshall and noticed in his heat that he had Sergei Fesenko, who was the 1980 Olympic Medalist, Roger Von Jouanne, who was an American Record holder, Cammeron Reid, National Team member, Marcus Mattioli, 1980 Olympian, and Bill Specht, ISHOF Masters swimmer all in the same heat for the World Championship. This is an example of when Number 3 is really Number 3.

Stanford Worlds was incredibly fast, I'm not sure I would hold that meet up as a "typical" World Champs meet.

Anyway, I agree that the world stage is usually harder than the national stage. With the exception of All-Stars, I paired everything up: first FINA then USMS records; FINA #1 then USMS #1; FINA champion then USMS champion.

But I don't think, for example, that it is usually harder to win World Championships than to get a USMS #1 ranking. But as I said, my opinion is colored by being in 40-44 and 45-49 age groups recently, and maybe they are not typical. (It wouldn't be difficult -- though a little tedious -- to test my assertion: just see how many times the USMS #1 would win Worlds, or vice versa, in a given year.)

But any of these items is difficult. It is a challenge to use either list as a "checklist" to see which -- or how many -- one can do. Even doing one of these things is a cause for celebration.

That Guy
January 28th, 2011, 04:54 PM
1. FINA World Records
2. FINA World Number 1 Swims in the World Top Ten
3. FINA World Championship Meet Titles
4. USMS National Records
5. USMS Pool All Star Selections
6. USMS Number 1 Swims in the USMS Top Ten
7. USMS All American Pool Selections
8. USMS National Meet Championships
9. FINA World Top Ten Selections
10. USMS National Top Ten Selections
There are places to debate with this list. Numbers 8 and 9 could be could be flip flopped but I felt it would be harder to win a National Meet Championship then get in the World Top Ten but in a lot of age groups this could not be true.

I would flip 8 and 9 since I have achieved 8 but not 9. Also even though I'm sure others will disagree, I'd add Zone records and LMSC records somewhere above 10 on the list. For me, getting top tens each year is achievable but I've never broken an LMSC record or a Zone record. Smilies: :blah::bliss::bouncing::bolt::cheerleader:

ourswimmer
January 28th, 2011, 05:16 PM
I would flip 8 and 9.

I concur. The winning time in an event at USMS Nationals often isn't the year's #1 time in USMS for that event, or the winner's fastest time of the season for that event. Sometimes the winning time isn't even in the USMS Top Ten for that event and that year. Swimming well in the right place at the right time to get the National Champion patch is a significant achievement, but I think that making the FINA Top Ten is marginally better.

Chris Stevenson
January 28th, 2011, 05:26 PM
I'd add Zone records and LMSC records somewhere above 10 on the list.

The problem is that not all LMSCs or Zones track records. And they aren't "official" in the same sense (ie, subject to the same level of scrutiny) that Top 10 or USMS records are.

Glenn
January 28th, 2011, 05:44 PM
Frank,

One can debate the order of your list with terrific arguments. I won't do that. However, I think there is another designation that should be added, and that is FINA All-Time top ten list.

This is a list that shows longevity. Example in the 60 -64 SCM 100 free shows Jeff Farrell listed in the top ten all time from a swim in 2000. In the 800 free, Drury Gallagher is listed from '98.

If you are on the list going back 10 - 12 years, I would say that is a big accomplishment, particularly in the 100 free which is a very popular event.

Allen Stark
January 29th, 2011, 10:24 PM
I agree about the #1s and TT.From my perusal,most years if Worlds are not in the US,the Nats time is the faster time.

analazy
February 1st, 2011, 03:18 AM
Interesting , think most of would agree the number 1 achievement for Master swimming is FINA world records so why is the list actualized on a 6moths period?
Are not all swimmers entitle to know which time should their nº 1 goal be?
Because the list is really never updated , at least on 72h base (time for the meet organizers in Europe to release the official results), have seen WR being announced without “actually” being WR.
Though for me, it really does not matter the veracity of “WR” as it brings a lot of joy to the meet I wonder why we should be differed from the “other WR list”. We do not have anti doping control, we are identified immediately after a record , most of the pool we choose to do fast times are measured…. Why the 6 moths gap?

My personal opinion. WR, record of any type are nice but are done by a minority in Master swimming. Is not Masters swimming about quantity? Why we do not have statistic about:

Average ages on meetings
How has the major events have been evolving on the age base, do we have more seniors swimming…???

Most news that come from FINA and European federations are about “elite masters swimmers”. There is no concern about the age evolution, the regular participation, etc
Is it possible to combine quality with quantity and made every swimmer feel important?

too much talk...!:wiggle: