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    Laura Val Breaks Six Masters World Records in One Race

    Laura Val Breaks Six Masters World Records in One Race -- January 18, 2011

    http://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com...ds-in-One-Race
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    Re: Laura Val Breaks Six Masters World Records in One Race

    Absolutely incredible!

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    She's amazing! Definitely in a league of her own!
    HTFU!

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    Re: Laura Val Breaks Six Masters World Records in One Race

    I would say she owns the pool !

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    Re: Laura Val Breaks Six Masters World Records in One Race

    Agreed Oz!!
    HTFU!

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    Re: Laura Val Breaks Six Masters World Records in One Race

    She may own the pool, but it's near impossible to get her to lead the lane in practice!

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    Re: Laura Val Breaks Six Masters World Records in One Race

    Quote Originally Posted by Midas View Post
    She may own the pool, but it's near impossible to get her to lead the lane in practice!
    Love it! That's my kind of girl!
    MOST Impressive!

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    Re: Laura Val Breaks Six Masters World Records in One Race

    congrats
    impressive feat
    I'm not worthy

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    Re: Laura Val Breaks Six Masters World Records in One Race

    Wow!

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    Re: Laura Val Breaks Six Masters World Records in One Race

    Quote Originally Posted by havepoolwillswim View Post
    Laura Val Breaks Six Masters World Records in One Race -- January 18, 2011

    At the 400-meter mark, Val began crushing the records, this time erasing Barbara Dunbar's world record of 5:22.47 with a 5:02.65.
    The margin of record-breaking for the longer distances is huge, but what I find most impressive is that she started so fast but still held on to hit all the records. If she had swum that 1500 for the fastest possible 1500 time, she probably would have been at around the same time for 400 and faster for 800, but she probably would have missed the records in the 50, the 100, and the 200. Certainly if I had taken the first 200 out in 2:24, I would have needed much more than 17:15 to finish the rest!

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    Re: Laura Val Breaks Six Masters World Records in One Race

    That's just stupid good.

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    Re: Laura Val Breaks Six Masters World Records in One Race

    What's Laura's history in swimming outside Masters? It's just amazing she is this much faster than her competition. Has anything like this ever been done before? It's truly amazing!

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    Re: Laura Val Breaks Six Masters World Records in One Race

    Quote Originally Posted by knelson View Post
    What's Laura's history in swimming outside Masters? It's just amazing she is this much faster than her competition. Has anything like this ever been done before? It's truly amazing!
    Kirk:

    I don't know when you started to swim masters and joined the organization, but there have been several stories about Laura in our USMS publication and in Swimming World. I know she swam in the 1968 Olympic Trials in the 100 meter Fly as Laura Bendit and placed 17th. I have linked a story below that explains her history outside Masters. Its a little of out of date but it basically explains swimming before masters.

    http://www.usms.org/hist/sto/index.php?ID=81&srt=
    Skip Thompson

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Thompson View Post
    Kirk:

    I don't know when you started to swim masters and joined the organization, but there have been several stories about Laura in our USMS publication and in Swimming World. I know she swam in the 1968 Olympic Trials in the 100 meter Fly as Laura Bendit and placed 17th. I have linked a story below that explains her history outside Masters. Its a little of out of date but it basically explains swimming before masters.

    http://www.usms.org/hist/sto/index.php?ID=81&srt=
    Thanks for linking to that inspiring article.

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    Re: Laura Val Breaks Six Masters World Records in One Race

    Quote Originally Posted by knelson View Post
    What's Laura's history in swimming outside Masters? It's just amazing she is this much faster than her competition. Has anything like this ever been done before? It's truly amazing!
    From all of the articles and videos I've read/viewed, the things that stick in my mind is that Laura has been swimming seriously for 50 years, swims 5 days a week and doesn't do anything other than swim (i.e., no dryland, etc.).

    She is an incredible woman, but I'm sure she works very hard for her success.
    I would give up chocolate, but I'm no quitter.

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    Re: Laura Val Breaks Six Masters World Records in One Race

    Quote Originally Posted by knelson View Post
    What's Laura's history in swimming outside Masters? It's just amazing she is this much faster than her competition. Has anything like this ever been done before? It's truly amazing!
    Yes it has, a few times, just not by her.
    The opinions expressed in the above post are mine, not those of U.S. Masters Swimming. But maybe they should be.

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    Re: Laura Val Breaks Six Masters World Records in One Race

    Very nice interview with Laura on the Morning Swim Show

    http://tv.swimmingworldmagazine.com/...-episodes/9328

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    Re: Laura Val Breaks Six Masters World Records in One Race

    I have noticed she has a very youthful appearance. I'm not sure if that is just a benefit of master's swimming, or if she's fast because she is just ageing better than lot of us! I do not mean to imply that she doesn't work hard for her goals, obviously she does!
    Very inspirational!
    HTFU!

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    Re: Laura Val Breaks Six Masters World Records in One Race

    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Abrahams View Post
    Very nice interview with Laura on the Morning Swim Show

    http://tv.swimmingworldmagazine.com/...-episodes/9328
    I loved it! Oh, I didn't think it was that big a deal, or something like that! Nice person.

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    Re: Laura Val Breaks Six Masters World Records in One Race

    Quote Originally Posted by TRYM_Swimmer View Post
    I loved it! Oh, I didn't think it was that big a deal, or something like that! Nice person.

    Me too - I liked the way she said she was in it for the love of the sport, but she is also very competitive and breaking records is fun!
    30something and way too young for my times

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