Clovis News: Sports

Masters swimmers add on to record meet

More records fell Friday at the U.S. Masters Swimming National Short Course Championship meet Friday at the Clovis North Aquatics Complex.

Among the highlights was U.S. Olympic Hall of Famer Rowdy Gaines breaking the U.S. record for 50-54-year-old men in the 200-yard freestyle. Gaines finished in 1:43.76.

He won the 100-meter freestyle at the 1984 Olympics and was part of the winning 400 free and 400 medley relay teams.

Former U.S. Olympian Roque Santos made waves in the 40-44 200 breaststroke, breaking the U.S. record by finishing in 2:03.74.

The short-course meet continues today and Sunday, starting at about 8 a.m. and running until about 5 p.m. each day. Some 1,500 swimmers are competing.

Monday morning, attention will turn to the U.S. Masters Swimming One Mile National Championship, an open-water swim at Millerton Lake. The lake also was the site of the 2001 USA Swimming 5K Open Water National Championship.

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