Steve West set 3 individual Master’s World Records and the relay team of C.J. Lewis, Evan Kraus, Amy Collins and Dickie Fernandez set another this last weekend at the SPMA Regional Championships held at Belmont Plaza.
Steve West, the oldest male to compete at the U.S. Olympic Trials at 40 years old, now owns all three short course meters world records in the breaststroke events for the 40-44 age group with times of 28.55 in the 50, 1:01.97 in the 100 and 2:15.55 in the 200. West, representing Novaquatics Masters, broke the world records formerly held by Italy’s Alberto Montini.
Cynthia Lewis, Evan Kraus, Amy Collins and Dickie Fernandez swam an 8:25.57 in the mixed 800 free relay. They took down the 8:27.11 swum by Missouri Valley Masters in the 120-159 age group.
C.J. Lewis received the honor of “Swimmer of the Year” for SPMS, 2012. An award well deserved. CONGRATULATIONS C.J.
In addition to these World Records, several Nova Masters Team records were also broken.
John Kirker bested the 50 SCM freestyle record set last year by Dickie Fernandez only to have Dickie Fernandez take it back by .03 seconds in the following heat. Steve West then went on to smash the record by a full second with a final time of 24.45.
Dickie Fernandez reset the records several events. He took the 200 Meter Freestyle down by over 3 seconds from 2:03.08 to 1:59.93 and the 400 Freestyle down from 4:29.18 to 4:25.88. Bernie Zeruhn then took the team record swimming a national age group best time of 4:21.96.
Most everyone reported that they had swam several personal bests during the meet.
It was a hard fought meet with the overall team leads changing hands several times. Nova Masters would like to congratulate San Diego Swim Masters for winning the meet overall and also give props to Las Vegas Masters for taking second place.
Did you swim your best times? Or did you swim your best times in years? Let us know…
You can click the link below to download the sheet containing all participating Nova Masters event times and placements including splits.
2012 Nova Masters SPMA Championship Meet Results
Great swimming everyone and we look forward to everyone getting together for the upcoming Short Course Yards meets in the coming months.