Masters World Records Tumble in Long Beach

Matt Biondi breaks world record in Masters debut; Five swimmers break multiple records

Published:December 4, 2012 ( Swimming World)

LONG BEACH, California, December 3. THREE-TIME Olympian Matt Biondi had a stellar Masters swimming debut over the weekend at the Southern Pacific short course meters championships, breaking a world record in the 50 freestyle, while six others broke individual marks.

Biondi, the 1988 Olympic champion in the 50 freestyle, swam a 23.65 on Saturday to dip under Janne Virtanen's standard of 23.67 in the 45-49 age group. Biondi, 47 years old representing Conejo Valley Masters, made his official Masters debut earlier in the day with the 50 butterfly, nearly breaking Fritz Bedford's world record of 25.74 with a 25.80.

In addition to Matt’s recording breaking swim CVMM athletes racked up over 40 top three finishes and broke over 25 team records!  CVMM head coach Nancy Kirkpatrick Reno continued her success in the backstroke ranking top 10 in the world again in 2012.