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Local senior swimmers smash records

first_imgWATERVILLE — Maine Masters swimmers had a rare shot at setting four of the five 25-meter course relay records at a meet on July 2.Five New England records and eight Maine records were broken at the meet.Standing New England records for the 80-year-old men’s relays, which were already held by Mainers, were more than a decade old.The ages of the four swimmers on the team combined to total more than 320 years. Maine’s six-man attack team consisted of Bill Reeve (85, Ellsworth YMCA), Phil Kerr (81, Augusta YMCA), Bill Jones (79, Penobscot Bay YMCA), Frank Giustra (79, Penobscot Bay YMCA), Peter Giustra (78, Penobscot Bay YMCA) and Harry Schmitke (78, Penobscot Bay YMCA). Hans Wendel (80, formerly of Dover-Foxcroft YMCA) was on his way from Florida when he suffered a stroke and couldn’t compete. The team reports that he is recovering well.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textIn the 200-meter freestyle relay, Reeve, Frank Giustra, Kerr and Jones took 28 seconds (12 percent) off the 2004 state and New England record.In the 400-meter freestyle relay, Reeve, Kerr, Frank and Peter Giustra took 35 seconds (7 percent) off the 2001 state and New England record.In the 200-meter medley relay, Reeve, Schmitke, Jones and Peter Giustra took 29 seconds (12 percent) off the 2001 state and New England record.In the 400-meter medley relay, Reeve, Schmitke, Jones and Frank Giustra set Maine and New England records for the new event.The age 60 mixed relay team included Susan Rardin (66, Penobscot Bay YMCA), Doug Trenkle (67, Ellsworth YMCA), Tish Noyes (64, Ellsworth YMCA) and Tim Lecrone (43, Waterville meet organizer). Their ages combined for 240 years.In the 200-meter freestyle relay, the team missed the Maine record by 3.96 seconds.In the 400-meter freestyle relay, they set a Maine record for the new event.In the 200-meter medley relay, they set a Maine record, where none previously existed, and broke the New England record by 0.92 seconds.In the 400-meter medley relay, they broke the Maine record by 0.76 seconds.In addition to their record-breaking relay performances, Trenkle and Noyes swam individual events as well.Noyes swam the 50-meter freestyle, 400-meter freestyle, 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter individual medley and 100-meter freestyle.Trenkle swam the 50-meter freestyle, 50-meter butterfly, 50-meter backstroke and 100-meter individual medley.No records were broken in these individual performances, but some could be national top-ten times once results are compiled at the end of the year.last_img

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