For the record

World. Canada’s Brian Johns turned in a stunning, world record performance in the 400 meter (short course) IM at the Canadian Inter-University Swimming (CIS) Championships on Feb. 21. Representing the University of British Columbia, Johns blazed an amazing 4:02.72, hacking more than a second-and-a-half from Australia’s Matt Dunn’s previous global standard set five years ago.

American. At the Pac-10 Championships, Stanford’s Tara Kirk lowered her own American/NCAA record in the 100 yard breast to 58.41. In the 200, her 2:07.37 just missed her own mark by 1-hundredth of a second.

At that same meet, Cal’s incredible Natalie Coughlin took her own 100 yard free mark down to 47.42. Days before, Georgia’s Maritza Correia had clocked 47.49, third-fastest all-time, setting up an exciting duel between the two speedsters come NCAAs. A sub47 is by no means out of the question.

Swimming exhibition at the ACC Championships, an unshaved, untapered Ed Moses clocked an aweinspiring 1:51.88 for the 200 yard breast-precisely one second faster than Brendan Hansen’s domestic standard.

NCAA Div. II. Southern Connecticut State University’s Ben Michaelson clocked an NCAA Div. II record 45.87 for the 100 yard fly at the Metropolitan Conference Championships. The time is faster than any Div. I swimmer has done this year, and it makes him the third-fastest man in history. Michaelson also swam Div. II records in the 50 (19.40) and 100 free (43.34).

Loni Burton, Cal State Bakersfield sophomore and daughter of distance legend Mike Burton, took the 100 fly mark down to 55.09. Last year, Corey Dennis cracked Angel Myers’ 16– year-old record with her 55.42.

UCSD soph Rosanna Delurgio lowered the Div. II records in the 100 and 200 yard breaststroke with times of 1:02.92 and 2:15.92.

High School. On Feb. 22, Garrett Weber-Gale, a senior at Nicolet H.S. (Glendale, Wis.), broke one of the oldest high school records on the books when he raced to a 43.49 for the 100 yard freestyle at the Wisconsin State Division I Championships. The previous standard, 43.73, was set by Ugur Taper 11 years earlier to the day. Weber-Gale swims for Circle C Swim Club in Austin, Texas.


Appointed. Eddie Reese and Mark Schubert were named the head men’s and women’s coaches, respectively, of the 2004 U.S. Olympic swim team. Reese is the men’s coach of the University of Texas and Texas Aquatics in Austin. Schubert is head men’s and women’s coach at the University of Southern California and the Trojan Swim Club in Los Angeles.

Mike Troy was named Swimming National Team Director by U.S. Paralympics. Troy won two gold medals at the 1960 Olympics and has served in numerous USA Swimming leadership positions. Troy was joined by Julie O’Neill, who was appointed Swimming National Program Manager.

Honored. Texas swimming legend Julian “Tex” Robertson, 93, was honored in Burnet, Texas, when the pool at the Galloway Hammond Recreation Center was named in honor of the swimming pioneer. Robertson put the University of Texas swim program on the map in the 1930s and 1940s by recruiting and barnstorming with famous Yankees such as Olympic backstroke gold medalist Adolph Kiefer.

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