Masters set record, qualify for nationals

April 10, 2003 11:00 pm

SANTA CRUZ — Dick Todd of the Tuolumne County Aquatic Masters set a meet record in the 200-yard breaststroke

during the Pacific Masters Short-Course Championships at the University of California.

Todd, 61, negotiated the grueling event in 2:43.45 to eclipse the record he set last year (2:46.44) by nearly three seconds. He won the event in the 60-64 age division and also qualified for the Masters Nationals, which are next month in Tempe, Ariz.

He also won and qualified in the 50 breast with a time of 34.96.

Todd hardly was alone in earning a trip to the nationals as four other Masters swam 10 qualifying times.

• Also in 60-64, Dave Fairfield and Frank Helm finished third and fourth, respectively, in the 1,000 freestyle and both were well under the national qualifying standard of 15:02 — Fairfield in 14:14.76 and Helm in 14:21.59.

• In the same age group for women, Susan White qualified in the 1,000 free (17:28.72) and the 1,650 free (28:36.70). She finished third in both races.

• Mary Tufts, 49, qualified with a personal best in the 100 butterfly (1:14.67).

• Paul McIlroy, 37, qualified in five events, cracking the national standard by more than 10 seconds in the difficult 400 individual medley (4:47.59). He also qualified in the 50 fly (26.36), 50 breast (30.04),

100 breast (1:06.98) and 200 IM (2:12.84).

Also:

• Helm swam a personal best in the 100 free (1:12.15) while leading off in the 400 free relay.

• White had a personal best in the 100 fly (1:53.66).

• Mike Jones, 57, and Toby Palmer, 27, both in the meet for the first time, combined for three bests — Jones in the 50 free (27.89) and Palmer in the 50 free (26.09) and in his first try at the 200 back (2:28.88).

• Helm, Fairfield, Jones and Todd earned a bronze medal for third place in the 400 free relay (4:25.86).