Caroline Makin of the Tuggeranong Masters Swimming Club has smashed 34 seconds from the 400m butterfly NSW State Record in the 45-49 age group which has been held for nearly 25 years.
The record was set on Saturday March 2, 2013 at the Gordon Fetterplace Aquatic Centre in Campbelltown NSW. The previous record was held by Virginia Head of the Warringah Masters Club and her time was set on July 23rd, 1988 swimming the event in 8 minutes 19.23 seconds. Caroline swam the event in 7 minutes 45.04 seconds in trying cold and overcast conditions.
Caroline said that the time was some 15 seconds faster than she realistically thought she could swim the event. “I an even more chuffed now that I know the record was 25 years old,” she says. “And taking 34 seconds off the time is a big bonus”.
Caroline, who grew up in the UK City of Newcastle also said that Butterfly was her worst stroke as a kid and that this was her first swim for the 2013 season with Masters Swimming NSW. Her sister, Philippa Rickard was the first international swimmer produced by the City of Newcastle Amateur Swimming Club.
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Caroline now thinks she can get the Short Course record in the same event and will have a crack at it later in the year.
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At the time of publication of this post, it was understood that this record would stand.
However a review by Masters Swimming NSW has subsequently revealed that the record may not stand due to a technical issue with the pool in which this swim was completed.
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