When Marsh Lake’s Mary Anne Myers hits the pools, records get fragile.
Just weeks after breaking national records at the BC Provincial Masters Swim Meet held in Vancouver, Myers was back at it while competing at the 2010 Canadian Masters Long Course Swimming Championships in Nanaimo, BC, over the weekend.
Competing in the 55-59 category, Myers won gold and set records in the 400-, 800- and 1,500-metre freestyle events – taking a full two-and-a-half minutes off the 1,500-metre.
Myers set national records in the same events at the BC Provincials in April but in the short course (25-metre lengths), not in the long course (50-metre lengths) like this past weekend. She also came second in the 100- and 200- metre backstroke events.
“The 400-, 800- and 1500-metre are all my specialty – in freestyle,” said Myers, who owns and operates the Polar Swim Shop in Whitehorse. “(The records) are all special – they all came from hard work.
“I certainly was on – we all were. We all swam well.”
Myers was joined in Nanaimo by two other Glacier Bear Swim Club members, Kim Bennett in the 25-29 age category and Angie MacNeil in the 40-44 division.
Undefeated at the event, Bennett swam to gold in all her events, winning in the 50-metre freestyle and butterfly, the 400- and 200-metre freestyle and the 100-metre butterfly. Along the way she set four Glacier Bears records.
“She was amazing,” said Myers.
Unlike Myers and Bennett, MacNeil managed to medal in three different strokes, taking thirds in the 400-metre freestyle, 100-metre butterfly and the 50-metre breaststroke. She also cruised to fourth place finishes in the 200-metre individual medley and the 50-metre freestyle.
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