The winter swim season of 2018-2019 got off to a fast start at the Hood River SCM meet on November 10, 2018, when the Women’s 240-279 400 Meter Medley Relay team of Karen Andrus-Hughes, Colette Crabbe, Laura Worden, and Arlene Delmage wasted no time swimming to a new FINA world record of 5:12.09. There’s nothing like a November taper! Wonder what they’ll go in the Association meet? Other noteworthy swims were the eleven Zone records set in the now one-day meet, meaning swimmers had to recover fast before all their events.
Sue Calnek-Morris set three new Zone marks in the Women’s 75-79 age group with a 1:38.83 in the 100 M Freestyle, 3:37.83 in the 200 Meter Free and smashing the old record of 8:28.01 in the 400 M Free with a 7:20.25. Kurt Grote, swimming in the Mens 45-49 age bracket, lowered the previous mark of 1:09.20 in the 100 Breaststroke with a fast 1:05.93 as well as setting a new standard in the 100 IM with a 1:01.34.
Lastly, another relay team showed their stuff when the team of James Adams, Matt Miller, and new world record relay-holders Colette Crabbe and Arlene Delmage combined their efforts in the 200-239 Mixed 800 Freestyle Relay, swimming it in 9:28.95. Tired but rewarded with fast times, swimmers could go home psyched for upcoming meets in December and January, and point toward that taper in the spring!