By Sharon Robb

October 10, 2015—Lisa Blackburn of South Florida Aquatic Club broke a masters world age group record on Day Two of the Rowdy Gaines Masters Classic at Orlando Aquatic Center.

The Bermuda national record holder broke the 100-meter individual medley record in 1:04.19, also a national record by 1.5 seconds and lifetime best by 0.5 seconds.

Blackburn bettered her previous time of 1:05.77. The previous masters world record was 1:04.25 set by Susan Von Der Lippe in November 2008.

Blackburn also won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:13.09 off her seed time of 1:12.32; 50-meter breaststroke in a best time 33.40 and 50-meter freestyle in 26.50, also a best time.

Blackburn, 44, is competing in six events over two days: 100 IM, 100 breaststroke, 50 breaststroke, 50 freestyle, 200 breaststroke and 200 IM.

Four other SOFLO teammates competed on Day Two.

U.S. Olympic gold medalist Claire Donahue, 26, won the 25-29 200-meter butterfly in 2:17.83. Donahue also won the 50-meter freestyle in 25.98.

Catalina Mendieta, 26, of Colombia was second in the 50-meter freestyle in 26.56.

Kile Aukerman, 22, won the 18-24 100-meter individual medley in a best time 58.02, dropping 1.97 and 100-meter breaststroke in 1:03.26, another best time. He also won the 50-meter breaststroke in 29.08.

Alejandro Zambrano, 21, was second in the 18-24 100-meter individual medley in a best time 1:01.64, dropping 4.12 seconds.

Fifty-three clubs are competing in the three-day meet that began on Friday. Other South Florida clubs competing include Swim Fort Lauderdale, recently awarded U.S. Masters Club of the Year; GOLD; Wahoos of Wellington, Palm Beach Masters and T2 Aquatics.

The meet, which concludes on Sunday, is also serving as the Dixie Zone Short Course Meters Championships.


What: Seventh annual Rowdy Gaines Masters Classic

When: Sunday, 8:30 a.m., 25-meter timed finals

Where: YMCA Aquatic Center, 8422 International Drive, Orlando

Admission: $5. For information go to

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