WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
FORT LAUDERDALE—Biggi Lohberg of the Coral Springs masters team broke an age group national record at the YMCA Masters National Championships.
Lohberg, 44, broke the 40-44 50-yard butterfly national record in a masters career-best 26.60 seconds, bettering her seed time of 28.00. Jennifer Ridge, 41, of Danville, ILL. was second in 27.55.
The previous national record was 27.05, set by Sarasota’s Sylvia Buxton in 2008.
Lohberg also won the 100-yard butterfly in 58.01, bettering her seed time of 58.50. Her 50 split was 27.66. Ridge was second in 1:00.38.
Lohberg was also second in the 200-yard backstroke in a best time of 2:13.64 and third in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:02.61.
Lohberg, a 1988 Olympian, was competing for YMCA of Broward County. She is an ASCA Level 4 swimming coach and Director of Swim America Coral Springs. She is still an outstanding swimmer earning several Masters titles and All-American honors.
Among other top Coral Springs finishers were:
Letti Castro, 50, won the 50-54 1,650-yard freestyle in a best time of 19:56.97; won the 500-yard freestyle in a best time 5:51.45; won the 400-yard individual medley in a best time of 5:21.63; third in the 100 butterfly in 1:10.29.
Celia Devanney, 52, won the 50-54 1,000-yard freestyle in a best time of 12:14.16; second in the 500-yard freestyle in a best time of 5:57.00; third in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:16.71; fourth in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:11.
Barbara Protzman, 55, won the 55-59 50-yard butterfly in a best time 31.69; second in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:21.98; second in the 500 freestyle in 6:31.03; second in the 400 IM in 5:59.07; second in the 200 IM in a best time of 2:42.55 and second in the 100 butterfly in 1:18.83.
Lars Ferron, 54, sixth in the 50-54 50-yard butterfly in 28.14; eighth in the 400-yard individual medley in a best time of 5:54.
Ray Venture, 61, fourth in the 100-yard butterfly in a best time of 2:32.66 and 12th in the 50 butterfly in 58.07.
The meet, being held at the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex, concludes Sunday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. with timed finals. A field of 600 swimmers from YMCA clubs throughout the nation are competing.
Sharon Robb can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org