47-Year-Old Steve West Pops 1:04.99 100 BR LCM at NOVA Grand Challenge


On the first day of the 2019 Speedo Grand Challenge, 47-year-old Steve West continues to improve in the masters realm, lowering his own masters world record in the 100-meter breast.

West, who trains with Irvine Novaquatics Masters, set his year-old 100 breast world record set last year at this meet. In prelims, West finished in 9th place overall with a 1:04.99, nipping his former personal best of 1:05.08 by 9/100.

2018 NOVA Challenge 2019 NOVA Challenge
1st 50 30.87 31.07
2nd 50 34.21 33.92
Final Time 1:05.08 1:04.99

Along with his newly minted 1:04-100 breast LCM world record, West holds the 200 breast LCM records in the 40-44 age group (2:18.57) and 45-49 age group (2:19.44). He also holds both the 100 and 200 breast world records in the SCM pool for both the 40-44 and 45-49 age groups. Likewise, West has 22 US national breaststroke masters records.

Leading the men’s 100 breast prelims is Cal first year Reece Whitley, whose leading time of 1:01.43 is the 13th-fastest American time so far this year. Whitley will be joined by New Zealander Mario Koenigsperger (1:02.90), Aggie Benjamin Walker (1:03.31), and Cal’s Connor Hoppe (1:03.67) in the 4-man super-final.

More Friday Prelims Highlights:

  • The women’s 50 free super-final will be a 2×2 showdown of Team Elite and Cal Aquatics. Michigan post-grad Catie DeLoof (25.54) leads over Cal’s Abbey Weitzeil by 1/100, DeLoof’s fourth-fastest time ever in the event. Behind Weitzel is Team Elite’s Kendyl Stewart (25.62) and Cal’s Katie McLaughlin (25.78).
  • Behind men’s 200 IM leader Yakov Toumarkin of Israel (2:03.73) is Cal post-grad Andrew Seliskar, cruising to the wall at 2:04.44. While this is 6 seconds off his 2018 PB of 1:58.23, this is only his first LCM of the season. In 2018, Seliskar only had four 200 IM LCM swims, including 2018 US Nationals. Seliskar also just made the super-final in the 200 free with a 1:50.66, five seconds off his summer national title time of 1:45.70.
  • Erica Sullivan leads the women’s 400 free super-final with a 4:15.09. A few seconds behind her is Cal NCAA-qualifier Cassidy Bayer, dropping over 6 seconds from her PB to swim sub-4:20 with 4:19.99.
  • Posting the 5th- and 7th-fastest American times this year in the men’s 1500 free are Nick Norman (15:24.27) and Michael Brinegar (15:33.76). Jordan Wilimovsky finished fourth in the prelims with a 15:45.69, however, is the fastest American this year with a 15:05.44.

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3 years ago

This was at a USA swimming meet. Correct me if I’m wrong but is it the case that you cannot set a masters world record at a USA swimming meet?

The world record form below.


Reply to  Seth
3 years ago

Meets can hold multiple sanctions. In this case, the meet hold dual USA Swimming and USMS sanctions (via the Southern Pacific LMSC)

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3 years ago


3 years ago

Would love to see him go under 1:03.29 and qualify for Olympic Trials.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Springbrook
3 years ago

He just missed it (like by a tenth or two in both breastrokes) at 43 for the 2016 Trials.

800 IM
3 years ago

True Michigan Man. Go blue

3 years ago

More proof Phelps should comeback

Scott Morgan
3 years ago


3 years ago

Unreal, way to go Steve!

Tony R
3 years ago

Nice swim Steve!!

Old sprinter
3 years ago

Congratulations Steve. Like a fine wine…

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