Annemieke Blackman Breaks 45-49 Masters World Record In 200 Breast

by Sidney Zacharias 4

June 07th, 2023 Masters, News, Records

2023 Jack Barnacastle Invitational

  • June 2-4, 2023
  • Birmingham Crossplex, Birmingham, AL
  • LCM (50 meters)
  • Results on MeetMobile: “2023 SE BSL Jack Barncastle Invitational”

45-year-old Annemieke Blackman had a fantastic weekend of racing at the 2023 Jack Barncastle Invitational in Alabama. Blackman’s meet was highlighted by her performance in the 200 breaststroke, where she set a new Masters World Record in the women’s 45-49 age group with a time of 2:43.20.

The previous record stood at 2:43.73, done by South Africa’s Heather Morris-Eyton in 2013. Consequently, Blackman’s time also took her under Caroline Krattli‘s U.S. Masters Record of 2:45.20.

Blackman was entered at 2:46.11, meaning she took nearly three seconds off her season best. She opened her race in a 1:16.36, then came back in the final 100 in 1:26.84. She was entered as an exhibition swimmer, but her time would have finished 2nd overall in the meet.

In addition to the 200 breast, Blackman also competed in the 100 free (1:07.58) and 200 IM (2:43.09), where she also dropped from her entry times.

Just before the Jack Barnacastle Invitational, 45-year-old Gabrielle Rose threw down a 2:32.86 in the 200 breast at the Speedo Grand Challenge. However, the Speedo Grand Challenge was only sanctioned by USA Swimming, while the Jack Barnacastle Invite was dual-sanctioned with USMS. Rose’s time could potentially be recognized for the U.S. Masters Record, but may not be ratified by World Aquatics for the World Record.

Rose is a two-time Olympian, while Blackman (previously McReynolds) represented the U.S. at the Pan American Games in 1999 and swam collegiately for Auburn University.

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3 months ago

Gotta ask as an ignoramous… is there a place online where these events are aggregated? By LSC or whatever? Club teams don’t seem to do a good job communicating what events are available to swim at at the masters level. And if you are just a registered “masters” swimmer I wouldn’t really even know where to start.

3 months ago

ANNEMIEKE is super fast

3 months ago

Love that Breast is almost faster than IM!!

cant kick cant pull
Reply to  PhillyMark
3 months ago

me too. got to love breastrokers – that’s rare!