A team of four Belgian masters swimmers representing Mozka Swimming Club shattered the men’s short course meters 160-199 4×100 free relay world record last weekend at a masters meet in Mol, Belgium.
The age group category is the sum of the relay members’ ages.
The “age 163” team of Frédéric Tonus, Michel Van Thielen, Ruud Cuyvers, and Stef Verachten combined for a 3:27.42. Tonus led off in 53.19, Van Thielen went 51.82, Cuyvers was 51.75, and Verachten anchored in 50.66. The men had gone into the meet with their sights set on the world record, as other members of Mozka organized an afterparty for the attempt.
The previous 160+ record of 3:31.49 was set by the Italian team Gianluca Ermeti, Maniero Andrea, Maurizio Tersar, and Massimiliano Gialdi in March of 2018. According to FINA’s records, the Belgian team is just the third to break 4:00 in this event.
The Longhorn Aquatics team of Anders Rasmussen, Todd Bartee, Tyle Blessing, and Mike Varozza was the first to do it, going 3:32.44 back in 2009.