Braun and Friends Take Down Three Masters Relay Records at Sunbelt Championships

Retta Race
by Retta Race 1

February 02nd, 2015 News

Charlotte, North Carolina – United States Masters Swimming (USMS) sprinting powerhouse, Erika Braun, did her thing again this past weekend, as she joined three of her North Carolina Masters teammates, Jen Stringer, Kerry Lindauer and Alicia Uhl, in breaking three Masters relay records at the 2015 Sunbelt Championship Meet held at Mecklenburg Aquatic Club.

While at the meet, the foursome competed in the Women 35+ relay category and actually represented three different workout groups that fall within the North Carolina Masters Local Swim Committee (LSC) umbrella.  Braun and Stringer both compete for Raleigh Area Masters, while Uhl trains with Hawk Masters in Wilmington, NC and Lindauer swims with home club SwimMAC Masters in Charlotte.

Full Meet Results

The four athletes joined forces to break the 200y freestyle relay in a new time of 1:36.42, taking down the previous record of 1:36.90 set by Rocky Mountain Masters back in May of 2003 and they split lightning fast legs in the process – 24.50 (Lindauer), 24.73 (Uhl), 24.06 (Stringer) and 23.13 (Braun).  **Reminder, this is NOT an age group or college meet – these are MASTERS splits.

The 800y freestyle relay was their next victim, as 2003’s record of 8:00.23 from San Diego Swim Masters was wiped off the books with the NC superwomen clocking of a new mark of 7:58.40.  The result was highlighted by two sub-2-minute splits – Braun to lead off the relay in a swift 1:56.87 and then Lindauer in the anchor position splitting 1:58.50.   Stringer and Uhl registered 2:01.37 and 2:01.66, respectively.

To complete their trifecta of record-breaking terror, the women took on the 400y medley relay for their 35+ age group and knocked down the previous twelve-year-old mark.  Stringer (1:03.18), Lindauer (1:09.12), Uhl (1:00.75) and Braun (51.43) combined for a wicked time of 4:04.48 to obliterate the San Diego Swim Masters’ record of 4:07.99.

On the experience as a whole at Sunbelt, Braun comments, “Jen, Kerry, Alicia and I make such a successful team because we truly enjoy the sport, each other and having fun.  The records were just icing on the cake!”

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Congratulations, ladies. Well done! You all are amazing.

About Retta Race

Retta Race

After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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