Mark Urban contributed to this report.
David Sims of Illinois Masters’ swimming broke the USMS National Record in the 200 yard fly on Sunday at the Illinois Masters Swimming Association (ILMSA) Short Course State Swimming Championships. The meet was held across the border at Munster High School in Munster, Indiana.
The 55-year old Sims finished in 2:01.67, which broke the old mark of 2:03.18 that was set by Brad Horner in 2010. Sims also holds the 50-54 record set in 2016 (when he was already well into the age group) with a 1:58.49. In 2013, he became the oldest man to break 2 minutes in the event.
Sims was a part of the group of athletes that qualified to represent the United States at the 1980 Olympic Games but didn’t get the chance when the U.S. boycotted the event; he was scheduled to swim the 1500 free. Most of his major youth exploits came as a distance freestyler, including a YMCA National Championship in the 1650 free in 1978, a Junior National championship in the 400 meter free in 1979, and a 1650 free U.S. senior National Title in 1980. He then took 2nd in the 1500 meter free at the 1980 USA National Long Course Championships that served as a replacement for the cancelled Olympic Trials.