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Americans Break Swimming Records

April 7, 2002

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MOSCOW (AP) _ Aaron Piersol broke two world records, one in a relay, and fellow American Lindsay Benko also bettered a mark Sunday at the World Short Course Swimming Championships.

Peirsol won the men’s 200-meter backstroke in 1 minute, 51.17 seconds, shattering the old mark of 1:51.62, shared by Matt Welsh of Australia and Gordan Kozulj of Croatia.

He then teamed with David Denniston, Peter Marshall and Jason Lezak as the U.S. 400 medley relay team finished in 3:29.00, erasing the record of 3:29.88 set by Australia in 1999.

Benko won the women’s 200 freestyle in 1:54.04, eclipsing the 5-year-old record of Claudia Pol of Costa Rica by 0.13.

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