Ritchie Sonner of Juneau broke two Alaska state masters swimming records while competing in the 2001 Short Course Yards National Masters Swimming Championships held May 17-20 in Santa Clara, Calif.
Sonner, a former all-American swimmer at Florida State University, broke the women's age 45-49 record in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1 minute, 11.00 seconds, good for third place in the national meet. Sonner, 45, also broke the 100 butterfly record with a time of 1:07.90, good for sixth place in her age group.
In her other events, Sonner took second place in the 100 individual medley with a time of 1:08.06, was fourth in the 200 IM in 2:33.78 and took fourth place in the 50 butterfly with a time of 30.47 seconds. The top 10 finishers in each age group won medals.
Another Juneau swimmer, Greg Pease, also competed in the national meet, which had seven swimmers from around the state representing Team Alaska. Pease, 50, took 14th place in the men's age 50-54 50 backstroke with a time of 39.61 seconds and was 35th in the 50 freestyle in 30.18.