Genn has record book’s number |

Genn has record book’s number

Matt O'Neill

Genn Amthor is burning up the swim lanes.

The senior at California Baptist University has spent the better part of the last two weeks setting new records at the Pacific Coast Championships and NIAA National Championships in the 100- and 200-meter butterfly.

At the Pacific Coast meet in Long Beach, Calif., Amthor broke the meet record of 56.8 in the 100 fly by swimming a 55.73 and shattered the meet record of 2:03 in the 200 by almost two seconds (2:01.33).

The times set at the Pacific Coast Championships qualified the former South Tahoe Viking for the Phillips 66 Nationals March 27-April 2 in Austin, Texas.

“They’re like the Olympics, only held every year,” Amthor said.

But Amthor wasn’t done with her record-setting ways. At the NAIA Championships in Vancouver, British Columbia, she blasted her way to two more records.

In the 200 meters, Amthor broke a record that had been standing since 1982.

Her time of 2 minutes, 15 seconds was a full second faster than the old 2:16.

In the 100 fly, Amthor displaces her own name atop the fastest times.

After slipping off the starting block, Amthor was able to recover and break her own mark of 1:03.7 by swimming a 1:03.1.

Amthor’s record-setting pace is starting to make a name for the second-year program at Cal Baptist.

“It’s getting interesting now,” Amthor said. “We’re not any high-powered program, so it’s exciting to make our school known.”

If she keeps up this pace, everyone will soon know Amthor’s name.

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