Four Midcoast masters swimmers were members of relays that set New England records Nov. 14.

At the Riverton Community Center pool, two New England 800-meter freestyle relay records were set: one for accumulated ages 280-319 with a time of 13:47.82 and other for the 240-279 age group with a time of 13:48.36. The first time lowered the previous record by more than 3 1/2 minutes.

William Jones, 73, of Hope, Frank Giustra, 73, of Waldoboro, Kristi Panayotoff, 62, of Lincolnville, and Peter Giustra, 72, of Warren were the local Masters swimmers who were part of the record-setting relays.

The relays were mixed with two women and two men on each team. For the 280-319 age group, which had an average age of 70, the team members were: Jones of Hope; Frank Giustra of Waldoboro; Nancy O’Brien-MacKinnon, 58, of New Harbor; and Ronnie Kamplauser, 76, of Phippsburg.

For the 240-279 age group, which had an average age of 60, team members were: Panayatoff of Lincolnville; Peter Giustra of Warren; Allison Stratis, 41, of Scarborough; and Bill Rupert, 67, of Turner.

All of the swimmers are members of the Maine Masters Swim Club. Maine Masters is open to anyone over age 18. For more information, go online at

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