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Adrian, Ervin and Townsend Headline US Masters Nationals in Santa Clara

With the Mesa Grand Prix having ended only days ago, and the swimming world collectively regaining their breath after Michael Phelps’ return to competition, it’s back to the blocks for Nathan Adrian, Darian Townsend and Anthony Ervin. This time they take their talents to Santa Clara, California, for the U.S. Masters Nationals.

Adrian is coming off a very solid competition in Mesa, where he posted top 5 times in both the 100m and 50m freestyle. He looked especially impressive in the 50, where he posted a 21.73, which was just off of his personal best time.

There will be some fantastic overlap of past and present swimmers, with iconic American sprinter Matt Biondi (former world record holder in the 100m freestyle) competing, as well as fellow Olympians Josh Davis and Dave Wharton. Fellow past Olympians Roque Santos and Misty Hyman — famed for her massive underwater dolphin kick will also be racing.

The competition kicks off today and runs until the end of the weekend. This meet is the spring version of USMS’ nationals, and is swum in short course yards, with summer nationals to be held in August in College Park, Maryland.


A national organization that oversees masters swimming, USMS is basically the older, grizzled version of USA Swimming. Servicing over 60,000 members nationwide, USMS comprises of around 1,500 clubs and organizations. They publish their own magazine, SWIMMER magazine, and sanction local and national competitions.

You can find more information about the competition, including results, psych sheets and information on upcoming events and results by visiting their official website here.

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