The United States Aquatic Sports Convention largely centers around USA Swimming, their rules changes, and their awards.
But true to its name, this is not the USA Swimming convention, it’s the Aquatic Sports convention, and United States Masters Swimming also gave out some awards, where Whitney Hedgepeth of Longhorn Aquatics was named the 2013 USMS Coach of the Year.
Longhorn Aquatics had big success at both the 2013 Pan Am Masters Championships and the 2013 Summer National Masters Championships: the two major events for American Masters swimmers this year.
At the Pan Am Championships, Andy Rasmussen won 5 events in the men’s 50-54 age group, ranging from the 50 free (26.29) to the 400 IM (5:07.51).
Then at Nationals, where TXLA had a much bigger contingent, the hardware rolled in. Among their National champions included Kendal Jacobson in the women’s 45-49 50 breaststroke (39.67), who also medaled in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes.
David Guthrie picked up wins in both the 50 and 100 breaststrokes (30.48 and 1:07.16), and broke men’s 50-54 World Records in both in the process. He also was on pace to crush his own World Record in the 200 breast, but was DQ’ed in that race.
Rasmussen added a National title in the 50 fly (27.04) to go with his previous Pan Am championship, but the big winner at Nationals was Jim Sauer in the men’s 55-59 age group.
He won the 200 back, 200 fly, 200 IM, and 400 IM at Nationals, and those three combined with Dale Huggins to win the men’s 200-239 200 Medley Relay.
Hedgepeth won three Olympic medals at the 1996 Games: silvers in the 100 and 200 backstrokes, and gold as part of the American 400 medley relay.