95-Year Old Swimmer Sets National Record in 1650 Free at USMS Nats

2018 USMS SPRING NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

The largest U.S. Masters Swimming (USMS) Spring National Championships to date kicked off with a whisper on Thursday at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis, Indiana. Only 2 of the 44 events that will be raced across the 4-day meet were held on distance day, with the men’s and women’s 1000 and 1650 yard freestyle events for all ages kicking off at 7:30 AM and continuing throughout the day.

We caught 2 National Records broken on the first day, mostly in the oldest age groups. This is not a surprise, given some of the legendary masters distance swimmers that have torn through these record-books in the last few years, like Heidi George, Laura Val, and Karlyn Pipes.

Among the record-setters was 95-year old Willard Lamb from Oregon. Already the National Record setter for the 90-94 age group with a swim done in 2013, Lamb aged up and is now attacking records in the 95-99 age group. On Thursday, he swam a 30:38.15 in the men’s mile, which doesn’t break, but rather sets, the USMS record: they don’t currently maintain a record, implying that nobody has swum this race at a record-qualifying meet in that age group.

Christie Hayes from New England Masters took a huge chunk out of the women’s 70-74 record in the 1650 free. The old mark was a 23:45.69, which Hayes has been very close to with a seed time of 23:47.37. On Thursday, she dropped her age-group best time by 40 seconds to win in 23:07.57, and take 38 seconds off Lavelle Stoinoff’s 2004 National Record.

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Hint of Lime
3 years ago

Incredible! Major kudos for the gumption of swimming a mile at 95.

Markster
Reply to  Hint of Lime
3 years ago

Almost a mile

Coach John
Reply to  Markster
3 years ago

almost a century old

CoachS
3 years ago

Youth is Wasted on the Young! – Congratulations Willard!!!

SwimMomYo
3 years ago

He aged up. I love that.

PowerPlay
3 years ago

Fantastic swimming and thanks to swim swam for covering. These masters are heros.

Frost
3 years ago

I’d poop myself I tried to do that

Coach John
3 years ago

is Mel in Indy for this this weekend? I would relish the chance to give this guy a legit SwimSwam interview. Hell, even a Coleman’s carpool on scooter’s would suffice with a brunch at Denny’s after!

JP input too short
3 years ago

He broke the age group record in the 100 back by 50 seconds today, too.

SwimMomYo
Reply to  JP input too short
3 years ago

I hope we can all make it to that age group. Mr. Lamb is my hero.

Claire
3 years ago

Thank you for covering Masters swimming. More coverage of Masters swimming in the future would be great!

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