The men’s 100 yard freestyle was tabbed to be one of, if not the, premier event at this year’s United States Masters Swimming National Championships, and it lived up to billing.
In the men’s 25-29 age group, Nathan Adrian won and crushed the Masters National Record with a 41.13. That nearly cracked his own personal best that was done in 2009 at NCAA’s in the polyurethane suits; in combination with his 50 from Friday, and considering that this is the first weekend of May, Adrian continues to demonstrate how locked-in he is.
Adrian’s best time of 41.13 is not only the Masters’ National Record, but it also rattled the USA Swimming, any age, no-holds-barred American Record in the event, just .05 off of the mark Adrian already owns with that 2009 swim.
(Update: Adrian’s swim was originally reported as tying the American record at 41.08, but a statement from USMS on Sunday announced that this was a timing error, and his actual time was a 41.13. You can read the statement here.)
In this race, Adrian beat 29-year old South African Darian Townsend, who while still competing as a pro has become much more of a fixture on the Masters’ circuit, was 2nd in 43.13. That’s exactly a second away from the 42.13 that he had held as a Masters’ Record before today.
Moving up the age groups, Anthony Ervin (43.18) broke Mike Picotte’s 2004 National Record with a 43.18. Picotte’s old mark was a 44.53.
Mario Marshall took 2nd in that age group in 46.24.
Josh Davis was a 3rd National Record breaker, having been a 45.15 iat 41 to win the men’s 40-44 age group. The old mark was a 2008 Michael Ross 45.35.
The winners of these 100 frees went much the way of the 50 frees the day before. 8-time Olympic gold medalist Matt Biondi took the 45-49 age group in 46.83.
David Sims continued to be one of the biggest stars at this meet in the men’s 50-54 age group. He won his 3rd event of the weekend with a 47.74 in this 100 yard free, taking the group by two-and-a-half seconds.
A 4th swimmer got in on the record-breaking action in the men’s 80-84 age group. David Radcliff from Oregon was a 1:04.60 in the men’s 100 free; that not only won by 14 seconds, it broke the Masters’ National Record by more than 4. Radcliff has dominated the record book for his age group since Thursday, when he broke 4 American Masters’ Records in one swim on Thursday in the 1650 free.
A full Saturday recap will be available at the session’s conclusion.
Full, live meet results available here.