U.S. Masters Nationals gets underway tomorrow in Santa Clara, California, and though Masters Swimming doesn’t get the fan recognition of the college or professional circuits, this year’s championships aren’t going to be short on star power.
We’ve already reported on the delegation of pros headed to the meet, including Nathan Adrian, Anthony Ervin, Tom Shields and Darian Townsend. But in classic Masters Swimming tradition, finding famed Olympians at the meet will be a multi-generational exercise.
The men’s 100 free is a great example. It’ll take place Saturday, on the meet’s third day, and includes a who’s-who of Olympians from as recenly as 2012 and as far back as 1980. Take a look at this list, broken down by age bracket (Olympic years are listed in parentheses):
- 50-55: David Sims (USA 1980)
- 45-49: Matt Biondi (USA 1984, 1988, 1992)
- 40-44: Josh Davis (USA 1996, 2000), Dave Wharton (USA 1992)
- 30-35: Anthony Ervin (USA 2000, 2012)
- 25-29: Nathan Adrian (2008, 2012), Darian Townsend (South Africa 2004, 2008, 2012), Philip Morrison (Brazil 2008)
And that’s just one of the 46 events slated to run from Thursday, May 1 to Sunday, May 4 at the George Haines International Swim Center in Santa Clara. A few more of the notable names we’ve noted in the psych sheets:
- Olympic gold medalist Misty Hyman
- 2013 U.S. World Champs representative BJ Johnson
- Olympian and Stanford All-American Dana Kirk
- Olympian Roque Santos
- Masters World Record Holder Steve West
- Masters World Record Holder David Guthrie
- Masters World Record Holder Laura Val
- Former Cal breaststroker Nolan Koon
- His fellow Golden Bear alum William Copeland
- Arizona and Cal freestyler Katherine Raatz
- Stanford grad Andrew Saeta
- SwimSwam co-founder Davis Wuolle
This list is far from exhaustive, especially on the women’s side, where many swimmers are no longer swimming under their maiden names. Feel free to chime in in the comments section with any more high-profile swimmers from years past.
You can find full heat and psych sheets here as well as a meet timeline here. Action begins at 8:00 AM Pacific Time on Thursday.