Ervin Hits Fastest 100 FR in 3 Years as More Records Fall at Masters Nationals

U.S. MASTERS SWIMMING SUMMER NATIONALS

Three-time Olympic champion Anthony Ervin, 38, swam his third 100 free since 2016 Olympic Trials Friday at the 2019 U.S. Masters Nationals in Mission Viejo.

At 51.73, the swim was his fastest attempt of the three. In June 2017 he went 52.16, and in May 2018 went 54.44. At Trials in 2016, he went 48.54; Ervin’s best time is 48.33, from the 2001 FINA World Championships.

Rowdy Gaines still owns the men’s 100 free USMS 35-39 age group record at 51.49, from 1995.

Thursday, Ervin logged just his fourth race of the 2018-2019 season, going 23.09 in the 50 free.

Records broken on Day 3:

  • Jack Groselle, representing Sarasota Sharks Masters, broke the men’s 65-69 100 freestyle USMS record and FINA masters world record in 59.49.
  • Representing Tamalpais Aquatic Masters, Richard Burns set a USMS men’s 75-79 100 freestyle record in 1:06.55.
  • Steve West (Novaquatics Masters), the multi-time masters world record holders in the 100 breast, set USMS men’s 45-49 50 breaststroke record in 29.42.
  • Laurel Hill, representing Arizona Masters, set the USMS record in the women’s 50-54 50 breaststroke at 36.94.
  • Swim Fort Lauderdale’s team of Enzo Pazos, Elizabeth Zubero, Josefina Lorda Taylor and Blake Woodrow set a USMS record in the mixed 72-99 200 freestyle relay, going 1:45.12.
  • Ventura County Masters’ team of Steven Heck, Hubie Kems, Glenn Gruber and Bruce Rollins set a USMS record and FINA masters world record in the men’s 280-319 200 medley relay, combining for a 2:15.90.
  • Oregon Masters’ team of Valerie Jenkins, Colette Crabbe, Arlene Delmage and Janet Gettling went a USMS record in the women’s 240-279 200 medley relay, going 2:22.45.

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MKW
2 years ago

Awesome that Tony is still going strong after all these years, it’s so cool to see his renewed passion for the sport since his comeback. Might be my favorite swimmer to hear being interviewed….We may give Rowdy crap on his commentating skills but the guy was a beast in the pool.(and still is)

Texas Tap Water
Reply to  MKW
2 years ago

Rowdy is a truly crap commentator

Heyitsme
Reply to  Texas Tap Water
2 years ago

Couldn’t agree more

beach bum j
Reply to  Texas Tap Water
2 years ago

Yes showing passion and excitement for something you do like commentating is crappy. Umm usually when a person is unexcited and lethargic would be consider crappy :/ Yes Rowdy doesn’t know anything about swimming even though he has won multiple gold medals and has had several World Records. Of course more sarcasm since people can’t win multiple gold medals and have world records if they don’t know what they are doing!

m d e
Reply to  beach bum j
2 years ago

Lots of people are good at swimming without being particularly knowledgeable about it. It is one of the sports where that is possible.

Not that I am necessarily putting him in that basket (although his commentary is deplorable). I think his poor commentary has a lot more to do with his lack of effort than with his lack of knowledge. He has very poor knowledge of any swimmer outside the US. And inside the US he is a bit inconsistent as well.

Don’t mistake enthusiasm for effort either.

PVSFree
2 years ago

That 45-49 50 breast record is pretty damn quick. 29.4? Wow

HonestObserver
2 years ago

It’s a little tiresome to hear people complain about Rowdy all the time. Yes, he focuses too much on a few things like reaction times and which side someone’s breathing to, but he’s far, far better than his predecessors (Spitz and Naber) were. A lot of people don’t seem to realize how hard it is to do a show live and essentially ad lib, which is what all sports announcers must do. He conveys tremendous enthusiasm for the sport. He’s modest, never referring to his own accomplishments (unlike his predecessors). And he’s always gracious to his (non-swimming) announcing partners, who make all sorts of egregious mistakes, by refraining from correcting them on air. I met him once, at a masters… Read more »

Captain Awesome
Reply to  HonestObserver
2 years ago

He might be the best that America has had, but compared to commentators from a lot of other countries he just doesn’t cut it. Commentating is obviously harder than it seems, but Rowdy has been doing this for years and is still disappointing. I agree that the constant ribbing on Rowdy might be unhelpful and annoying for those of us who hear it regualarly, but it doesn’t make the criticism any less true. Unfortunately enthusiasm alone doesn’t make you qualified for the job.

Heyitsme
Reply to  HonestObserver
2 years ago

It’s not hard to just focus on the race he’s watching and talk about all of the swimmers. They have stats on them… no excuses to leave anyone out

Texas Tap Water
Reply to  HonestObserver
2 years ago

The problem is, there are many swimming commentators that are also knowledgeable, yet able convey their knowledge effectively during the race, make commentary on the actual race being broadcast, and have great enthusiasm too.

You need to watch swimming races from other feed/broadcast to understand how crappy Rowdy is.

Silent Observer
Reply to  HonestObserver
2 years ago

I would say it’s time to let some of the recently retired swimmers step up.

One big example is Elizabeth BEISEL. She was with ESPN for the ACC Championships and conveyed the enthusiasm alongside the facts as well as anyone in recent years.

I’d much rather listen to her commentary for hours then endure Rowdy. He was good for a bit… But had gotten old fast. I just don’t appreciate his yelling and half the time focusing on a swimmer in the race who isn’t even in the lead (but he thinks they are). Then acts astounded when the score board shows they didn’t win.

THEO
Reply to  Silent Observer
2 years ago

Beisel would be awesome.

Aquabullet
Reply to  Silent Observer
2 years ago

This is kind of a different idea – but why not a relatively experienced coach who isn’t coaching at the meet he/she is commentating on?

Wolfpack
Reply to  HonestObserver
2 years ago

Couldn’t agree more with you. Rowdy is great for the sport

Small bird
Reply to  HonestObserver
2 years ago

It’s nice to hear some positive thoughts on rowdy’s commentary. I agree with a lot of what you said here — commentary is a lot harder than we think, rowdy’s better than his predecessors, and he’s pretty modest.

I still think he’s not good and I’d rather watch on mute

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  HonestObserver
2 years ago

I agree with most points, except I enjoyed John Naber when he was doing commentaries. He too was a world record holder & while he did not bring the same excitable passion as only Rowdy can do, he was still very good in his own quieter way.

Austinpoolboy
2 years ago

Will Anthony try for Tokyo?

Hmmmm
Reply to  Austinpoolboy
2 years ago

he already got gold in 2016, that’s a perfect end to his career.

also he’s got about the same chance as me. a 51 ain’t cutting it.

Owlmando
Reply to  Hmmmm
2 years ago

He does not have the same chance as you unless you also are a decorated Olympian who has proven themselves capable of a comeback after a decade. Put some respek on my mans name

Gary B
Reply to  Hmmmm
2 years ago

He won’t make it with a 51+ or 23+, but these times probably happened with levels of training that are scaled way back. Get him back to full on training with an elite coach and his times would come down. But I haven’t heard he wants to.

Kristiina
2 years ago

50 free is come possible very good. Under 22 seconds is possible
He is 38 years old.

Bobo Gigi
2 years ago

Ervin’s race is at 5h07min40s in the video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Pa-0gV3WHE

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Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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