2023 USMS SPRING NATIONALS
- April 27 – May 1, 2023
- William Woollett Jr. Aquatic Center, Irvine, CA
- SCY (25 yards)
- Meet Website
- Psych Sheets + Results
- Live results also available 0n MeetMobile – “2023 USMS Spring Nationals”
- More detailed results on SwimSwam here
Super Bowl quarterback Matthew Stafford‘s dad, John Stafford, won a US Master’s national title in the 1000 free this weekend, two years after suffering a heart attack.
John Stafford, 75, finished second in the men’s 500 free (6:20.77) and fourth in the 100 free (1:03.18) before winning the 1000 free in a 13:07.00, dropping almost two minutes off his seed time.
John Stafford suffered a heart attack while alone in his pool two years ago and then joined Jim Montgomery Masters Swimming Team (JMMS), which he still represents.
As seen below, John’s son, Matthew, counted laps for John’s 1000 free on Friday.
John Stafford has a history with swimming as he was the head men’s swimming coach at Florida State from 1977-1982. Under his tenure, the Seminoles had an overall record of 30-16 (.652). The best record was during John Stafford’s first year when the team went 9-2 (.818). Prior to arriving at Florida State as a head coach, John Stafford coached at The Bolles School from 1972-1976.
John Stafford resigned from coaching in July 1982 and he entered the business world where he sold insurance.
Notably, Matthew Stafford won the Super Bowl while playing football for the Los Angeles Rams during the 2021 season. As John has now won a master’s national title, there are two national champions in the family. The drive from the Rams stadium (SoFi) to the pool where US Masters is being held (William Woollett Jr. Aquatic Center) is a total of approximately 45 miles.