Lochte, Adrian Cap 2017 Masters Nationals With Victories


On the final day of the 2017 U.S. Masters Nationals both Ryan Lochte and Nathan Adrian added to their medal hauls, each earning an individual gold and Adrian adding a relay gold as well. That gives Lochte a total of six gold and seven medals on the meet, while Adrian finishes up with four gold. Adrian only competed on the last two days after racing in Irvine at the Meet of Champions on Friday, where he had an impressive 48.74 showing in the 100 free.

Lochte’s win on Sunday came in the 100 back, where he clocked 46.57 to narrowly miss the 30-34 Masters National Record by two tenths. The record belongs to Adam Mania, set back in 2013 at 46.34.

Adrian was slated to swim the 50 free and 100 back on day 4, but was a no-show in the latter, much to the dismay of his fans who rarely see him race anything other than freestyle. In the 50, Adrian took the 25-29 title in 20.20, just ahead of runner-up Luke Pechmann who clocked 20.46 for 2nd. Adrian added his relay gold in the mixed 25+ 200 medley, where he anchored in 19.73 to give his Olympic Club the victory.

Adrian was actually outclassed by the winner in the age-groups above and below him, with 18-24 winner Jeff Garnier coming in at 20.11 and 30-34 winner Simon Burnett clocking the top time of 20.07. Burnett, a former NCAA and British Record holder and 3-time Olympian, also won the 200 free in a time of 1:36.99.

There was a total of 18 Masters National Records on day four. Take a look at the full list below:

  • Jill Hernandez, Women 55-59 400 IM, 4:49.56
  • Charlotte Davis, Women 65-69 400 IM, 5:34.09
  • Jeff Farrell, Men 80-84 50 free, 28.68
  • Lauren Val, Women 65-69 50 free, 26.73
  • Diann Uustal, Women 70-74 50 free, 29.60
  • Jim Sauer, Men 60-64 200 fly, 2:07.49
  • Jeff Natalizio, Men 35-39 100 back, 47.86
  • Noriko Inada, Women 35-39 100 back, 53.58
  • Karlyn Pipes, Women 55-59 100 back, 1:00.80
  • Lauren Val, Women 65-69 100 back, 1:06.48
  • Diann Uustal, Women 70-74 100 back, 1:17.27
  • Rick Colella, Men 65-69 200 free, 1:52.57
  • Karlyn Pipes, Women 55-59 200 free, 1:57.90
  • Steve West, Men 45-49 50 breast, 26.05
  • Rick Colella, Men 65-69 50 breast, 29.26
  • Caroline Krattli, Women 55-59 50 breast, 32.13
  • Charlotte Davis, Women 65-69 50 breast, 37.49
  • Puget Sound Masters, 65+ Mixed 200 medley relay, 2:04.19


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An 80 year old man swimming a 28.6 50 free is pretty darn impressive.

Kirk Nelson

Jeff Farrell has been swimming very fast for a very long time!


Incredible. To me that’s the second best swim all time behind Lezak 46.06. 😉

cynthia curran

Yes, it is, I have found out that older swimmer’s lose some of the youthful speed. Most 80 year old men in masters probably swim in the 40’s.


That 80 year old guy once made the Olympic team (1960) 6 days after an appendectomy.


I read his book last year, My Olympic Story:Rome. Loved it.

Years of Plain Suck

While looking at the Masters results, I noticed that the record for the women’s 100 yard free is 48:34 set in 2007 (thus a non super-suited swim) by Dara Torres. This year’s 40-44 women’s winning time in the 100 free at Masters nationals is 53.05. The winning time for this year’s MEN’S 40-44 age group at nationals in the 100 free was 48.01.

The women’s record in 50 yard free for the 40-44 group was also set by Torres in 2007 with a time of 21:91. This year’s women’s winning time in the 40-44 group is 24.33.

I wonder what supplements (cough, cough) Dara was using. I could use them as I continue moving up age groups!


When the actual Olympian-level talent competes in Masters, it’s a ridiculous gap when they’re taking it seriously. Look at Jeff Farrell. 28.6 in the 50 free at 80? Rick Colella? He’s beating guys at least 10 years younger than he is in some events. 2:03 200 IM at 65? At Santa Clara, Adrian swam so fast he beat the 20 second time delay on the first 50 of his 100 free, which would have been an American Record. Lochte and Grevers crushed people. The rest of us are mere mortals. No need to smear Dara.

Years of Plain Suck

Bigly: You make some valid points. I was just surprised that her 100 free 40-44 record from 2007 would have platformed in this year’s MEN’S 40-44 100 free (48.34 to 48.01). I’ve been to enough masters nationals to know that a lot of dudes put in the work and preparation to swim fast — especially when they are at the bottom of their age group. Feel free to look through the masters records. I doubt that you will find a women’s swim record in other events and age groups that is comparable to this year’s men’s winners in the same event and age group. Having said that, one does have to give Torres credit for making two successful comebacks (2000,… Read more »

cynthia curran

Actually Pipes 1:00 at 55 years old is just as good as the men past 50 years old. Pipes swam in an era where the fastest 100 yard fly was only 54.


Paul Carter won at 54.2, age 59. Not exactly 1:00.


OK, but make an Olympian to Olympian comparison. The 40-44 Men’s 100 free record is 45.1 by Josh Davis, and he wasn’t the best 100 SCY freestyler of his time (he was a 200 guy). This year’s guys just went “slow” compared to the record (if you can call 48 slow — I sure can’t). A 3+ second difference isn’t all that different from Simone Manuel versus all guys not named Dressel. For whatever reason (raising families, fighting the men to advance a career, don’t have that Y chromosome macho thing), we just don’t see the great women Olympians swimming in Masters. If Natalie Coughlin did, for example, and kept it as a lifestyle, she’d be killing most guys.


Adrian actually only appeared to break the AR because the timers were a few hundredths early with the plunger.. the electronic timer still got his exact time, it just only registered as his first 50. Semantics, I know, but it would not have been an AR even if the pads had been armed to reset sooner.


You’re right. At first they went to the backup timers, which had him below the AR, but eventually they figured out that the touchpad worked, and it was 2/10’s slower. I guess my point was he outraced the standard USMS time delay.

cynthia curran

Yes, not just Olympians, national caliber swimmers. 1:00 in 100 yard butterfly and 1:10 in 100 yard breaststroke for 55 to 59 year old women.

Don\'t Worry About it

20.20 from Nathan Adrian is not very good


He was cruising it, slow tempo and took a breath every stroke


He took a breath on every stroke and was cruising. It looked like the easiest 20.2 50 in history.

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James Sutherland

James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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