Matt Grevers One of 8 National Record Breakers on Day 2 of USMS Nationals


4-time US Olympic gold medalist Matt Grevers swam his first race of the 2019 U.S. Masters Swimming Spring National Championships, and in the process joined 7 other National Record Breakers on Friday.

The 34-year old Grevers swam a 21.37 in the 50 back, which broke his own USMS record of 21.51 that he set in 2015 on a relay leadoff.

His was the fastest swim of the day, followed by Andrew Appleby in 22.49, Kaspar Raigla in his own age group, who swam 22.79, andf ormer Stanford swimmer Andrew Saeta wawith a 22.92 in the 25-29 age group.

Other Day 2 National Records:

  • Andrew Appleby of New Albany Aquatics broke the 18-24 record in the men’s 100 IM, swimming 48.96. The swim broke the old record of 49.23 that was set by Lucas Bureau in 2018. Appleby won 3 races on the day, also topping the 100 free in 44.34 and the 50 back in 22.49.
  • Carlo Travaini of the Mission Viejo Nadadores broke the National Record in the 55-59 record, swimming 55.09. That broke the 2016 record set by Steve Wood in 55.85. He also won the 200 breaststroke in 2:07.80.
  • Rick Colella of Puget Sound Masters won the men’s 65-69 100 IM in a new National Record of 57.37. His was the old record in 57.45. He also won the 100 free in 52.37. He has 6 individual entries at the meet, including the 100 breaststroke. He was the 1976 Olympic bronze medalist in the 200 breaststroke, but isn’t swimming that event this week.
  • Margaret Toppel of Oregon Masters won the women’s 70-74 100 free in 1:06.03. That not only won the race by almost 3 seconds, but broke Diann Uustal’s 2017 National Record of 1:06.41. That was one of 3 event wins for her on Friday.
  • Richard Burns of Tamalpais Aquatic Masters won the men’s 75-79 50 backstroke in 30.90. The old record belonged to him in 31.47. He also won the 100 free in 58.87 – just .21 seconds away from David Radcliff’s National Record.
  • Daniela Barnea of Stanford Masters won the 75-79 200 fly in 3:36.66. That’s more than 5 seconds faster than the old record of 3:41.89 that was set in 2000 by Lois Kivi Nochman.
  • The Arizona Masters Swim Club Inc mixed 85+ 200 freestyle relay swam a 3:18.65. That knocked almost 8 sesconds off the old record of 3:26.63 that was set by the Florida Aquatic Combined Team in 2015.

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Neat! What event?


50 yard back for Matt Grevers. I’m more amazed at the times of the 50 plus age groups when you body gradually is changing from your youthful self.


I certainly glad that swimswam covers masters swimming. I think all ex-swimmers should eventually do some swimming again.

Rene Clabaugh

First we gotta give these youngsters some records to break.


Those times by Rick Colella in the 65-69 age group are sick.


What his the sentiment of a Master swimmer?
Excited to swim next to an Olympic champion like Grevers or depressed to race still one of the best agonists, so no chance to win?


Very excited. Fast swimming is beautiful at all ages.


How about the fact that swimming is completely accessible, and we can not only see gold medalists compete, but also compete with them? When was the last time LeBron, Kobe, Curry, etc, showed up to play in an old guys’ basketball tournament?

Ol' Longhorn

Super excited —- plus he’s the nicest guy. Acts just like one of the other swimmers.


Masters swimming is also like Senior Olympics but you have the younger age groups and its usually faster swimmers. I noticed in older age groups less people do the 200 yard fly.

Kirk Nelson

Exciting! You race whoever shows up. Sometimes you place higher, sometimes lower but that’s masters swimming.

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