Nathan Adrian Lights Up Masters’ Nationals 50 Free in 18.78; Four Olympic Gold Medalists Win Age Groups

With this year’s short course yards USMS Masters’ National Championships being held in California, former big-name college and Olympic level swimmers are coming out of the woodwork for the competition.

Adrian is happy with his 50 free from short course yards US Masters National Championships (Mike Lewis,

Adrian is happy with his 50 free from short course yards US Masters National Championships (Mike Lewis,

In addition to former elites, the current post-grad training group from Cal has made the short drive to the George Haines International Swim Center for the event, and they’ve brought the 50 yard freestyle final alive early.

Nathan Adrian swam an 18.78 to win the men’s 25-29 age group. Amazingly enough, that’s not even a Masters’ Age Group Record: Fred Bousquet was an 18.67 in 2010.

After a successful Mesa Grand Prix, Adrian continues to fire on all cylinders in Santa Clara. That swim is just .12 seconds shy of Adrian’s lifetime best result in this distance, and is the 6th-best swim of his career (and fastest since graduating college).

Other recognizable winners include Chris Peterson, a former UCSB standout, who won the 18-24 age group in 19.97; former Cal swimmer Will Copeland, who was 2nd to Adrian in 19.84; and Anthony Ervin, Adrian’s training partner, who won the Men’s 30-34 age group in a new National Record of 19.33. That broke Nick Brunelli’s 2012 swim of 19.65.

Ervin was one of two swimmers to break a National Record in this event. Another former Olympic champion Josh Davis swam a 20.82 to win the 40-44 age group and break Michael Ross’ 2009 National Recor by .02 seconds. Matt Biondi won the 45-49 age group in 21.48 (still four-tenths off of the National Record), making yet another Olympic gold medalist atop a Masters’ 50 free podium in this event.

A full session recap will be available at its conclusion.
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Sounds about right; that’s roughly equal to the 21.7 he did last week in Mesa. I was hoping he’d get a PB and beat Bousquet’s 25-29 age group record, though! Great to see Biondi back in competition too.


Biondi , Ervin and Adrian ! what a trio of winners .

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