Time and time again masters swimmers are showing swimming fast isn’t just for ‘kids’. Steve West (41), former USA Swimming national teamer and the oldest man to have qualified for the USA Olympic trials, dropped three world records this past weekend at the Southern Pacific Masters short course meters championship in Commerce, California. West swam a 28.55 in his 50, 1:01.44 for his 100, 2:14.36 in his 200.
David Guthrie (53), who’s grabbed a whopping 14 world records this year was 29.84 in the 50, 1:04.54 in the 100, and 2:21.65 for his 200. Guthrie has been on fire all year long dominating in all three courses.
In this interview, Steve and David talk about this weekend’s races and how they balance the demands of family, work and swimming. For both them it’s a lot of focusing on the “little things” that make the difference. West has devoted a lot of time to flexibility, technique and race pace training. Guthrie’s been a following a precise dry land regimen, nutrition and training with team to help him maintain his edge.
Beyond the speed and the awards, both these guys find the fun and camaraderie in masters swimming to be a central component of their swimming.
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