Team SwimSpray Had a Golden Debut at Masters Nationals

Team SwimSpray (SPRY) had a golden debut last weekend at the 2013 United States Masters Swimming’s National Short Course Championships, held in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Team SwimSpray had 2 individual national champions, Ryan McCabe and Kevin Gallagher.  The team finished 13th overall.  (See team results).

Ryan McCabe won the 25-29 500 freestyle with a time of 4:45.32.  Looking back on the meet, Ryan said “Masters Nationals offers the friendly atmosphere that makes the meet incredibly fun.  Plus, the level of competition is incredibly high, which is something that you don’t always see at regional meets. The IUPUI Natatorium just adds to that excitement.”

Kevin Gallagher won the 25-29 50 Freestyle with a time of 20.36.  Reflecting on the meet, Kevin said:

Team SwimSpray

Team SwimSpray

“Masters Nationals is always a great experience.  There is something about having the dynamic of Olympic hopefuls mixing it up with people born almost a century ago that keeps the meet entertaining throughout.  It’s a lighthearted environment filled with people that are there because they love the sport, and no other reason.  I just love this sport”

SwimSpray’s 200 Freestyle relay (Kevin Gallagher, Tom Krajewski, Brendan Gallagher, Liam Gallagher) finished in 1:24.38 – 2nd in the 25+ age group and 3rd overall.  (Yes, that’s three Gallagher brothers!)  When asked why he likes Masters Swimming, Tom said “Nationals is especially fun for me since I’ve lived in 10 cities in 10 years, and normally see many people who I used to swim with in the various places where I’ve lived.”

This was Team SwimSpray’s first year competing as a masters swim team.  Cheif Operating Officer, Peter Wong assembled the team in 2012 in an effort to get people together for regular workouts in Washington DC.  Team SwimSpray trains at the Wilson Aquatics Center in Washington, D.C. and the Washington & Lee High School pool in Arlington, Virginia.

According to SwimSpray’s President, Andrew Chadeayne, “SwimSpray is dedicated to being a company run by swimmers for swimmers.  Over time I hope that SwimSpray can continue to show how much we love and care about this sport.”

About SwimSpray

SwimSpray was invented by Dr. Andrew Chadeayne, a former Princeton University swimmer and chemistry Ph.D. from Cornell University. Tired of smelling like chlorine after his swimming workouts, Andrew set out remove chlorine from hair and skin ( SwimSpray works where so many other chlorine removal products (e.g., swimmers’ shampoos) have failed previously because SwimSpray’s all-natural vitamin C based formula breaks this bond, neutralizing the chlorine, and allowing it to be washed away with your favorite soap or shampoo. Follow him on Twitter @swimspray and fan him Facebook.

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Ken Hurte
7 years ago

As with the Y Nats, I can once again brag about swimming in NJ. The Gallagher brothers swim/swam at my Y or I should say that I swim at their Y, since they rule the pool. They also own a large amount of my art work. Some day, you should contact Matt Donovan of the Somerset Valley YMCA, since he is at the center of the NJ swimming universe. He knows us all. If anyone can break the dominance of California, Texas and Florida in US swimming, it could be NJ and Matt is an important part of NJ’s rise.

7 years ago

Congratulations to Matt on a good short course season. Unfortunately, you cannot compare his program to great programs in California, Texas, Florida or even New Jersey, because his program is still unproven in a Longcourse pool. His team has consistently failed to perform longcourse and you can’t make an Olympic team or any other important National team without producing times longcourse. Compare his teams longcourse records to other great teams and you’ll see what I mean. He is not even in the same stratosphere. If you want to point out great YMCA teams, then you should point out teams like Sarasota YMCA or York YMCA whose teams have consistently produced both Short Course and Long Course. Good luck to Matt… Read more »

Chris DeSantis
7 years ago

Glad to see old man Gallagher (Brendan) still bring the heat. 21.1!

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MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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