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Dana Vollmer Steamrolls Through U.S. Masters Record Books, Setting Six Marks in Less Than Two Hours; Andy Grant Joins Party With Five National Records -- November 8, 2009

PHOENIX, Arizona, November 8. OLYMPIC, World and NCAA champion Dana Vollmer set six U.S. Masters Swimming national records at the BEST Masters 6-tathlon meet today.

Vollmer made a surprise visit to the Dottie Boryeko/Brophy Sports Campus, taking advantage of the short course yards meet format that offered a 200 freestyle, followed by 100s of the strokes and a 200 IM. Vollmer, 21, and representing RCP Tiburon Masters, set marks in the 200 free, 50 fly, 100 fly, 50 free, 100 free and 200 IM for the 18-24 age group.

Vollmer started things off with a national record in the 200 free, swimming an astonishing 1:43.28, just two seconds slower than her American record time of 1:41.53, which she set last February at the Pac 10 championships. The former Masters national record was 1:50.98, set in 2001 by fellow 2004 Olympian Rachel Komisarz.


Just 15 minutes later, Vollmer set two national records in one race. In the 100 fly event, Vollmer split 24.54 to erase the national record of 25.46, then finished the race in 52.30, taking down the year-old national record of 55.63 by Laura Davis.

Vollmer was back on record pace in the 100 free about 30 minutes later, again setting two national records in one race. Her 50 split of 23.65 broke the national record of 23.78 set just last May by Lindsay Kiyama. She swam a 48.29 in the 100 free to erase the six-year-old mark of 50.67 by Jessica Foschi. She completed her meet with a new record in the 200 IM almost immediately after the 100 free, swimming a 2:02.48. Sara Schweitzer held the former record since 2000 with a 2:05.30.

Andy Grant, an NCAA All-American for Stanford University from 2005-07 and a member of the 2007 Pan American Games team, also set five national records in the 18-24 age group.

Grant set his first record in his pet event, the 200 free, with a jaw-dropping 1:35.02, erasing the former mark of 1:37.07 set last year by Joseph Schneider.

After narrowly missing the national records in the 100 fly and 100 back, Grant got his name in the record books again with a 43.77 in the 100 free, erasing the record of 43.89 set in 2001 by Romain Barnier, a former NCAA champion at Auburn University and currently a coach for such swimmers as former world record holder Rafael Munoz.

Grant's biggest achievement of the day came at the end of a grueling six-event schedule. His time of 1:51.83 in the 200 IM erased the 15-year-old national record set by New Zealand Olympian Simon Percy, which had stood at 1:52.82.

Not content to let the 100 fly record get away from him, Grant swam a 100 fly time trial in 49.03, successfully snatching away the record of 49.37 by Adam Conway, set in 2002. Grant had swum a 49.41 in the actual 100 fly race earlier in the day.


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November 8, 2009 I believe Vollmer also got the 50 free record taking out her 100 free. She was 23.6 and the books say the record is 23.7.
Submitted by: InTheKnow
November 8, 2009 Talking with people who were there, it seems that Vollmer didn't rest in between the 100 fly and 100 free. She did a 100 back and 100 breast but didn't break any records. Sounds like a grueling schedule with very impressive times.
Submitted by: InTheKnow
November 9, 2009 InTheKnow,

Thanks for the heads-up on the 50 free record. I saw her split but did not check it against the record table.
Submitted by: Jeff Commings
November 9, 2009 I for one welcome our pro-swimmer overlords!
Submitted by: groovydoo
November 9, 2009 Shame on her. Masters swimming should be kept for those who aren't professionals. There was no need for her to go swim a masters meet. Now her records will be virtually unbeatable by any true masters swimmers. I didn't start swimming masters to put up with professionals.
Submitted by: buggaboo
November 9, 2009 Shame on her. There is no reason she needs to be swimming Masters meets. She is still a professional. Now these records will be virtually impossible to break by any true masters swimmers. I didn't get into masters to have to compete with those still in training at a national and world level. Stick to your own meets, Dana.
Submitted by: buggaboo
November 9, 2009 No shame on Dana Volmer... We need Dan Volmer, Dara Torres, Gary Hall, Jason Lezak, Alexandre Popov.

The meets will be epic.
Submitted by: groovydoo
November 10, 2009 Keep in mind USMS doesn't recognize Time Trials (unless the Time Trials were sanctioned as a separate "meet").
Submitted by: jrswim
November 11, 2009 I believe her 50 time will be a record only if she did an open turn, touching the wall with her hand at the end of the 50 yards on her way to finish the 100. Nevertheless, she's quick!
Submitted by: openwater
November 12, 2009 The faster the swimming, the better the meet. Watch the masters and learn.
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Dana Vollmer places first in the 200 Free Prelims at the 2009 USA Swimming Nationals/World team trials.
Photo By: Peter H. Bick

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