PHOENIX, Arizona, February 15. OLYMPIANS Fred Bousquet and Mark Gangloff set three United States Masters Swimming short course yards national records last weekend at the Auburn Masters Invitational.
With USMS allowing athletes to wear high-tech full-body suits in short course yards competition through May 31, it should come as no surprise that elite swimmers are showing up to Masters meets and producing fast times. Dana Vollmer and Andy Grant set 11 national marks between them at a meet last November.
Bousquet swam a lifetime best of 18.67 in the 50-yard freestyle, shattering Sabir Muhammad's national record of 19.44 in the 25-29 age group. Bousquet's previous best time was the 18.74 he posted in the 50 free prelims of the 2005 NCAA championships, where he became the first man to break the 19-second barrier. It is the fourth-fastest swim in history, behind the 18.47 by Cesar Cielo and matching 18.52s by Cielo and Matt Targett. Even if Bousquet had eclipsed Cielo's U.S. Open record, it would not have been ratified, as Bousquet swam in a suit no longer allowed in USA Swimming competitions.
Gangloff posted two USMS national records at the meet, swimming a 48.27 in the 100 IM and a 52.47 in the 100 breast. The 100 IM bests the record of 48.82 set in 2008 by William Liscinsky, and his 100 breast time was faster than Gary Marshall's 54.30, set last year. Gangloff was just a shade off his lifetime best of 52.13, set at the U.S. nationals in 2008.