SANTA CLARA, California, May 3. WHETHER it will be ratified is a question only USA Swimming can answer at some point, but California’s Nathan Adrian blitzed the men’s 100-yard free today at the U.S. Masters Nationals and tied his American record in the process.
Swimming in the men’s 25-29 age division, Adrian surged to a 41.08 in the 100-yard free today in Santa Clara. That swim matched his American record of 41.08 set in College Station in 2009. It also happened to demolish the USMS national age group record of 42.13 set by Darian Townsend a year ago.
It will still be up to USA Swimming whether it ratifies the swim as an American record since it is usually a question whether a USA Swimming meet is also USMS certified and not the other way around.
Here are the splits in the race:
1 Adrian, Nathan 25 TOC 42.00 41.08N
19.74 41.08 (21.34)
Adrian beat Townsend head-to-head as well with Townsend taking second today in 43.13. The day also featured Adrian’s teammate Anthony Ervin crushing the men’s 30-34 100-yard free record with a 43.18. Mike Picotte owned the previous mark with a 44.53 from 2004.
Additionally, the ever-popular Josh Davis turned up the heat in the men’s 40-44 100-yard freestyle with a 45.15. That time beat Michael Ross’ age group mark of 45.35 set back in 2008.
More to come with our full record recap later today.