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Editorial coverage for U.S. Senior Nationals proudly sponsored by Master Spas!
IRVINE, California, August 11.
California’s Anthony Ervin nailed his start and it proved to be huge for the 33 year old as he put up a surprising time of 21.55 for the win. That swim tied him with Vlad Morozov for third in the world behind only Cesar Cielo (21.39) and Bruno Fratus (21.45) as Ervin continues to prove he’s found the fountain of youth.
The huge favorite, Ervin’s teammate Nathan Adrian, had previously had the top time by an American with a 21.66 at the Monte Carlo stop of the Mare Nostrum, had to settle for silver with a 21.69. That’s a big 1-2 punch for Team USA heading into Australia.
SwimMAC’s Cullen Jones, who had needed a last-ditch effort to make the team, posted a third-place 21.83 with his first no-breather 50 in competition. That moved him up to 10th in the world.
NYAC’s Josh Schneider (21.88), Tucson Ford’s Matt Grevers (22.25), NYAC’s Jimmy Feigen (22.32), California’s Seth Stubblefield (22.34) and SwimMAC’s Mark Weber (22.62) also vied for the national title in the finale.
Bolles’ Caeleb Dressel edged Patriot’s Brad deBorde, 22.50 to 22.51, for the B final win. SwimAtlanta’s Caleb Weir managed a 22.78 for third.
NCAP’s James Jones turned in a 22.93 to win the C final of the sprint free. Nitro’s Tate Jackson took second in 23.09 with Canyons’ Cole Cogswell placing third in 23.38.