Finishing behind The Olympic Club and Walnut Creek Masters — arguably the most successful program in USMS history — Davis Aquatic Masters finished third at the recent United States Masters Swimming National Championships at Santa Clara International Swim Center.
The Olympic Club lived up to its name by showcasing two recent American Olympians. Nathan Adrian (2008, 2012) and Anthony Ervin (2000, 2012) accounted for two first places and two national records. Adrian nearly set a U.S. record in the 100-yard freestyle; his time of 41.13 was just off the record of 41.08.
The meet drew more than 2,200 adult swimmers from across the nation. Competing against more than 200 teams, DAM scored more than 1,000 points at a national meet for the first time in club history with swimmers ranging in age from 18 to 77. The vast majority of the points came from team members who did not win their races. DAM won only one relay event and just six individual events, four by Susan Munn, 75.
The relay team of Sarah Hernandez, Andee Bell, Alex Lee and Amanda Larson took the 25-and-over title in 200 free relay with a time of 1:37.40, setting both a club record and Pacific Masters regional record. The other two national titles belonged to Sarah Hernandez in the 50 backstroke, 27.01, and Alex Rossbach in the 1,000 free, 10:57.06.
DAM had numerous runner-up finishers. Those taking second places were Sarah Hernandez, Alex Lee, Terri Wyels, Susan Munn, Chris Stoner, Mark Callaghan, Kent Anderson, Mark Evans, Jack Mills, Andy McPherson and Robert Norris.
DAM swimmers set 59 individual team records and 14 relay records.