USMS Summer Nationals, August 7-11

The 2019 U.S.Masters Swimming Summer National Championship was held August 7-11 at the newly renovated Marguerite Aquatic Center in Mission Viejo, Calif. DAM sent a squad of 32 swimmers.

In a field of 200 clubs from across the country, the DAM team finished in sixth place at the Long Course Summer Nationals in Mission Viejo. 

The West Coast is still considered the hottest region in America for masters swimming and for good reason. Nine of the top ten teams were from our state and eight of those were from SoCal. DAM was the highest placing club from NorCal. Only a team from Florida was able to crash the California party.

All 32 DAM swimmers (20 women and 12 men) contributed points, either individually or on relays, in tallying 914 points for the team banner. When ranking the DAM squad based on number of swimmers before the meet, DAM swimmers penciled in as the eighth largest team with a point tally of around 700 points. 

Here are the team sizes, points scored and final placing for the TOP TEN Clubs. In addition, (and this a new, remarkable addition by Club Assistant) if you click the links to the DAM women or men, you'll be taken to our team roster with further links to each DAM swimmer's events, times, placings and videos of each swim. 

Name Women Men Total W-Points M-Points Total
San Diego Swim  39 56 95 855 1,148 2,237
Mission Viejo  59 64 123 953 814 1,953
Swim Ft Lauderdale 26 27 53 764 704 1,658
Novaquatics  40 49 89 664 748 1,578
Rose Bowl  32 42 74 594 587 1,283
DAM 20 12 32 559 299 914
Conejo Valley  15 25 40 439 201 712
Golden Road  14 34 48 141 353 522
Santa Barbara  10 9 19 233 185 470
Southern California 14 16 30 292 107 431

Our team had five individual National Champions. 

  • Susan Munn - 100 back, 200 IM
  • Tara Halsted - 200 back, 200 fly
  • Marc Blumberg - 200 fly, 400 IM
  • Roswita Norris - 100 brst
  • Robert Norris - 1500 free

But there was still time for fun in the sun.

Here are our 20 DAM female athletes in order of individual points scored for the team and the overall finish if in their age group's Top Ten. 

Age Group Name Points Top Ten Finish
80-84 Munn, Susan 49 3rd
75-79 Westergaard, Leslie 49 5th
75-79 Norris, Roswita 46 6th
65-69 Guthrie, Sally 41    6th
18-24 Halsted, Tara 38 6th
25-29 Mohn, Jennifer 36 8th
18-24 Crow, Vivian 35 9th
45-49 Denison, Stephanie 33 10th
35-39 Nehrebecki, Helene 33 8th
40-44 Belluomini, Melanie 28
60-64 Kahn, Mary 23
25-29 Deer, LillyBelle 22
50-54 Garforth, Emma 20
70-74 Hornof, Kristine 18
18-24 Krovetz, Laurel 16
60-64 Sprouse, Cecily 15
55-59 Russell, Jane 11
70-74 Iwamoto, Mizuho 9
55-59 Phalen, Jennifer 1
55-59 Crow, Joan 0

Here are our 12 DAM male athletes in order of individual points scored for the team and the overall finish if in their age group's Top Ten.  

Age Swimmer Pts Top Ten
Group Finish
80-84 Norris, Robert 49 5th
70-74 McPherson, Andrew 43 4th
35-39 Roper, Matt 37 6th
25-29 Blumberg, Marc 36 5th
65-69 Kahn, Stuart 33 9th
30-34 Iwamoto, Satori 23
50-54 McAdam, Samuel 20
40-44 Waterson, Kevin 19
50-54 Krovetz, Ted 11
18-24 Krovetz, Avery 7
45-49 Muir, Scott 3
70-74 Christo, Anthony 0

Overall, 18 DAM swimmers set 38 new individual club records and 17 swimmers combined to break 6 relay records. The individual swimmers are:

  • Tara Halsted - 100 fr, 50 back, 200 back, 100 fly, 200 fly
  • Mary Kahn - 50 free, 100 free, 100 back, 200 back
  • Robert Norris - 200 free, 100 back, 200 back
  • Sally Guthrie - 800 free, 200 fly, 200 IM
  • Stu Kahn - 800 free, 200 IM, 400 IM
  • Emma Garforth - 100 brst, 200 brst, 400 IM
  • Marc Blumberg - 100 fly, 200 fly, 400 IM
  • Roswita Norris - 100 brst, 400 Im
  • Andy McPherson - 50 back, 50 brst
  • Satori Iwamoto - 50 free, 200 IM
  • Susan Munn - 200 IM
  • Leslie Westergaard - 50 back
  • Cecily Sprouse - 200 IM
  • Jennifer Phalen - 100 brst
  • Sam McAdam - 50 brst
  • Ted Krovetz - 400 free
  • Laurel Krovetz - 800 free
  • Vivian Crow - 50 brst

The relay swimmers are -

72-99 Women 200 Medley Relay -  Tara Halsted, LillyBelle Deer, Vivian Crow, Laurel Krovetz  (1st place National Champions)

204 Men 200 Medley Relay - Stu Kahn, Sam McAdam, Ted Krovetz, Andy McPherson

100 Mixed 200 Free Relay - Marc Blumberg, Laurel Krovetz, Vivian Crow, Satori Iwamoto

120 Mixed 200 Free Relay - Matt Roper, Tara Halsted, LillyBelle Deer, Kevin Waterson

240 Mixed Free Relay - Stu Kahn, Mary Kahn, Sally Guthrie, Scott Muir

160 Mixed Medley Relay - Kevin Waterson, Scott Muir, Helene Nehrebecki, Mel Belluomini

Here are links to the long course team records for individuals and relays.

Long Course meters