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July 23rd, 2004, 10:30 PM
Do former super star swimmers ever compete in Masters meets like the USMS Long Course Nationals? Matt Biondi, Janet Evans for example.

July 24th, 2004, 01:42 PM
Famous is relative of course but there are plenty of famous swimmers that have competed and do compete in Masters.

July 24th, 2004, 01:59 PM
If you're looking for former olympians, yes, they compete in masters.
Even some of the current superstar swimmers compete in Masters on occasion. At Short Course Nationals in Indy we had a chance to see Gary Hall Jr. and few other members of "The race club"

July 24th, 2004, 03:46 PM
Brian Goodell competes as does Parry O'Brien (shot put Gold medalist '56, '60, '64)

July 24th, 2004, 04:08 PM
I think he won in 52 and 56 and was second in 60 and fourth in 64. Impressive feat and certainly makes him famous. He's considered the inventor of the throwing style still commonly used.

July 24th, 2004, 05:00 PM
OK, here's my take on this. The following is a list of names I've seen in one or more USMS meets (or personally encountered). All are US Olympians:

Chris Cavanaugh 1980, 84
Rick Colella 1972, 76
Troy Dalbey 1988
Jeff Farrell 1960
Rowdy Gaines 1980, 84
Dave Gillanders 1960
Gary Hall, Jr. 1996, 2000, 2004
Burwell Jones 1952
Susan Jones-Roy 1968
Ron Kavanaugh 1992
Angel Martino 1992, 1996
Don McKenzie 1968
Jim Montgomery 1976
Bill Mulliken 1960
Anita Nall 1992
Sandy Neilson-Bell 1972
Penny Taylor 1948
Roque Santos 1992
Alan Somers 1960
Jane Swagerty-Hill 1968
Sheila Taormina 1996, 2000, 2004 (Two different sports)
Mike Troy 1960
Tom Winters 1960

This is not an all-inclusive list. In fact, there are so many Olympians swimming in USMS meets that, if you are lucky enough to be in the fast heat, there will probably be one next to you!!

-- Mel

July 24th, 2004, 05:55 PM
Mel, to add one I personally admire, Dave Radcliff. I believe 1956 Olympics. With him at 70 and me 33, he can still beat me!!

Gail Roper
July 24th, 2004, 06:12 PM
I maintain the list of all Olympians that have registered for USMS, some swim meets some do not........there are 192 names on this present list. If anyone knows of any Olympian who just began masters, please let me know. I have all the names listed in the post, including Dave Radcliff and myself.

July 24th, 2004, 06:44 PM
Ahhh, the embarassment of ignorance, Gail. Sorry about the omission & thanks for putting out the info...

-- Mel

July 24th, 2004, 09:36 PM
Come on Gail lets see you list. I was so proud of you at the Trials, you got a great big cheer from all of us! John Moffett has swum masters, from the 80-84 teams. Same for gal in John's video, she was a breaststroker in 88 team with a scottish name.

July 24th, 2004, 10:08 PM
Here is a list.


July 25th, 2004, 01:28 AM
I finally remembered: Tracey McFarlane was on the 1988 team, she swam masters in SPMA before trying out for the 1992 team.

I remember she only did a 1:15 hundred meters at our meets but did a 1:10 at the 92 Trials.

Gail Roper
July 25th, 2004, 11:03 AM
Tracy McFarland Mirande is on the list, she lives in Port Huenene.

Edward The Head
July 26th, 2004, 08:29 AM
What about Clay Britt? Though he didn't swim in the Olympics I thought he had qualified for the 80 Olympics.

July 26th, 2004, 09:00 AM
Here's the results of the 80 trials. Looks like Clay got 4th in the 100 back.


Tom Ellison
July 26th, 2004, 10:18 AM
He swam the mile for South Africa in the 1952 Olympics but we cannot leave out the GREAT ISHOF Member and long time USMS swimmer, Graham Johnston. Heck, he holds more Masters World Records then Carter had Liver Pills....(showing my age with that line).