August 2, 2010

Sarasota, Fla. – U.S. Masters Swimming, the national governing body for adult competitive and fitness swimming, will be hosting its annual Summer National Championships, August 9th – 12th in beautiful San Juan, Puerto Rico. This exciting event will include over 630 competitive swimmers ranging from 18 to 87 years of age.

Held at the Natatorium of San Juan, this world-class facility was modeled after the 1996 Olympics Natatorium at Georgia Tech. The Natatorium will host 44 events over the course of four days of Masters competition. Additionally, USMS will hold a 1,500-meter Open Water Challenge at Ocean Park on Friday, August 13th.

Those participating are a collection of swimmers from 28 U.S. States and five countries, including Olympians, International Swimming Hall of Fame members, International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame members, and USMS national and world record holders.

Some well-known swimmers attending include Jesse Vassallo, Bumpy Jones, Yoshi Oyakawa, Laura Val, Richard Burns, Rich Abrahams, Jon Blank, Carolyn Boak, Laura Koch Davis, Laurie Ditommaso, Matthew Eisenhuth, Jeff Erwin, Meg Gill, Jack Groselle, David Guthrie, Caroline Krattli, Jody Smith, Diann Uustal, and Francine Williamson.

In addition to four days of competition, there are also socials and salsa dance lessons all throughout the week. The complete schedule can be viewed at Daily online coverage will also be posted at The event is free to the public and the press is welcome to attend.

About U.S. Masters Swimming

U.S. Masters Swimming, founded in 1970, is a membership-operated national governing body that promotes adult health, fitness, wellness and competition through aquatics. It does so by partnering with more than 1,000 adult swim programs across the country, connecting with members via the bi-monthly member magazine, SWIMMER; monthly e-newsletter, STREAMLINES, and; and by sanctioning and promoting pool, open water and virtual competitions. More than 50,000 adults are registered members of U.S. Masters Swimming.