Danielle Herrmann enjoys her return to swimming

Danielle Herrmann finished the swim.

After competing in the 2012 US Olympic Trials, she retired from the sport, moved across the country to start working as a pediatric pharmacist, and met her husband, Garen. When he suggested she start swimming again, she immediately dismissed the idea.

But she finally decided in 2013 to try a masters program after a year and a half out of the water.

“I’ve met some really awesome coaches, met some really awesome masters swimmers, and been a masters swimmer ever since,” Herrmann said. “It’s been nine fun years.”

And succeeded.

Member Clovis Swim Club Masters set 12 U.S. Masters swim records and two FINA Masters world records during that time, including in the 200 IM in the 35-39 age group at the USMS Summer National Championships 2022 in Richmond, Virginia with a time of 2:21.09.

Other record holders at the competition included Willard Lamb of the Oregon Masters, who set nine FINA Masters world records and 12 USMS records; Erika Braun of North Carolina Masters Swimming, who set a FINA Masters world record and four USMS records; and David Guthrie of Lone Star Masters, who set three FINA Masters world records and three USMS records.

Herrmann added national championships in the 50 and 100 breaststroke, her two times just shy of the world records she set earlier this summer, and the 100 butterfly at the meet.

“[Setting world records] was definitely the goal to come,” Herrmann says. “I’m swimming four events, I’m going to try to get all four, but I’m so excited to be able to break these world records.

“Swimming is one of those fun sports where it’s, like, you had your best time and you’re, like, ‘OK, I still have room for improvement,’ and those records don’t are just another thing to achieve. There are always goals. That’s what keeps me going.

“I do this because it’s fun. I do this because it makes me feel good and I really like running. It’s all about perspective. »

1 million meters later

Dan Stephenson’s arduous training plan has paid off.

As he prepared last year to age into the 65-69 age group this year, the Rose Bowl Masters member decided to swim 1 million meters, which equates to around 2,800 meters a day. . He kept track of his yardage each day on a document to make sure he had reached his goal.

“I got my million yards and it gave me some confidence to try to set records in longer runs,” Stephenson said.

The confidence he gained helped him set a FINA Masters world record and a USMS record in the 800m freestyle with a time of 10:01.92, breaking a seven-year-old record by 10 seconds. Stephenson also set a FINA Masters world record and a USMS record in the 200m backstroke about 20 minutes after losing them, which he attributed to swimming more backstrokes in practices.

Stephenson hopes to set new records in the 400 freestyle next weekend at the Southwest Zone and South Pacific Summer Masters Swimming Championships, but he doesn’t care about chasing records or awards.

“The main thing for me is not really winning medals or setting records,” Stephenson said. “These things are cool. When I set a record, I like to inspire others to go and break it. And it works the other way too. When I break someone’s record, I think of that person and what that person did to set the record that I broke, so records help you honor people, and I hope I honor the people whose records I break.

Broken USMS Records

Sunday August 7

  • Alicia Cardie, Colorado Masters: 18-24 400 Women’s Individual Medley – 5:04.81 (USMS record)
  • Cheryl Murray, North Carolina Masters Swimmers: 70-74 400 Women’s IM – 7:10.49 (USMS record)
  • Shirley Loftus-Charley, Team E: 70-74 Women’s 400 IM — 6:57.34
  • Erika Braun, North Carolina Masters: Women’s 50-54 100 freestyle — 1:00.70 (USMS record)
  • Willard Lamb, Oregon Masters: Men’s 100-104 100-m freestyle — 2:15.99 (FINA Masters world record and USMS record)
  • Danielle Herrmann, Clovis Swim Club: 35-39 Women’s 50m breaststroke — 31.35 (FINA Masters world record)
  • David Guthrie, Lone Star Masters: Breaststroke 60-64 50 men — 31.95 (FINA Masters world record and USMS record)
  • Club Tribe: Women’s 200-239 200m freestyle relay — 1:54.72 (FINA Masters world record and USMS record)
  • Sarasota Sharks Masters: Women’s 280-319 200m freestyle relay — 2:22.03 (FINA Masters world record and USMS record)

Saturday August 6

  • Danielle Herrmann, Clovis Swim Club: Women’s 200 Individual Medley 35-39 – 2: 21.09 (FINA Masters World Record and USMS Record)
  • Erika Braun, North Carolina Masters Swimmers: 50-54 Women’s 50m Freestyle – 27.38 (USMS record)
  • Willard Lamb, Oregon Masters: 100-104 Men’s 50-m Freestyle — 57.42 (USMS record)
  • David Guthrie, Lone Star Masters: Men’s 200m Breaststroke 60-64 — 2:39.49 (FINA Masters World Record and USMS Record)
  • Erika Braun, North Carolina Masters Swimmers: Women’s Backstroke 50-54 50 – 32.30 (USMS Record)
  • Willard Lamb, Oregon Masters: 100-104 Men’s 50m Backstroke — 1:09.17 (FINA Masters world record and USMS record)
  • Diann Uustal, Sarasota Sharks: 75-79 Women’s 200 Freestyle — 2:56.07 (USMS record)
  • Chuck Barnes, New England Masters: 45-49 50 men’s backstroke – 28.01 (USMS record)
  • Club Tribe: Mixed 100-119 200 medley relay — 1:53.91 (USMS record)

friday august 5

  • Diann Uustal, Sarasota Sharks: 75-79 Women’s 200m Backstroke – 3: 17.63 (USMS record)
  • Chuck Barnes, New England Masters: 45-49 Men’s 200m Backstroke — 2:13.21 (USMS record)
  • James Ritter, Central Ohio Aquatics Sharks: 65-69 Men’s 200m Backstroke – 2:34.98 (USMS record)
  • Dan Stephenson, Rose Bowl Masters: 65-69 Men’s 200m Backstroke – 2:32.79 (USMS record)
  • Willard Lamb, Oregon Masters: Men’s 100-104 200m backstroke — 5:12.53 (FINA Masters world record and USMS record)
  • Danielle Herrmann, Clovis Swim Club: Women’s 100m Breaststroke 35-39 — 1:10.47 (FINA Masters World Record)
  • Sara Dunn, North Carolina Masters: Women’s 100 breaststroke 50-54 — 1:22.09 (USMS record)
  • David Guthrie, Lone Star Masters: Men’s 100m breaststroke 60-64 – 1:11.64 (FINA Masters world record and USMS record)
  • Club Tribe: Mixed 72-99 200m freestyle relay — 1:44.64 (USMS record)
  • Club Tribe: mixed 100-119 200m freestyle relay — 1:41.71 (USMS record)

Thursday August 4

  • Dan Stephenson, Rose Bowl Masters: 65-69 Men’s 800m Freestyle — 10:01.92 (FINA Masters World Record and USMS Record)
  • Willard Lamb, Oregon Masters: Men’s 100-104 50m backstroke – 1:12.22 (FINA Masters world record and USMS record)
  • Willard Lamb, Oregon Masters: Men’s 100-104 100m backstroke — 2:29.17 (FINA Masters world record and USMS record)
  • Alicia Cardie, Colorado Masters: 18-24 Women’s 50 fly – 27.83 (USMS record)
  • Ai Soma, Phoenix Swim Club: 25-29 women’s 50 butterfly — 26.78 (USMS record)
  • Erika Braun, North Carolina Masters: 50-54 women’s 50 butterfly — 29.47 (FINA Masters World Record and USMS Record)
  • Club Tribe: women’s relay 200-239 200 medley — 2:08.87 (FINA Masters world record and USMS record)
  • Club Tribe: 100-119 men’s 200m medley relay — 1:44.55 (USMS record)
  • Sarasota Sharks Masters: Men’s Relay 280-319 200 medley — 2:15.24 (FINA Masters World Record and USMS Record)

Wednesday August 3

  • Shirley Loftus-Charley, Team E: 70-74 Women’s 1500m Freestyle — 22:17.49 (FINA Masters World Record and USMS Record)
  • Willard Lamb, Oregon Masters: 100-104 Men’s 50-m Freestyle — 1:07.34 (USMS record)
  • Willard Lamb, Oregon Masters: Men’s 100-104 100-m freestyle — 2:29.96 (USMS record)
  • Willard Lamb, Oregon Masters: Men’s 100-104 200-m freestyle — 5:18.86 (FINA Masters world record and USMS record)
  • Willard Lamb, Oregon Masters: Men’s 100-104 400m freestyle — 10:55.25 (FINA Masters world record and USMS record)
  • Willard Lamb, Oregon Masters: Men’s 100-104 800m freestyle — 22:15.67 (FINA Masters world record and USMS record)
  • Willard Lamb, Oregon Masters: 100-104 1500m freestyle men — 42:27.06 (FINA Masters world record and USMS record)
  • Arnaldo Perez, Sarasota Sharks: Men’s 1500m freestyle 60-64 – 17:55.91 (FINA Masters world record and USMS record)

Note: All records are subject to change pending verification.