2022 USMS Summer Nationals


by Valerie Jenkins

Willard “Wink” Lamb

Willard “Wink” Lamb

Day 1 at #USMSnationals and Wink has set the national and world record for the 1500 m freestyle! An amazing swim where he led off with a 1:07 first 50, averaged 1:25 to 1:30 throughout the race and brought it home in a 1:11 final 50!  He broke his own 200, 400 and 800 records en route to the 1500.

Cheers and cameras everywhere – everyone wanted their photo with Wink!  The local NBC station interviewed him!  Great job Wink!

Day 2 recap from #USMSnationals: Wink broke two World records in one swim today by my calculations.  He went a 2:29.17 in the 100 meter backstroke which broke his own record of 2:47.35.  His first 50 was a 1:12.33, which I show crushes the record of 1:29.13.

Day 3 at #USMSnationals is a wrap-up and another World record for Wink!  Today he swam the 200 m backstroke and what was most impressive is that he actually negative split the race!  For non swimmers, that means the second half was faster than the first half, which is really hard to do!  Total time of 5:12.53, beating his old world record by almost 15 seconds.

The local NBC station interviewing Willard

Afterwards, he had a video interview with SwimSwam.  When he walks the pool deck, people stop him asking for their photo with him.  He shared with me that he is not used to all of this attention!

Valerie Jenkins helping Willard “Wink” Lamb before his 1500 LCM race.

Wink’s backstroke start

Team OREG, Christian Tujo, Willard “Wink” Lamb, and Valerie Jenkins

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