Video capture courtesy of swimswam contributor Morgan Priestley:
Men’s 100 Freestyle – FINALS – US Open
Perhaps the buzziest swim of the night was from Purdue 21-year old senior-to-be Danny Tucker, who wins the men’s 100 free in 49.11. That’s faster than he was in prelims, and would have put him into finals at the World Championship Trials where he only swam the 50.
Tucker is not as “out of nowhere” as some have suggested; he peaked pre-NCAA’s last year, but ended the year as the country’s 8th-ranked 50 yard freestyler (19.3). This development in the 100 is really impressive, as his 50 freestyle has by-far been his strength up until this year.
He beat a solid field that included runner-up Dax Hill swimming a best time of 49.17, and Cal’s Seth Stubblefield in 49.33. Tucson Ford/South African Darian Townsend was 4th in 49.55.