2020 SECs: Erika Brown Breaks Dahlia’s 100 FL American Record with 49.3 (VIDEO)


Tennessee’s Erika Brown is 2-for-2 in her individual events at the 2020 SEC Championships. After breaking Natalie Coughlin’s Pool Record with her prelims swim, Brown raced to a new American Record in the 100 fly. The former record was a 49.43 set by Kelsi Dahlia in 2016. She’s now the 3rd fastest performer in history, behind only Louise Hansson and Maggie MacNeil, who share the NCAA Record in 49.26. Brown, Hansson, and MacNeil will get a chance to go head-to-head at the NCAA Championships.

Below is a comparison of splits between Brown’s new American Record and Dahlia’s old mark. We’ve also included Hansson and MacNeil’s splits from the NCAA Record. Brown had the fastest first 50 out of all 4 of those swims. You can also see a video of tonight’s race below.

Kelsi Dahlia (2016) 23.09 26.34 49.43
Erika Brown (2020) 22.83 26.55 49.38
Louise Hansson (2019) 23.03 26.23 49.26
Maggie MacNeil  (2019) 23.27 25.99 49.26



Place Swimmer Time
1 Louise Hansson 49.26
1 Maggie MacNeil 49.26
3 Erika Brown 49.38
4 Kelsi Dahlia 49.43
5 Katie McLaughlin 49.97
6 Natalie Coughlin 50.01
7 Farida Osman 50.05
8 Rachel Komisarz 50.10
9 Olivia Bray 50.19
10 Kate Douglass 50.30

Brown earned her 3rd-straight SEC title tonight in 49.38, setting a new lifetime best and SEC Meet Record by half a second. She had set the mark in 2018 and tied it in 2019. She’s on track to go 3-for-3 in her individual races again this year. On Wednesday night, she became the 2nd fastest 50 freestyler ever as she won in 21.03 with a new SEC Record.

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1 year ago

Amazing and well deserved great swim by a super sweet and focused gal. Well done!

1 year ago

Can’t wait to see what Maggie does in the 100 Fly tomorrow

Reply to  #MFan
1 year ago

Maggie will go fast for sure! BUT Erika WILL DESTROY her

Reply to  Dabestestman
1 year ago

My guess is MacNeil goes 48 either tomorrow or at NCAAs.

Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh10
1 year ago

MacNeil is not resting for Big 10’s… Come on.

I guess if she goes 48 at a conference meet she’ll go 47 at NCAA’s.

Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

These girls are great, but Natalie Coughlin’s 50.01 from 2002 is insane. Sometimes forget how great she was. NCAA records in 100 and 200 fly, 100 and 200 back, 100 and 200 free. Probably something else. Ridiculous.

Bobo Gigi
1 year ago

We can say she has great underwaters.

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