50/100 National Champ Matt King Has Been Swimming Singles All Summer


Reported by Robert Gibbs.


  • World Record – 20.91, Cesar Cielo Filho (2009)
  • American Record – 21.04, Caeleb Dressel (2019/2021)
  • U.S. Open Record – 21.04, Caeleb Dressel (2021)
  • LC Nationals Record – 21.04, Caeleb Dressel (2021)
  • World Junior Record – 21.75, Michael Andrew (2017)

Top 3:

  1. Matt King (Cavalier/UVA) – 21.83
  2. Justin Ress (Mission Viejo) – 22.01
  3. Jack Alexy (Un-Cal) – 22.18

Matt King already had a share of a national title after tying for the 100 free earlier this week, but tonight he captured the crown solo after winning the 50 free by nearly two-tenths of a second. The rising UVA junior got under 22 for the first time this morning with a 21.95, and improved his best time again tonight with a 21.83.

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9 months ago

Who needs doubles when you can have muscles instead?

9 months ago

But who is Matt King?

9 months ago

At his age he would naturally start to fill out anyway.

George Durin
9 months ago

Why train in a way that you’re not going to race? Instead lets train how we race! In my opinion elite sprinters should be lifting 4-5 times per week. While swimming 6 practices per week focusing on developing speed/power and proper race mechanics. Pay attention to the smaller details of the bigger picture!

9 months ago

Ngl I thought for a sec that he was single and ready to mingle with that headline

maximum mchuge
Reply to  NUSwimFan
9 months ago

Who wouldn’t mind that?

9 months ago

Sprinters doing sprinter things

9 months ago

doubles are so excessive especially for sprint events. Something hard wired into our mentality in this sport yet no logic behind it

9 months ago

I really believe singles are enough. A focused single practice is plenty for most.

Reply to  2Fat4Speed
9 months ago

Somewhere along the way I think we got lost thinking that aerobic fitness is the be-all-end-all for swimming faster.

Maybe doubles for distance swimmers, but otherwise I just don’t see how loading up more mileage is the best option. Especially for the sprinters, getting stronger is half the struggle really, and it’s hard to find the time and energy to add real strength and muscle mass to the frame of someone who’s training schedule is inevitably going to keep them frail and thin.

Piss Pooler
Reply to  2Fat4Speed
9 months ago

Exactly why I swim once a week. Complete agreement.

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