16-Year-Old Mitchell Ledford Drops 53.58 to Win 100 Butterfly B-Final



16-year-old Mitchell Ledford established himself as one of the top-10 15-16 100 butterfly performers of all-time with his winning performance at the 2021 US Olympic Trials.

After narrowly missing the A-final this morning, Ledford led the B-final during finals, coming back on the field over the final 50 meters to touch in a time of 53.58. 

Ledford’s performance marks a new personal best for the 16 year-old, who represents TCSC, knocking over 2 tenths of a second off of his previous best of 53.79. With his time, Ledford is now the 10th-fastest performer in 15-16 age group history in the 100 butterfly, tying Kevin Behrens’ time from 2009. 

The current 15-16 100m butterfly National Age Group Record stands at a 52.40 set by Luca Urlando in 2018. 

Although he won the B-final, Ledford will not be eligible to move on to Wave II with his performance, as he did not finish top 2 in the A-final. 

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Nicole has been with SwimSwam since April 2020, as both a reporter and social media contributor. Prior to joining the SwimSwam platform, Nicole also managed a successful Instagram platform, amassing over 20,000 followers. Currently, Nicole is pursuing her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. After competing for the swim …

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