On Tuesday, August 30th, Katie Meili set the American Record in the 100 SCM breaststroke at the FINA World Cup meet in Berlin. Meili broke the record by just over a tenth of a second, touching the wall in 1:03.20. There is, however, a catch- she is not the fastest American to ever swim the event. That distinction belongs to Rebecca Soni, who swam a 1:02.70 in 2009- a half second faster than Meili’s new record.
2009 was a turbulent year for the world of swimming- the polyurethane swim suit was cause for massive controversy. Soni’s swim, from the 2009 Duel in the Pool, came at the end of the year. FINA had not officially banned the suits, while USA Swimming had. This meant that Soni’s time, along with any swim by an American in the polyurethane suits, could not count as an American Record. It could, however, get registered by FINA as an official time. This wrinkle in time cause seven more top American times to not count as American Records, not including Meili’s recent record.
American Record Anomalies
- Men’s 50 free (SCM): Nathan Adrian (20.71)
- Men’s 100 free (SCM): Nathan Adrian (45.08)
- Men’s 4×100 free relay (SCM): Adrian, Grevers, Weber-Gale, Phelps (3:03.30)
- Women’s 200 free (SCM): Allison Schmitt (1:51.57)
- Women’s 400 free (SCM): Allison Schmitt (3:55.89)
- Women’s 200 IM (SCM): Julia Smit (2:04.60)
- Women’s 400 IM (SCM): Julia Smit (4:21.04)
- Women’s 100 breast (SCM): Rebecca Soni (1:02.70)
Seven of the fastest American swims do not count as American Records- all short course meter, and all set at that same 2009 Duel in the Pool meet in Manchester.
Nathan Adrian holds the top times in the 50 (20.71) and 100 (45.08) SCM freestyle. These times are both faster than the American Records, held by Anthony Ervin (20.85) and Ian Crocker (46.25). Adrian was also apart of the fastest 400 SCM freestyle relay in American history, who along with Matt Grevers, Garrett Weber-Gale, and Michael Phelps swam a 3:03.30. This time is faster than the American Record of 3:06.10, set by Adrian, Weber-Gale, Ricky Berens, and Ryan Lochte.
Allison Schmitt holds the fastest American times in the 200 (1:51.57) and 400 (3:55.89) SCM freestyle. Both times are faster than the American Records, set by Missy Franklin (1:52.74) and Katie Hoff (3:57.07). Julia Smit of Stanford Aquatics holds the fastest times in the 200 (2:04.60) and 400 (4:21.04) SCM individual medleys. These are both faster than the American Records, set by Caitlin Leverenz (2:04.91 and 4:24.62).