Alabama’s Derek Maas Swims #3 50 Breaststroke Performer Ever

Anya Pelshaw
by Anya Pelshaw 17

February 15th, 2022 College, SEC

Alabama junior Derek Maas became the #3 fastest 50 breaststroke performer ever during the 200 medley relay tonight at the SEC Championships. Maas split a 22.63 to help the Tide finish second in a total time of 1:22.28. The relay finished behind the Florida men by only 0.22 seconds.

Maas is the #3 fastest performer now only behind Max McHugh who swam a 22.40 at the 2021 Men’s Big Ten Championships, and Carsten Vissering who split a 22.58 at the 2018 Men’s NCAA Championships. Prior to today, Maas was not within the top 25 splits ever. 

Maas had a reaction time of 0.04 which was the second fastest of any legal breaststroker. Only South Carolina’s Luke Massey had a faster reaction time of 0.02. Auburn’s Reid Mikuta had a reaction time of -0.10 split a 22.78 but due to his reaction time caused Auburn to be disqualified due to the negative reaction time. 

At last year’s championships, Maas split a 23.35 on the breaststroke leg as Alabama swam to a third place finish in a time of 1:23.28. Maas also swam the breaststroke leg for the Alabama relay at NCAAs. There he split a 23.79.

Maas holds the Alabama school record in the 100 breaststroke as he swam a time of 51.38 at midseason.

Based on the pre-scratch psych sheets, Maas is entered in four individual events. He is the top seed in the 100 breaststroke (1:52.46), #2 seed in the 100 breaststroke (51.38), #3 seed in the 200 IM (1:43.12), and #7 seed in the 200 IM (46.68). 

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Andy
9 months ago

Where does Luca Orlando’s 19.57 50 fly split rank?

Andy
Reply to  Andy
9 months ago

Looks like it might be #3 as well, behind 2 Schooling swims….

Editor
Reply to  Andy
9 months ago

Here’s what we had as of last March…
ALL TIME TOP 50 FLY RELAY SPLITS

  1. 19.36 – Joe Schooling – 2016
  2. 19.45 – Joe Schooling – 2017
  3. 19.52 – Blaise Vera – 2021
Andy
Reply to  Robert Gibbs
9 months ago

Ah, the Vera split wasn’t in the USA swimming database….

Editor
Reply to  Andy
9 months ago

Yeah, we’ve discovered that USA Swimming hasn’t been updating that lately. We’re doing our best to track them manually, but it’s tough to be 100% sure.

Big Mac #1
9 months ago

I saw this man at my state meet over the summer. He cruised to several easy wins.

Big Mac #1
Reply to  Big Mac #1
9 months ago

Also, think he is in the realm of 45-50 pts at ncaas

Super Max
9 months ago

hmmmmmm 3rd*

Admin
Reply to  Super Max
9 months ago

It’s become clear to me that USA Swimming has stopped updating their all-time splits lists.

We’ll check manually going forward. Thanks for the heads up.

Super Max
Reply to  Braden Keith
9 months ago

That’s a shame on their behalf. Appreciate all the coverage. I think we will allow some mistakes for this month!

Bobo Boi
Reply to  Braden Keith
9 months ago

McHugh was 22.58 at Minnesota Invite this season as well making this #4 split

SoCal Swammer
9 months ago

Incorrect. Max McHugh has the fastest 50 breast split ever with 22.40 from the 2021 B1G Championships. Therefore Maas has the third fastest split

Bobo Boi
9 months ago

Max McHugh?

PFA
9 months ago

You mean #3 you’re forgetting Max mchugh split 22.40 at the last B1G’s

SwimFan
9 months ago

Max McCugh went faster at B1Gs last year. 22.40

Lil Swimmy
9 months ago

ate

Matt
Reply to  Lil Swimmy
9 months ago

Can he beat Peaty over 50m?

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Anya Pelshaw

Anya has been with SwimSwam since June 2021 as both a writer and social media coordinator. She was in attendance at the 2022 Women's NCAA Championships writing and doing social media for SwimSwam. Currently, Anya is pursuing her B.A. in Government & Law and Economics at Lafayette College. There she is …

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