Ali DeLoof Shaves American Record 50 Back by .01 in Lead-Off


Ali DeLoof set a new American record in the 50 SCM backstroke as the lead-off leg of the world record-setting American 200 medley relay tonight in Windsor.

DeLoof’s leg clocked in at 26.12, just out-swimming NCAA rival Olivia Smoliga‘s 26.13 from the FINA Short Course World Championships in Istanbul back in 2012 .

DeLoof, a senior at Michigan, now sits in the 10th spot in the all-time list, tied with Belarus’s Aliaksandra Herasimenia. The all-time top ten list is below:

  1. Etiene Medeiros, BRA: 25.67
  2. Sanja Jovanovic, CRO: 25.70
  3. Jing Zhao, CHN: 25.82
  4. Emily Seebohm, AUS: 25.83
  5. Chang Gao, CHN: 25.92
  6. Marieke D’Cruz, AUS: 25.98
  7. Daryna Zevina, UKR: 25.99
  8. Aleksandra Urbanczyk, POL: 26.03
  9. Aya Terakawa, JPN: 26.06
  10. Aliaksandra Herasimenia, BLR/ Ali DeLoof, USA: 26.12

DeLoof’s time tonight is also the fastest time in the world this year, boding well for the individual event later this week (where her seed time is 27.42). The next fastest lead-off swimmer in the field was Emily Seebohm of Australia with 26.37.

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Her team, Lilly King, Kelsi Worrell, and Katrina Konopka, joined DeLoof in destroying the 200 medley relay world record with 1:43.27.


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DeLoof is not a senior, she has finished.

Ok. It seems we must write Ali DeLoof with a L. 🙂
If I remember well she has 2 sisters who swim in college.
Her progression has been spectacular in the last few months.

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Hannah Hecht grew up in Kansas and spent most of her childhood trying to convince coaches to let her swim backstroke in freestyle sets. She took her passion to Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa and swam at NAIA Nationals all four years. After graduating in 2015, she moved to …

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