Andrei Minakov Becomes #4 100 Flyer Of All Time, Fourth Man Under 44 Seconds

2022 MEN’S PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS

Men’s 100 Butterfly:

Top 3:

  1. Andrei Minakov (Stanford) – 43.90
  2. Alexander Colson (ASU) – 45.02
  3. Cody Bybee (ASU) – 45.32

After Stanford freshman Andrei Minakov broke the Pac-12 meet record and freshman record this morning in the prelims of the Pac-12 conference championships, he threw down a time of 43.90 in finals to win by over a second, taking down the conference record and his own freshman record in the process. In addition, he joins Caeleb Dressel, Tom Shields, and Joseph Schooling as the only men who have broken 44 seconds in the event, and is the first to do so since Dressel in 2018.

Minakov’s swim makes him the fourth fastest 100 flyer of all time and the fastest in the NCAA this season, surpassing Youssef Ramadan‘s 44.08 from ACCs two weeks ago.

ALL-TIME MEN’S 100 FLY PERFORMERS:

  1. Caeleb Dressel, Florida, 42.80 (2018)
  2. Joseph Schooling, Texas, 43.75 (2017)
  3. Tom Shields, Californa Aquatics, 43.84 (2016)
  4. Andrei Minakov, Stanford, 43.90 (2022)
  5. Youssef Ramadan, Virginia Tech, 44.08 (2022)

In one day, Minakov has dropped nearly a second off his his personal best, which sat at a 44.78 before this meet from mid-season. He split 20.38/23.56 this race compared to the 20.65/24.13 he split at the NC State Invitational in November, showing improvements in both his front and back half of the race.

Additionally, Minakov split a 19.49 on fly during the opening night of the championships to help Stanford capture the conference title in the 200 medley relay, which was the third-fastest 50 fly relay split of all time. He also finished second in the 50 free in a time of 19.08.

Arizona State’s Alexander Colson dropped exactly a second off of his best time of 46.02 pre-Pac 12s to finished behind Minakov (45.02), and Colson’s teammate Cody Bybee was third (45.32).

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James Beam
9 months ago

swimswam- is there a list of “freshman” NCAA records? I can’t seem to find one.

Card Goes Hard
9 months ago

I think he’s got more in him. His long course is consistently smoking fast and his walls are outstanding. Transitioning from scm to scy takes a little longer on the sprints, since so much of the race happens underwater. Excited to see what he can do at the big dance

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Although Yanyan wasn't the greatest competitive swimmer, she learned more about the sport of swimming through scoring countless dual meets, being a timer, and keeping track of her teammates' best times for three years as a team manager. She eventually ventured into the realm of writing and joined SwimSwam in …

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