Andrew Wilson Crashes Through 51 Barrier, Sets D3 100 Breast at 50.94

Division III Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships

Men’s 100-yard Breaststroke – Final

  1. Andrew Wilson, SR Emory 50.94
  2. Michael Lagieski, SR Wash U. MO 53.86
  3. Evan Holder, SR Johns Hopkins 54.04
  4. Kou, Timothy JR NYU 54.29
  5. Reona Yamaguchi, FR Chicago 54.66
  6. Chasse Sodemann, SO Coast Guard 54.75
  7. Tanner Sonnek, SO Gustavus 54.81
  8. Samuel McManus, JR DePauw 54.94

For the third consecutive event, the crowd in Shenandoah, Texas watched the fastest Division III performance in history. This time it was Emory senior Andrew Wilson, who had lowered his own mark in prelims to 51.02, who set the new standard.

[Watch his historic swim here.]

Wilson, who swims alone because, frankly, no one is within a body length of him after the first wall, crashed through the 51-second barrier to win in 50.94, taking another .08 off the Division III record. He remains at the #5 spot of all-time:

  1. 50.04 Kevin Cordes USA Austin 03/27/2014
  2. 50.82 Cody Miller USA Edmond 12/18/2015
  3. 50.86 Damir Dugonjic SLO 03/26/2009
  4. 50.89 p Chuck Katis USA Iowa City 03/27/2015
  5. 50.94 Andrew Wilson USA Shenandoah 3/17/2017
  6. 51.07 Fabian 11/18/2016 Schwingenschloegl p GER Columbia
  7. 51.08 Nicolas Fink USA Iowa City 03/27/2015
  8. 51.15 Will Licon USA Austin 02/22/2017
  9. 51.35 Mike Alexandrov USA Columbus 12/02/2010
  10. 51.41 p Richard Funk USA Iowa City 03/27/2015

Wilson was out .35 fast than in the morning, but he came back .27 slower. His splits were:

2017 NCAAs 3/17/17(f) 2017 NCAAs 3/17/17(p) 2016 Miami Invitational 12/2/16
23.91 24.26 23.92
27.03 26.76 27.22
  50.94   51.02   51.14

The NCAA Division I record is 50.04, set by Kevin Cordes of Arizona on March 28, 2014. In Division II, it is 51.63, from Anton Lovanov of Nova Southeastern on March 13, 2015.

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What the wow. No words. Simply amazing.


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