Andrew Wilson’s 51.02 Demolishes D3 100 Breast Records, Is #5 All-Time

Division III Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships

Men’s 100-yard Breaststroke – Prelims

Emory senior Andrew Wilson demolished the meet and NCAA Division III records, both of which he owned, with a 51.02 in the 100 breast during prelims on Day Three at the 2017 NCAA Division III Championships. With that swim, Wilson moved up to #5 on the all-time list

  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. 51.02 p Andrew Wilson USA Shenandoah 03/17/2017
  6. 51.07 p Fabian Schwingenschloegl GER Columbia 11/18/2016
  7. 51.08 Nicolas Fink USA Iowa City 03/27/2015
  8. 51.14 Andrew Wilson USA Oxford 12/02/2016
  9. 51.15 Will Licon USA Austin 02/22/2017
  10. 51.35 Mike Alexandrov USA Columbus 12/02/2010
  11. 51.41 p Richard Funk USA Iowa City 03/27/2015

Wilson got off to a strong start, already half a body length ahead of the field with his pulldown alone. He outpaced the field by nearly a body length **per 25** over the next three laps, finishing with 51.02, faster than anyone else in the meet by over 3.3 seconds.

Wilson improved his previous personal best, which he attained at the Miami Invitational in Oxford, Ohio in December 2016, by .12.

His splits were:

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

Wilson took a half stroke to end his race, otherwise he might have been under 51 seconds. He’ll have another shot at that feat in tonight’s final.

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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7 years ago

I’m just gonna print off a million copies of this article and throw them at the next person who tells me D3 swimming is a joke.

7 years ago

He seems like he is just on the edge of being able to go 49. he probably cruised the first 50 to test his back half for prelims but tonight he will be all in for it. Something special and I think he can pull it out!

7 years ago

This is a pretty darn fast year in D3 all around the board. Not just nationals, but even the 50-100 spots in every event have gotten much deeper. Hopefully this marks the year more HS kids will choose D3 over possibly a D1 mid-major. It’s sad…I see too many high school kids burn out at a D1 school when they could’ve helped another team nationally or just at their conference meet a whole lot if they would’ve went D3 instead. Interesting to think about.

Reply to  Dag
7 years ago

Here is my formula how to pick college:

1. have potential to score in Div 1 NCAAs – pick high Div 1
2. Mediocre grades, solid swimmer – pick Div 2
3. Great grades, solid to mediocre swimmer – pick Div 3.

Reply to  Dag
7 years ago

Very true. There seems to be the stigma about being able to say you went D1, even if you never make the conference roster.

7 years ago

Your top 10 is missing Will Licon

Reply to  Reid
7 years ago

Will Licon is a con artist. He makes you think he sucks at the 100

7 years ago

It’s fun to think that there is not her chance that the American record is set from D3. It’s extremely unlikely, but not zero. And to think he came into college a 59 second 100br.

Reply to  mxskier
7 years ago

his progression is amazing. I’d love to see an interview with his coach at Emory to hear his perspective on watching that 59 become a 51.0 (maybe 50 point tonight) over his four years at emory (five if you count the gap year). I feel like he must have a lot to say about that. I also would expect that, from a team perspective, the whole thing must be so cool too. It’s not just like Emory recruited some elite swimmer – he started out in the middle of the recruit pack (or at the back of it, really), and then gradually shot up to being a total superstar. It must have been wild for his peers to watch him… Read more »

Reply to  THEO
7 years ago

That’s just an amazing success story. I see so many elite level prospects at the D1 level that unfortunately “top out” with their times from high school. Which is just sometimes the nature of the beast…When you are already amazingly fast improvement comes in smaller increments, if even at all.

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