Anton Lobanov becomes first D-II man under 52 in 100 breast with 51.63 national record

Nova Southeastern freshman Anton Lobanov came up with the blowout swim of NCAA Division II Championships Friday night, going 51.63 to become the first-ever Division II swimmer to break 52.

Lobanov cut almost a second and a half off his prelims time to lower the Division II NCAA record in the event, which he broke earlier this year at 52.00. The mark before that was a 52.43 from 2009, the last season full-body suits were legal in collegiate swimming. That old mark was held by Tampa’s Aleksander Hetland.

Lobanov was actually pretty controlled going out, splitting a 24.34 on the opening 50 and only holding a lead of 0.1 seconds over his closest challenger. But he crushed a 27.29 over the final 50 yards to blow out the field and finish in 51.63 for the national mark.

It’s been a huge day for freshmen, and Lobanov’s mark stands up as the third new national record to fall to a freshman so far tonight.

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Gene Kamm

This is insane to me. As a breaststroker in college, I cannot imagine a 51.6 in Division II. 51’s were jaw dropping only a few short years ago in Division I. Let alone from a FRESHMAN… If this kid can translate to long course, he’s going to be a star.

Gene – Lobanov already has a big resume in long course. He took silver in the 100nd 200 breast at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games.


I believe those DII and DIII athletes that swim times that would place in the Championship Finals of the DI meet should be allowed to compete there. At least that is what was allowed back in the 80s. Well, the alternative is for DI schools to recruit these DI athletes to transfer. 44+ in the 100 Fly and 51+ in the 100 breast. What are we missing here?

Sergio Lopez Miro

Proud of You Anton!!!! From Singapore Cobi, Harley, Sandy and me send you a big hug my friend #OnceABollesSharkAlwaysABollesShark #LivingTheDream


Impressive! VERY Impressive!

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