Beata Nelson Clocks 49.67 For New American & NCAA Record In 100 Back


Beata Nelson of the Wisconsin Badgers broke the American, NCAA and U.S. Open Records in the women’s 100 back at day 3 finals of the Texas Invite, clocking a time of 49.67 to lower the previous mark of 49.69 set by Stanford’s Ally Howe at the 2017 Pac-12s.

Nelson has had a red hot start to the year, including posting the #1 time in the nation in this event three weeks ago at the ACC vs B1G Challenge in 50.86, and further lowered it in this morning’s prelims down to 50.50. However, her swim tonight toppled past that by a full eight-tenths, improving on her previous best of 49.78 from the 2018 Big Ten Championships. That swim previously ranked 3rd all-time, as Howe also swam a 49.70 last season at NCAAs.

The 50-second barrier has now been cracked ten times in history, with Nelson doing so four times. In addition to her 49.78 at Big Tens, she also went 49.83 and 49.92 at NCAAs last season, where she placed 2nd to Howe in the final.

Nelson is currently in her first season under the tutelage of Yuri Suguiyama, who was announced as Wisconsin’s head coach back in April after previously serving as an assistant with Cal.

Fastest All-Time Performances, Women’s 100 Back

  1. Beata Nelson, 49.67
  2. Ally Howe, 49.69
  3. Ally Howe, 49.70
  4. Beata Nelson, 49.78
  5. Kathleen Baker, 49.80
  6. Beata Nelson, 49.83
  7. Kathleen Baker, 49.84
  8. Beata Nelson, 49.92
  9. Janet Hu, 49.93
  10. Natalie Coughlin, 49.97

In This Story

Leave a Reply

Notify of

oldest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Jalen Stimes
3 years ago

My sister goes there!!

3 years ago

Video? Please

Andrew Mering
Reply to  SwimGeek
3 years ago
3 years ago

… gonna be hard to BEATa Nelson in March 😏

3 years ago

Dear God

3 years ago

You forgot to mention she has a new coach this year. Evidently its working out for her

Gooey pants
Reply to  Taa
3 years ago

Good coaching can help

Reply to  Taa
3 years ago

Disagree. A .03 improvement and all of the sudden her new coach is the reason for her AR? How about Whitney who got her to essentially the same level but started with her going 52/53’s?

Reply to  Gorb
3 years ago

In November, his assistance/guidance has it happening here early on. You can hear and see in interviews with Wisco kids, things are different there.

Daniel Jablonski
3 years ago

Dude it’s November, what are we going to see in March??? Under 49.5???

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

Read More »