Beata Nelson Lowers American Record in 100 IM to 57.90


Beata Nelson lowered the American Record in the 100 SCM IM Sunday in Naples in Match 7 of the International Swimming League’s third season. Nelson, who represents the Cali Condors in the ISL, shaved 0.04 from the former American Record, set by Melanie Margalis in Match 4 of the 2020 ISL season in Budapest.

Nelson and Margalis are the only two American women to swim under 58-seconds in the 100 SCM IM. Nelson tie’s Israel’s Anastasia Gorbenko as the 14th-fastest performer all-time. Nelson’s swim was extremely important in that she earned the Condors 15 points through the jackpot mechanism, stealing the points from three other swimmers.

Nelson has been inching her way towards the record all season; Nelson swam a 57.99 in Match 6, a 58.02 in Match 4, and a 58.05 in Match 2.

Nelson, who is primarily a backstroke and butterfly specialist, has a significantly faster opening 50 than Margalis, though Margalis is stronger on the second half of the race as she is better known as a breaststroke and IM specialist.

Splits Comparison

Nelson 2021 Margalis 2020
1st 50 26.08 26.89
2nd 50 31.82 31.05
Total 57.90 57.94

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Kam Sendricks
1 month ago

Boom Shak-a-lacka!!!

1 month ago

Wearing a3

Reply to  Bruh
1 month ago

Heard some A3 have some fast ass suits

1 month ago

Sure are a lot of them national records in this ISL thing.

Reply to  BearlyBreathing
1 month ago

I noticed that too. I assumed that would be hard due to the rigors of the competition, but maybe they’re holding tapers better. Also might be a function for the Americans at least of not swimming short course meters as much so maybe some of those records are a bit softer. It’ll be interesting to see what some of the folks that are beasts in short course like Hoffer end up doing in ISL.

ACC fan
1 month ago

Powerful 5th stroke swimmers are dominant in ISL, congratulations Beata!

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