Ben Proud Unleashes 18.1 SCM 50 Free (With Fins) From A Push At ENS Practice

Sprint specialist Ben Proud pushed an 18.1 50 free (with fins) at one of Energy Standard’s ISL workouts. At the end of their sprint workout, the ENS sprint group pushed a 50 for time with fins. James Gibson, Energy Standard’s General Manager, was the man behind the watch.

The final heat in the workout included Adam Barrett, Simonas Bilas, and Proud. These were there times, from a push:

When asked about his performance, Proud said simply: “Wasn’t quite 17.”

The fastest SCM 50 free is Caeleb Dressel‘s (USA) 20.16 that he set at the 2020 ISL Grand Final in Budapest, Hungary. Ben Proud‘s best time was from 2017 when he set the British record (20.66) at the European Short Course Championships. Proud has been as fast as 20.86 this season, which he achieved during Match 3 of the 2021 ISL season.

Check the video below from The Swimsuit Guy, who is a member of Energy Standard’s coaching staff this season:

For comparison, the world record in the 50-meter (LCM) surface swimming with a monofin is a 15.00, which was set by Colombia’s Mauricio Fernández at the 2016 World Championships. In fin surface swimming events, athletes use a long mono-fin and maintain a streamline for the duration of the lap. Athletes are also able to dive in using the blocks, and can streamline underwater through 15 meters, similar to the traditional pool events.

There are finswimming World Records with stereofins (two separate fins). In a long course pool, that record is 18.41. Finswimming’s official governing body, CMAS, doesn’t recognize short course world records.

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Khachaturian
5 days ago

in practice huh…..

Dan
5 days ago

Could not find a video of the fastest 50 I have read about, but this is not to far off: (523) 50m Apnea Men Finsimming World Games 2017 – YouTube

CasualSwimmer
5 days ago

The bifin LCM 50 free record is 18.41 so his time is quite good given that the turn actually slows down the swimmer in finswimming (in most cases)
But I’m not quite sure his underwaters were legal (<15m)

Last edited 5 days ago by CasualSwimmer
CasualSwimmer
Reply to  CasualSwimmer
5 days ago

(the fastest 50 being the 50m apnea in 13.70 by Pavel Kabanov, with a monofin)

PhillyMark
Reply to  CasualSwimmer
5 days ago

Proud was <15m both laps

monteswim
5 days ago

Jo Schooling went 17.9

Sun Yangs Mom
Reply to  monteswim
5 days ago

and he’s pissed!

BearlyBreathing
Reply to  monteswim
5 days ago

Many centuries from now, historians will write many volumes about the epic accomplishments of Joseph Schooling in practice.
But seriously, why even report on this? Not only a practice time but with fins. Maybe it would be a good story for FinswimFinswam.

swimfast
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
5 days ago

i totally agree dont report sh** like this normally, but hearing about what *actual* fast af swimmers go with fins is kinda fun. i dont wanna hear what Joe Schmoe (not jo schooling, please, lay it on me) goes in practice, but the random every-now-and-then fins performance of actual national record holders is cool ONLY because it shows us how (sorry) lame the monofin world records are

ie. hearing about pretty much anything confirmed super fast swimmers do is kinda newsworthy

Last edited 5 days ago by swimfast
dylan
5 days ago

I did an 18.0 but the cameras weren’t on 🙄

Thorpedo
Reply to  dylan
5 days ago

I went that on breastroke come on give me a challenge

Drewbrewsbeer
Reply to  Thorpedo
5 days ago

Breast in fins IS THE CHALLENGE

Rafael
Reply to  Drewbrewsbeer
4 days ago

and with Paddles.. From the Block

Hswimmer
5 days ago

I went faster, you just didn’t see me in time

Chineeese boy
5 days ago

Dressel could go 15.

Mr Piano
Reply to  Chineeese boy
5 days ago

I’d max him out at 17.63

CasualSwimmer
Reply to  Chineeese boy
5 days ago

Dressel is an outstanding athlete but as of right now, he’s not really built for finswimming so i doubt that he could smash (or even challenge) WRs

Pvdh
Reply to  CasualSwimmer
5 days ago

Dressel would probably murk records with fins lmao what in the fook are you talking about

Doconc
5 days ago

And??