2022 EUROPEAN AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Thursday, August 11 – Wednesday, August 17, 2022 (pool swimming)
- Rome, Italy
- Parco Del Foro Italico
- LCM (50m)
- Start Times
- Prelims: 9:00 am local / 3:00 am ET
- Finals: 6:00 pm local / 12:00 pm ET
- Meet Central
- Event Schedule
- Live Results
- Live Stream
- Day 4 Prelims Heat Sheet
- Day 4 Prelims Live Recap
In prelims of the men’s 50 backstroke on Day 4 of the 2022 European Championships, Björn Seeliger took down both the Swedish and Nordic records. He blasted 24.79, taking down his own Swedish record of 25.10 that he’d set in July 2022. The swim is also a new Nordic record. That old mark was set by Norway’s Lavrans Solli at 24.84 at the 2015 World Championships.
In addition to setting two new records, the swim is a massive best time for Seeliger, who dips under 25 seconds for the first time. He’d been 25.10 just last month, but before then held a lifetime best of 25.45 from 2018 European Juniors. So far this season, he’s cut .66 seconds off his best time.
Seeliger had an incredible 2021-22 season at Cal, which culminated in him helping them win an NCAA team title. Over the second half of the season, he showed off his rapidly improving backstroke, surprising many who thought of him as purely a sprint freestyler. At the NCAA Championships, he lead off the 200-yard medley relay in 20.08, the fastest 50-yard backstroke split in history. He also swam 18.27 leading off the 200-yard free relay, becoming the second-fastest performer all-time, behind only Caeleb Dressel. Now, it seems he’s beginning to translate that yards success into the the big pool.
Seeliger qualified third for the semifinals, so he’ll have at least one more opportunity to lower his new records. Earlier in the meet, he finished 14th in the 100 free with a 48.96, undercutting his old personal best from last year’s European Championships by .02. He’s also slated to race the 50 freestyle.