Disclaimer: BlueSeventy Swim of the Week is not meant to be a conclusive selection of the best overall swim of the week, but rather one Featured Swim to be explored in deeper detail. The BlueSeventy Swim is an opportunity to take a closer look at the context of one of the many fast swims this week, perhaps a swim that slipped through the cracks as others grabbed the headlines, or a race we didn’t get to examine as closely in the flood of weekly meets.
It’s been a week of huge swims across the NCAA. But with all due respect to Olympians Katie Ledecky (exhibit A), Caeleb Dressl (Exhibit B) and more, the biggest swim from the least well-known swimmer was without a doubt Andrew Sansoucie‘s nation-leading 100 fly.
Sansoucie, a Missouri senior, is hardly a household name, buried in an event that includes Olympic and NCAA champ Joseph Schooling and Olympians Jack Conger and Dressel. But it’s the Mizzou senior who is leading the NCAA currently (tied with Dressel) after a massive personal-best at the Missouri Invite.
Sansoucie went 44.86, one full second faster than he’d ever been in his career. The Tiger’s previous best was a 45.86 from NCAAs last year – a time that earned him only a B final slot that eventually became 14th place.
He’s now the 10th fastest swimmer in history in the race, and the 4th swimmer inside that top 10 who is currently active in the NCAA this year. It also provides a huge boost to Missouri’s medley relays. Already boasting the NCAA’s fastest breaststroker from last March (Fabian Schwingenschlogl), Mizzou now has a middle of its medley relays that will be almost untouchable across the nation if both swimmers improve come taper time.
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