Brooke Zeiger and G Ryan Re-Write B1G Distance Free Records in Georgia

While they were at different meets, Minnesota’s Brooke Zeiger and Michigan’s G Ryan posted head-turning times in the state of Georgia over the weekend. Zieger was on a roll in Atlanta, winning two national titles and taking home two ‘A’ cuts. In the 1650 free, Zeiger also blew right past the Big Ten record, shaving .45 off of Lindsay Vrooman’s old mark.

Zeiger’s splits

27.29
28.66
28.81
28.62
28.55
28.65
28.82
28.72
28.74
28.68 (500: 4:45.54)

28.61
28.58
28.71
28.60
28.59
28.43
28.71
28.69
28.86
28.81 (1000: 9:32.13)

28.79
28.70
28.54
28.68
28.54
28.69
28.76
28.47
28.71
28.43 (1500: 14:18.44)

28.82
28.93
27.81 (1650: 15:44.00)

While Zeiger was only tenths faster than the conference record, she was light years ahead of her old 1650 free time. She was a bit slower than her personal best in the 500 and tenths quicker than her 400 IM personal best this weekend, but in the mile, she took over SIXTEEN seconds off of her old best. This also marks her first time under 16:00, and she went way under that barrier. She would’ve finished 3rd at last year’s NCAA’s with her time yesterday.

Meanwhile, in Athens at the UGA Invite, Michigan’s G Ryan finally broke through and notched a new personal best in the 500 free. Their lifetime best was from back in March of 2013, when they went a 4:36.99 as a 17-year-old, and they hadn’t broken 4:37 since getting to Michigan. Nevertheless, they blasted a 4:34.28 to take down Haley Lips old conference record of 4:34.86. Ryan’s teammate Rose Bi touched 2nd in 4:34.63, also under the old record.

Ryan’s splits

26.06
27.96
28.12
27.83 (200: 1:49.97)
27.87
28.04
27.80
27.79
27.31
25.50 (500: 4:34.28)

As we’ve seen from Ryan time and time again, they had a huge final 50 to charge home. While that strategy might not always work out, it got the job done, and they’ve now put down the best time the B1G conference has ever seen. Michigan, meanwhile, is looking very dangerous in distance freestyle. Ryan and Bi should challenge Zeiger’s brand-new B1G record in the mile today in Athens, while the Wolverines have high school distance star Sierra Schmidt getting to campus for her freshman year next fall.

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Swimmomfl

Out of curiosity, why is Ryan referred to as “they”?

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Swimmomfl

ah. thanks.

bodybyfood

I wondered that, too. Thought it may have been referring to the two Michigan swimmers because they were referenced in a sentence after that. Perhaps a more neutral pronoun, instead if pleural, would be less confusing?

Stay Human

I agree; I’m all in favor of finding a neutral pronoun for those who prefer them, but “they/their” doesn’t seem to be working, and for obvious reasons. I’ve been hearing, reading, and trying to use, “they/their” on an almost daily basis through my work for the last two years, but even I still regularly get confused by it, (including when reading this article) and on several occasions it has resulted in serious misunderstandings which had economic consequences as well as personal social consequences which were less favorable than even if a traditional gender pronoun had been used. It makes way more sense to come up with new pronouns than to obscure and unnecessarily complicate longstanding, and useful, standard rules of… Read more »

G.I.N.A

All true but there is still the situation that in sport gender classifications are the base of competition . A pronoun substitution / invention won’t changethings.

CraigH

“They” is not proper grammar. It should be “he or she.”

SUNY Cal

“G” doesn’t want to be referred as a she.

Just saying

But she swims with other women. So yeah…

whitney L zeiger

Congratulations Brooke!!!

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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