Chris Guiliano Passes Michael Phelps with 47.49 100 LCM Free at ACC Time Trials

2024 Post-ACC Championship Long Course Time Trials

  • February 25th, 2024
  • Greensboro Aquatic Center, Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Long Course Meters (50 meters), Timed Finals
  • Results on Meet Mobile: “2024 ACC Long Course TT Invitational”

After breaking the ACC Record in the 100 yard free twice on Saturday, landing at a 40.62 in the individual event final to become the #3 performer in history, Notre Dame junior Chris Guiliano has proven that sometimes, short course and long course results are heavily correlated.

In a time trial session on Sunday morning, he swam 47.49 in the 100 free in long course meters. That is about half-a-second better than his 47.98 from the mid-season Ohio State Invitational, a time that he also swam at last year’s US National Championships to grab a surprise second individual spot at the World Championships.

Guiliano’s progression in this 100 free has been rather spectacular. Heading into his sophomore year in fall of 2022, when Chris Lindauer was hired as Notre Dame’s new head coach, he had a best time of 50.28 – a respectable time, but one that didn’t show much progress in the almost two years since he swam 50.54 in November 2020 during his senior year of high school.

Guiliano responded to the new coaching staff quickly.

At the US Open in December, he took over a second off that swim to go 49.17. That moved him into another tier of performance, though it didn’t necessarily catch a lot of national attention.

Fast forward 8 months, and at the US National Championships and World Championship Trials, he swam 48.17 in prelims to make the final among a list of mostly more-recognizable names. But he wasn’t done yet – he dropped another two-tenths in the final to finish in 47.98, placing him just .05 seconds behind Jack Alexy, and .01 seconds ahead of Matt King, for an individual swim at the World Championships.

He wasn’t able to hold that speed for Worlds, and placed 18th in 48.41, but that was his learning experience. He’s now showing the ability to go fast over-and-over.

While the US field isn’t getting any lighter (and we still don’t know where Caeleb Dressel is going to be come June), this swim should give him a lot more confidence about his chances at an individual Olympic swim this summer.

He is now the 5th-best US performer ever in the event, passing the legendary Michael Phelps.

Top 10 US Performers, Men’s 100 Free, All-Time

  1. Caeleb Dressel – 46.96
  2. Jack Alexy – 47.31
  3. Dave Walters – 47.33
  4. Ryan Held – 47.39
  5. Chris Guiliano – 47.49
  6. Michael Phelps – 47.51
  7. Nathan Adrian – 47.52
  8. Jason Lezak – 47.58
  9. Maxime Rooney – 47.61
  10. Zach Apple – 47.69

Otherwise, the most significant results in the meet both came in the men’s 100 fly. There, Guiliano’s Notre Dame teammate Tanner Filion swam a best time of 53.34 to qualify for the US Olympic Trials. His previous best time, done mid-season at the Ohio State Invitational, was 53.79.

The Olympic Trials cut is 53.59.

Filion was already qualified in the 100 back. This is his first, and last, season at Notre Dame: he transferred in from NCAA Division III Whitman College, where he was a three-time D3 national champion and D3 national record holder.

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Swimz
1 month ago

This summer men 100×4 of USA is gonna be wild..my dream line ups, for heats : Macduff, King, Armstrong, Williamson (48.1, 47.4, 47.5, 47.7) for the finals:Alexy, King, Armstrong and Guiliano (47.4, 47.2, 47.2, 46.9)

Luigi
1 month ago

American commentators always pronounce his surname as if it was spelled “Giuliano”. I wonder why.

Fluidg
1 month ago

Any list of all-time performers should include asterisks for supersuited swims. How quickly we forget.

And congrats to Chris for some huge swims!

Last edited 1 month ago by Fluidg
zThomas
Reply to  Fluidg
1 month ago

literally no one has forgotten.

John26
1 month ago

How are Liendo’s under waters compared to Giuliano’s? Seems like Liendo’s SCY actually seems better than his LCM and we shouldn’t be surprised to see him drop a 47.2

Last edited 1 month ago by John26
Hank
1 month ago

Guiliano doesn’t stay underwater very long like Gretchen Walsh or Leon Marchand does. He comes up pretty early and starts swimming, which indicates he is faster above the water than below. No surprise this translates well to LCM. If he can improve his underwaters to 15m his 100LCM might also see more improvement.

Aragon Son of Arathorne
1 month ago

Great time and the future is bright for this guy. However, comparing a 100 free to Phelps is irrelevant.

Random123
Reply to  Aragon Son of Arathorne
1 month ago

how so?

IU Kicker
Reply to  Aragon Son of Arathorne
1 month ago

Phelps was the American record holder at one time in the 100 free, so it still seems pretty relevant.

JimSwim22
Reply to  IU Kicker
1 month ago

In Phelps 9th best event

Cate
Reply to  IU Kicker
1 month ago

It would be more relevant if it weren’t a time trial.

mds
Reply to  IU Kicker
1 month ago

Not only that but a large part of the interest in this swim relates to improved chances for USA in 4×100 free – an event in which Phelps won 2 of his Golds.

In addition, it is interestng in that Rowdy broke Jonty Skinner’s 1976 World Record (:49.44) in the 100 free in a time trial in Austin, with his record (:49.36) lasting until broken in 1985 by Matt Biondi (:49.24).

Mean Dean
Reply to  Aragon Son of Arathorne
1 month ago

the 5th fastest american of all time?

Sapiens Ursus
Reply to  Aragon Son of Arathorne
1 month ago

Phelps held the American record until 2017, and his performance just happens to be the one Guiliano surpassed in the ranking so…

What’s the problem?

bubo
Reply to  Sapiens Ursus
1 month ago

Erm ackshually Dave Walters broke the AR in 2009 with a supersuit

Sapiens Ursus
Reply to  bubo
1 month ago

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Last edited 1 month ago by Sapiens Ursus
mds
Reply to  bubo
1 month ago

In Bejing 2008, Phelps lead off the USA Gold Medal winning (can you say Jasons Lezak?) 4×100 free in :47.51;

Dave Walters broke that record in the final of the 100 Free in Rome 2009 at :47.33 for 6th – In the heat in which Cielo set his :46.91 World mark.

OldNotDead
Reply to  bubo
1 month ago

and MP was in a super-suit, though not the 2009 version, but still a now banned suit.

Fluidg
Reply to  OldNotDead
1 month ago

The 2009 and 2008 versions of the Speedo LZR were the same. In fact, the full polyurethane suits by Blue70 et al were on the scene in early 2008, as well. It took time for swimmers to realize how much of an advantage the supersuits provided and to get their hands on one. By Worlds in 2009, everyone was on the band wagon.

phelpsfan
Reply to  Aragon Son of Arathorne
1 month ago

Stfu

Last edited 1 month ago by phelpsfan
Christine Breedy
1 month ago

Any idea what other swims happened at the LC trial at ACC?

Beginner Swimmer at 25
1 month ago

Dressel’s 47.39 from 2021 isn’t gonna cut it this year. US trials are tough but fair.

My predictions:

1. Alexy
2. Guliano
3. Dressel
4. King
5. Curry
6. Kulow

mds
Reply to  Beginner Swimmer at 25
1 month ago

You are no Beginner Swimmer; your analysis is pretty much square on point.

Smglsn12
Reply to  mds
1 month ago

Seems like he began at 25, for all we know he’s 50 now

Isaac
Reply to  Beginner Swimmer at 25
1 month ago

I hope kulow makes it so bad

mds
Reply to  Isaac
1 month ago

I’m very hopeful for Jonny as well.

The legitimacy of his quest relates more to his Pan Am relay splits than his flat start PB of :48.38. He did the following series of 50 & 100 LCM freestyle swims in late October, 2023 in Santiago, Chile, certainly an unorthodox point in time for an American collegiate athlete to do his best work in LCM:

Entering Pan-Ams, PBs were :21.87 & :48.47 from 6/23 Nationals.

Day 1 prelim: :49.80 LO of prelim Men’s 4×100 Free
Day 1 final :48.45 PB, LO of Men’s 4×100(Silver with Chaney, Aikins & Curry, behind Brazil)
Day 2 final :47.44 R, 2nd leg, of Mixed 4×100 (Silver with Curry, C Deloof, Madden, behind… Read more »

snailSpace
Reply to  mds
1 month ago

I will be following his next meets, through NCAA and Trials, with great interest.

Palpatine energy intensifies.

gitech
Reply to  Beginner Swimmer at 25
1 month ago

I added armstrong but this is good
He did 47.8 in doha

Last edited 1 month ago by gitech
Expert Swimmer
Reply to  Beginner Swimmer at 25
1 month ago

47.39 is the US Open Record. So basically to win the Olympic Trials this year, someone would need to break that record?

Swimz
Reply to  Expert Swimmer
1 month ago

My predictions are,
Alexy 47.28
Guiliano 47.35
Armstrong 47.51
Macduff 47.78
King 47.81
Williamson 47.82
Dressel 47.90
Kulow 48.02

Troyy
Reply to  Swimz
1 month ago

What makes you think Armstrong is going 47.5?

Swimz
Reply to  Troyy
1 month ago

In doha he dropped 0.5 to record a PB of 47.83, so, I do hope he ll drop more time..

Swimz
Reply to  Beginner Swimmer at 25
1 month ago

I m not taking Curry as a proven relay swimmer..Armstrong, williamson and hobson is more consistent than curry on relays

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