Professional breaststroker Cody Miller has broken the American and U.S. Open Records in the 50 yard breaststroke on Sunday at the American Energy Swim Club Pro-Am meet in Edmond, Oklahoma.
In the race, Miller swam a 23.61, which improved the 24.31 done by Mark Gangloff at this same meet in 2007 when it was at the Oklahoma City Community College (where the King Marlin version is now held).
Also going under the old record was runner-up Brendan McHugh in 23.66, 3rd-place finisher Jared Anderson in 24.23, and 4th-place finisher Zach Hayden in 24.23.
Miller actually broke the record once already in prelims with a 23.91, and took it further in finals.
Note: USA Swimming doesn’t have a published U.S. Open Record in this event, and their American Record history is thin, but two swimmers have been faster in the first 50 of a 100 yard swim: Kevin Cordes was 23.58 en route to his record in the 100, and Damir Dugonjic was 23.45 on the first 100 en route to an NCAA title in 2009. We have reached out to USA Swimming to see why Cordes’ swim isn’t counted as the American Record.
For the sake of curiosity, the fastest split on a relay we could find was Damir Dugonjic, who has split as fast as 22.83. Last December, Kevin Cordes was a 22.84 on a 200 medley relay for Arizona.