Cole Pratt Erases 2009 Super-Suited Canadian Record In SCM 100 Back


In what was a record-setting day of action in Budapest, Canadian Cole Pratt got in on the action by resetting an 11-year-old national record in the men’s 100 backstroke (SCM).

Pratt, 18, slaughtered his personal best time by almost nine-tenths of a second in 50.40, breaking the Canadian Record of 50.60 set by Jake Tapp in 2009.

Split Comparison

Tapp, 2009 Pratt, 2020
24.32 24.49
26.28 25.91
50.60 50.40

A member of the Toronto Titans, Pratt’s previous lifetime best stood at 51.27, done in Match 9. He has now been under his PB coming into the season, 51.57, on six different occasions, including a 51.30 on the lead-off leg of Toronto’s medley relay on day one of this match.

Tapp, now an assistant coach in the NCAA with Northwestern, set that record at the “British Gas Grand Prix” in Leeds, England, where Canadian swimmers set numerous national marks wearing the now-banned super-suits. In fact, Tapp’s record was set on the lead-off leg of Canada’s 400 medley that set the world record in 3:23.33. The Canadian men also broke the world record in the 800 free relay (6:51.05).

Markus Thormeyer, who competes for the Tokyo Frog Kings, narrowly missed breaking Tapp’s record during Match 9, where he clocked 50.61.

Thormeyer has, however, lowered the national 200 back mark twice during this season, taking out Pratt’s record set last year of 1:51.30 with subsequent swims of 1:50.30 and 1:50.27. Pratt lowered his PB down to 1:50.82 on day one of these semi-finals.

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4 months ago

How close has anyone gotten to Mitch Larkin’s WR in the 200 back?

Reply to  James Sutherland
4 months ago

Larkin was on fire in 2015 . What a year

4 months ago

Tapp still the GOAT

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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