Dakota Luther Erases Felicia Lee’s Jr National Meet Record in 100 Fly


Though she was not able to get a best time or a win last night in the 200 fly, Dakota Luther showed some impressive speed tonight, proving her worth as an all-around butterflier and not solely a 200 fly specialist.

Luther was out quick in 27.61 in her 100 fly win tonight, with nobody else out under 28. She was also the only swimmer under 31 on the back-half, hitting a 30.98 split to finish with a 58.59. That’s .10 faster than Felicia Lee, a Stanford alumna, went back in 2009 representing NBAC when she set the old record.

Lee was out in 27.89 when she set the old record, coming home in 30.80 to win the 2009 Jr National title over Kendyl Stewart.

Luther, meanwhile, made big strides in this event with her performance tonight. Coming into the meet, her lifetime best was a 59.79 from Worlds Trials in June– she dropped down to a 59.35 this morning in prelims, and then dropped a big swim tonight with a 58.59. This marks only her sixth time under the minute mark, with five of those occurrences (including her 58.59 tonight) happening in 2017.

17-18 U.S. Top Performers – 100 Fly

  1. Katie McLaughlin, 57.87 2015
  2. Felicia Lee, 58.41 2010
  3. Dakota Luther, 58.56 2017
  4. Misty Hyman, 58.72 1997
  5. Olivia Scott, 58.94 2011

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3 years ago

Congratulations Dakota!

3 years ago

Bye, Felicia! Sorry, I had to do it. 😉

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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