Dana Vollmer Swims 53.59, Her Fastest 100 Free Since 2009

Since coming out of retirement last summer, Dana Vollmer has made a splash in more than just the 100 fly. This morning in Charlotte at the Arena Pro Swim, she added a textile best in the 100 free to her list of recent accomplishments. Vollmer posted a 53.59 to grab the top seed heading into finals.

That’s a new textile best for Vollmer, well under her 53.94 from 2010 U.S. Nationals. It’s also the fastest she’s been since the 2009 World Championships, where she swam her lifetime best 53.30. Vollmer is now the fastest American of 2015-16, surpassing Missy Franklin‘s 53.68 from 2015 Worlds and Katie Ledecky‘s 53.75 from Arena Pro Swim at Austin. In terms of this year’s world rankings, she’s cracked the top 10 to sit 9th.

With her 53.5 from prelims, Vollmer enters the conversation for a possible Olympic bid in the 100 free individually, and has a solid shot at landing a spot on the 400 free relay if she can repeat that at trials. There are currently 7 American women who have broken 54 in 2015-16, so we may see the top 8 swimmers at Olympic Trials all swim under 54 seconds.

Top 10 U.S. Performers of 2015-16 (Including Worlds and Nationals):

  1. Dana Vollmer, 53.59
  2. Missy Franklin, 53.68
  3. Katie Ledecky, 53.75
  4. Abbey Weitzeil, 53.77
  5. Simone Manuel, 53.80
  6. Natalie Coughlin, 53.85
  7. Margo Geer, 53.95
  8. Lia Neal, 54.01
  9. Amanda Weir, 54.24
  10. Allison Schmitt, 54.34

Top 10 U.S. Performers of 2015-16 (After Worlds and Nationals):

  1. Dana Vollmer, 53.59
  2. Katie Ledecky, 53.75
  3. Abbey Weitzeil, 53.77
  4. Simone Manuel, 53.80
  5. Lia Neal, 54.01
  6. Kelsi Worrell, 54.37
  7. Missy Franklin, 54.39
  8. Natalie Coughlin, 54.50
  9. Allison Schmitt, 54.56
  10. Amanda Weir, 54.59

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4 years ago

Wow. Thats exciting. SMASH, Vollmer!!!

4 years ago

Good stuff!

4 years ago

The 100 free final in Omaha is going to be epic!

bobo gigi
Reply to  Swammer
4 years ago

In what sense? In terms of suspense, yes I agree. It’s a nightmare to make predictions. We don’t even know who will swim that event until the final at trials and is seriously interested in swimming individually the race in Rio. But for the rest, it’s one of the weakest events on the women’s side with no medal contender. The top girls in the world swim well under 53. I think the women’s 50 free and the women’s 100 free are the only 2 events in the pool with no US medal chances at all right now. Things could change of course in a few weeks. That’s all I want! Best US medal contenders in my opinion MEN 50 free.… Read more »

Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

Epic in the sense that there are a number of contenders for the 4 x 100 FR-R…Vollmer, Ledecky, Weitzeil, Franklin, Coughlin, Manuel, Neal, Smoliga, Worrell, Kennedy, Geer, Schmitt, Weir, Vreeland.

tea rex
Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

I don’t want to put words in Slammer’s mouth, but I think s/he was just expressing enthusiasm for this race at trials, not making a quantitative case for it’s significance vis a vis other events.

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