David Fitch Undercuts NCAA D3 Record in *Unofficial* Time Trial

Kenyon Corona Meet

  • March 13th-14th, 2020
  • James A. Steen Aquatic Center, Gambier, Ohio
  • SCY (25y) format
  • Results on Meet Mobile – “Kenyon NCAA Invite – Corona 2020”

While the time may never enter the official USA Swimming or NCAA results database, Kenyon junior David Fitch gave a taste of what could have been on Friday.

Swimming at Kenyon’s intrasquad time trial being held this weekend to give their NCAA Championship qualifiers some closure on a canceled season, Fitch posted a 46.83 in the 100 yard fly. That’s a lifetime best for him and undercuts his NCAA Division III record of 46.92 done at last year’s NCAA Championship meet.

For Fitch, who last year won national titles in both the 100 fly and 100 back, the swim won’t officially be an NCAA record. Kenyon has, however, said that they will recognize swims from this weekend as both pool and school records, meaning that the Kenyon school record will be faster than the official NCAA D3 record. Earlier in the day, Fitch swam a 19.75 in the 50 free on a relay leadoff that broke a Steen Aquatic Center record.

Fitch, who comes from the Bluefish Swim Club in New England, came out of high school with a lifetime best of 48.77 in the 100 fly. As a freshman he improved that to 48.34 before really breaking through as a sophomore to set the D3 record.

Last year, Fitch was named the Division III Swimmer of the Year by the CSCAA.

Comparative Splits:

50m 100m Final Time
Old Record 21.74 25.18 46.92
New Record 21.73 25.1 46.83


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Coach John
1 year ago

as crazy as the world is right now, this was just the article I needed to read! Great swim!

1 year ago

AWESOME that Kenyon is doing this. I hope to see this trend happen elsewhere, and it would be truly amazing if somehow the record could be ratified

Reply to  THEO
1 year ago

It would partially depend if there were officials present. If I remember correctly his fly turns are flip turns so hopefully it was “legal”

Reply to  Poolboy
1 year ago

Why “legal”? He’s done that turn in competition before & never been disqualified. Honestly, given his propensity for underwaters, I’d expect any DQ on him to be a past 15m violation.

Mr. F
Reply to  THEO
1 year ago

There are officials, however it is an unofficial meet because you have to swim against at least one other team of the same gender for your times to be official.

Reply to  Mr. F
1 year ago

In order for a meet to count as bona fide competition you need to race another team. In order for those times to count you need someone officiating. Neither piece of the puzzle is in place here, hence the unofficial.

ohio swimmer
Reply to  THEO
1 year ago

many age group teams are doing it

1 year ago

Did he do flip turns this time?

Reply to  SprintDude9000
1 year ago

Does a pool have water?

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