Eric Friese Ties Joseph Schooling’s Record for Fastest 50 Fly Split of 19.36

2022 NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships

Men 200 Yard Medley Relay

  • NCAA: 1:21.54 – 3/24/2017 Texas (J Shebat, W Licon, J Schooling, B Ringgold)
  • Meet: 1:21.54 – 3/24/2017 Texas (J Shebat, W Licon, J Schooling, B Ringgold=
  • American: 1:21.88 – 3/23/2018 California (D Carr, C Hoppe, J Lynch, R Hoffer)
  • S. Open: 1:21.54 3/24/2017 Texas (J Shebat, W Licon, J Schooling, B Ringgold)
  • Pool: P 1:21.84 2/17/2022 Louisville (M Whyte, E Somov, D Lowe, A Elaraby)

Florida junior Eric Friese popped a 19.36 50 fly on the Gators’ record-setting 200 medley relay to tie Texas’ Joseph Schooling‘s for the fastest split ever recorded.

It was a very fast 200 medley relay altogether, with the top 12 teams all finishing in sub-1:23s. The four fastest, Florida, Texas, Cal, and NC State, all broke 1:22.

Friese moved up from 7th on the all-time list and now shares the top rank of 50 fly splits with Schooling with 19.36. Stanford’s Andrei Minakov improved his fastest 50 fly split from 19.49 to 19.42. Nyls Korstanje of NC State added his name to the all-time top-10 list with his 19.55.

All told, eleven butterflyers broke the 20-second mark in tonight’s relays:

  1. Eric Friese, Florida – 19.36
  2. Andrei Minakov, Stanford – 19.42
  3. Nyls Korstanje, NC State – 19.55
  4. Gal Cohen Groumi, Michigan – 19.77
  5. Wesley Ng, Georgia – 19.79
  6. Umit Gures, Harvard – 19.81
  7. Cody Bybee, Arizona State – 19.83
  8. Dalton Lowe, Louisville – 19.85
  9. Tomer Frankel, Indiana – 19.88
  10. Tyler Sesvold, Alabama – 19.92
  11. Matt King, Virginia – 19.94

Top-10 All-time 50 Fly Splits

  1. Joseph Schooling / Eric Friese – 19.36
  2. Andrei Minakov – 19.42
  3. Dalton Lowe – 19.50
  4. Blaise Vera – 19.52
  5. Nyls Korstanje – 19.55
  6. Luca Urlando – 19.57
  7. Dylan Carter/ Cody Bybee – 19.60
  8. Matt Targett/ Chris Brady – 19.66

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96Swim
8 months ago

Look at the wingspan in that photo. Shades of Michael Gross.

Wanna Sprite?
8 months ago

After he went out like 19.7 in fly split of the 4medley relay at SECs and then died, I had a feeling he had this in him

Swimmer
8 months ago

To be fair Schooling had a drag suit on.

Swimmer1
Reply to  Swimmer
8 months ago

He went faster in practice

Marcotops
8 months ago

Don’t forget Blaise Vera’s 19.52

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