Erica Sullivan Swims 9:33.66 1000 Free, Top Time In The NCAA


On Saturday, at the dual meet between Texas and NC State, Erica Sullivan posted a 9:33.66 in the 1000 free to win her heat by nearly ten seconds. This time overtakes Kensey McMahon‘s 9:34.36 to become the top time in the NCAA.

The time that Sullivan put up Saturday was her second nation-leading time, as on Friday, she swam a 4:35.88 500 free to lead the NCAA by over two seconds.

Top Performers, 2022-23 Season, Women’s 1000 Free:

  1. Erica Sullivan, Texas — 9:33.66
  2. Kensey McMahon, Alabama — 9:34.36
  3. Kristen Stege, Tennessee — 9:37.62
  4. Maya Geringer, Ohio State — 9:38.23
  5. Abby McCulloh, Georgia — 9:38.23

While Sullivan’s times leads the NCAA, they are far from what she’s capable of going. Her personal bests of 4:34.07 in the 500 free, 9:17.32 in 1000 free, and 15:23.81 in the 1650 free still remain from from her Sandpipers days, and she hasn’t neared them in college just yet.

However, Sullivan’s times from this season do point towards an improvement from freshman year, as her 500 free season-best is faster than the 4:35.92 she swam to finish third at NCAAs last year. In addition, she also swam a 1:46.33 200 free at the Minnesota Invite, which is her fastest time since high school. With the 500 and 1650 free both being wide-open this season, she can still be well off her bests from her Sandpipers era times and win NCAA titles—for example, last year’s winning time of 15:40.84 in the 1650 free is 17 seconds slower than her PB.

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1 month ago

D1 needs to go to the D2 format for NCAA champs. 4.5 days (800FR on the first night), and include the 1000Fr. 7 total swims (no more than 4 individual). It’s the fairest way to do that meet.

1 month ago

technically none of her best times across the 500/1000/1650 were from high school (april 2021, dec 2018 and dec 2019 respectively but she graduated June 2018)

Sherry Smit
1 month ago

Who’s gonna win the 1650? McMahon, Sullivan, Mckenna??

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1 month ago

Sullivan – if you know her you know.

1 month ago

Thinking she’s recovered enough to train after years of shoulder issues?

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