Erika Brown Aims for American Record: GMM presented by

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Erika Brown‘s breakout performance at the 2018 SEC Championships turned a lot of heads. Erika swept her individual events in the 50 free (21.39), 100 free (47.17), and her new signature event 100 fly (49.85). Now she’s only the 2nd woman in history to break the 50 second barrier in the 100 fly. Moreover, Brown split 49.11 100 fly on the medley relay, the fastest split in history. Brown’s 49.11 surpasses Kelsi Worrell‘s 2016 mark of 49.25.

Coach Matt Kredich of TN Volunteers )Photo By Craig Bisacre/Tennessee Athletics)

Brown, who swam a 55 point 100 fly last year, credits her University of Tennessee teammates and coach Matt Kredich for her dramatic success this season.

Brown’s star is rising fast. Can she keep it rolling at the 2018 NCAA DI Championships?  Can Brown break the American Record, 49.43?   I think she wins NCAAs with about the same time as her SEC effort, 49.8, but I see her breaking the AR next year. What do you think? 

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Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
2 years ago

Erika “Downtown Smash Mouth” Brown for the trifecta? 20.9/49.3/46.4 with this gal anything is possible.

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Reply to  Bupwa
2 years ago

While I agree with her sudden rise we don’t know her limits -if she has them- but she won’t be able to complete the trifecta with a 46.4. Simone, Weitzeil, and Comerford have all been faster and are looking good this year. I also think Simone, Weitzeil, and maybe Li will challenge the 20.0 barrier along with Erika. But regardless of what I think, Erika Brown is going to have a stellar NCs and probably blow our minds a little more.

Reply to  Double Arm Freestyle
2 years ago

Challenge the 20.0 barrier?!?!?!,!,

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Reply to  Maverick
2 years ago

A female flat start 19 would be absolutely unreal
That was supposed to say 21.0

Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
2 years ago

Nah, Mel, If anybody reading this doesn’t know the Great Mel Stewart is a Tennessee alum, they need to go study their US Swimming history! 😉

2 years ago

Can she challenge Manuel and Weitzeil in the 50? I think she has a shot if one of them are a little off to get second. She should be first in 100 fly I can see 49 low or 48 high. 100 free will also be fun to see she could also challenge them if she goes 46 mid.

Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
2 years ago

She’s improved so much so it may not be as hard for her to drop even more at NCAAs.

2 years ago

You have to give a lot of credit to her coaches. They changed her mindset regarding her role as a teammate, and convinced her that she could be a Top Swimmer.

Erika has catapulted to the top of NCAA swimming with her fast swims. She gets another chance to break the records at NCAAs.

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MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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