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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If she was Russian or Chinese we would be accusing her of doping.


Probably true

Don’t they deserve to be under suspicion? There were several generations of Russian athletes that strongly believed that everybody around the world has been using doping. And if you don’t do it then you are an idiot and will lose no matter how talented you are. Also there was tough economic environment and the top athletes could either be rich should they win internationally or would be very poor otherwise. So they had basically nothing to lose if they take drugs. Same can be said about coaches in Russia. All these circumstances created the “one isn’t a thief if doesn’t get caught” culture. This culture doesn’t go away in one day. So the probability of violating doping rules by Russian… Read more »

If that’s a reference to that Ohio State swimmer she’s failed a drug test before in China… and Russia literally was exposed to have a state sponsored doping program.

Or rather before college when training in China

Might that have to do with their swimmers failing doping tests on the regular and us having foolproof evidence of state sponsored doping regimens?

Erika is an amazing talent, add an amazing coach and supportive teammates…. anything is possible.

I’m curious to see if she can convert that amazing SCY progression into long course next summer. And I’m simply curious to see if she can be a very good long course swimmer.

Of course She will…

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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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