Erika Brown Becomes 2nd-Fastest 100 Yard Freestyler in History (RACE VIDEO)

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 13

November 23rd, 2019 College, News, SEC


  • November 21st-24th, 2019
  • Alan Jones Aquatic Center, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • SCY, Prelims/Finals
  • Meet Details
  • Psych Sheets
  • Live Results
  • Results on MeetMobile: 2019 UT Invite

Erika Brown continued a hot meet this weekend at the Tennessee Invitational with a new lifetime best swim of 46.15 in the women’s 100 free final. Not only did that win the race by more than a second-and-a-half, it now ranks her as the 2nd-best performer in the history of the event.

Brown’s previous best time, done at last year’s SEC Championship meet, was a 46.41 that had her ranked 5th all-time. With her swim on Saturday evening, she leapfrogged a trio of titans in the sport: Olympic gold medalist and 14-time World Champion Olivia Smoliga, American Record holder in the 50 yard free Abbey Weitzeil, and former American Record holder in the 100 free in long course Mallory Comerford.

Brown’s old personal best remains the SEC Championship Record, though by jumping Smoliga, she breaks the overall SEC conference record in the event.

Comparative Splits:

1st 50 2nd 50 Total Time
Erika Brown Old PB 22.34 24.07 46.41
Erika Brown New PB 22.25 23.90 46.15

Brown’s improvement from her previous best time last season was due to drops in both the front-half and back-half of her race. Also on Saturday, she split 45.92 on a Tennessee free relay this weekend

Top Performances All-Time, Women’s 100 Yard Freestyle:

  1. Simone Manuel, 45.56 (2017 NCAA Championships)
  2. Simone Manuel, 45.65 (2018 NCAA Championships)
  3. Simone Manuel, 46.02 (2017 NCAA Championships)
  4. Simone Manuel, 46.09 (2015 NCAA Championships)
  5. Erika Brown, 46.15 (2019 Tennessee Invite)
  6. Mallory Comerford, 46.20 (2018 NCAA Championships)
  7. Mallory Comerford, 46.26 (2019 NCAA Championships)
  8. Abbey Weitzeil, 46.29 (2014 Speedo Winter Junior Championships)
  9. (TIE) Olivia Smoliga/Simone Manuel, 46.30 (2017 NCAA Championships)

Top Performers All-Time, Women’s 100 Yard Freestyle:

  1. Simone Manuel – 45.56
  2. Erika Brown – 46.15
  3. Mallory Comerford – 46.20
  4. Abbey Weitzeil – 46.29
  5. Olivia Smoliga – 46.30
  6. Anna Hopkin – 46.56 (also swum this weekend)
  7. Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace – 46.61
  8. Siobhan Haughey – 46.64
  9. Missy Franklin – 46.66
  10. Lia Neal – 46.76



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1 year ago

Weitzeil’s PB is from 2014! hope she can finally beat it this year

1 year ago

Yep! I’m guessing she would have last NCAA’s if she hasn’t dislocated her elbow the evening before the 100 free. She went best times in the 50 and 200 yd free last year.

1 year ago

Stud! Gonna be a battle between her and Walsh for that last 4×100 free relay spot in Tokyo!

Reply to  VFL
1 year ago

Don’t forget Geer

Reply to  Heyitsme
1 year ago

Yeah those are my 6 to make the team for that relay. Hoping to see Brown at finals, but Walsh is exciting too. Would love to see Brown sneak on the 4 x 2 as well. Does Small have a shot at 200 IM?

Look at the world record line
1 year ago

She is shaved and tapered?

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