Erika Brown Posts Fastest 100 Fly Split Ever At 49.11


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Tennessee sophomore Erika Brown continued her incredible showing at the SEC Championships on Saturday night, recording the fastest 100 fly split in history as the Vols won the 400 medley relay in 3:29.26.

With a quick reaction of 0.03, Brown was out incredibly fast in 22.80 and held strong coming home, recording a split of 49.11. She moved Tennessee up from 3rd to 1st heading into the free, and Stanzi Moseley was able to hold off Texas A&M’s Claire Rasmus on the anchor leg for the win.

Brown’s split surpasses Kelsi Worrell‘s 2016 mark of 49.25, which was previously the fastest in history. Prior to that swim, done at the 2016 NCAA Championships, Worrell split 49.56 in 2015.

On day 2 of the meet Brown joined Worrell in the sub-50 second club in the 100 fly, becoming the 2nd fastest swimmer in history at 49.85. Brown’s rise this season has been stunning, as her best time entering this season was a mere 55.12.

She’ll look to finish off her amazing meet tomorrow in the 100 free, where she’s seeded 1st at 47.54. She already has won SEC titles in the 50 free, 100 fly, 200 medley relay, 200 free relay, and now the 400 medley relay.

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Jon Nap
4 years ago

OK, wow that’s quick. Congrats to Erika! I’m sure she’s excited her hard work is paying off. This thread should definitely have more attention.

Reply to  Jon Nap
4 years ago

Agreed; she is becoming a serious title contender in multiple events for NCAAs, and if she can transfer this speed into longcourse…

Reply to  swimmerj
4 years ago

Does anyone know what kind of swimmer she is? Is she reliant on superior underwater kicking or is she as strong on top of the water as she is off the walls? I can’t wait to see her swim at NCAAs.

4 years ago

Her progression is astounding. How in the world did she do it????

Das Swimmer
Reply to  Aquajosh
4 years ago

I heard it was a mix of USRPT with a bit of Salo type training. I know USRPT purists will say you can’t mix it with anything but there has to be room for drop dead sprints imo.

Reply to  Das Swimmer
4 years ago

There was no USRPT built into her training. Nice try.

Tammy Touchpad Error
Reply to  Das Swimmer
4 years ago

People down voting cause they don’t like MA… USRPT is a completely valid form or training. Don’t have to be chugging cool aid to figure out that chasing race pace places a taste of the grace you’ll face in the race.

Reply to  Tammy Touchpad Error
4 years ago

Training at race pace is not new. Everyone does it. One big difference is that USRPT training is all at race pace with nothing else.

Most people realize the positive effects of race pace training but USRPT is all or nothing, and I believe that it why so many people have issues with it.

There is a reason why college programs aren’t 100% all in for training USRPT. They realize that in addition to race pace training, there are many other forms of training that assist in fast swimming.

Everyone always asks the question if USRPT is right for you or another swimmer. I wonder how Michael Andrew would do training with a college team, racing other… Read more »

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Aquajosh
4 years ago

anothr year or 2 liek this and shes gonna be faster than dressel.

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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