Erika Brown Throws Down 21.19 to Match Hopkin in All-Time Top 10 List

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 5

November 22nd, 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

Tennessee senior Erika Brown swam a 21.19 in the 50 free on Thursday evening at the Tennessee Invitational, which ties her as the 7th-fastest performance in history.

The swim matches the time done a night earlier by Arkansas’ Anna Hopkin as the fastest time of the 2019-2020 season. Brown’s best time, a 21.15 that she swam at last year’s SEC Championship, is the 3rd-fastest performance in history, and ranks her as the 2nd-best performer in history.

All-Time Top 10 Performances, 50 Yard Free

  1. Abbey Weitzeil, Cal, 2019 NCAA Championships – 21.02
  2. Abbey Weitzeil, Canyons Aquatic Club, 2016 American Short Course Championships – 21.12
  3. Erika Brown, Tennessee, 2019 SEC Championships – 21.15
  4. Abbey Weitzeil, Cal, 2019 Pac-12 Championships – 21.16
  5. Simone Manuel, Stanford, 2017 NCAA Championships – 21.17
  6. Simone Manuel, Stanford, 2018 NCAA Championships – 21.18
  7. (TIE) Erika Brown, Tennessee, 2019 Tennessee Invitational/Anna Hopkin, Arkansas, 2019 Missouri Invitational – 21.19
  8. Simone Manuel, Stanford, 2018 Pac-12 Championships – 21.20
  9. Olivia Smoliga, Georgia, 2016 NCAA Championships – 21.21

Coming out of high school, Brown’s best time in the 50 free was a 22.84. By comparison, the other Americans on this list were all substantially faster when they arrived in college. Smoliga’s best time pre-college was a 21.99, Weitzeil’s was the former American Record of 21.12, and Manuel’s was 21.70.

Brown also swam a 1:57.61 in the 200 IM in prelims on Thursday before scratching the final. She’s also scheduled to race the 100 fly, 100 back, 100 free, and 200 free this weekend; she’s the national-leader coming into the weekend in the 100 fly and 100 free as well.

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3 years ago

The title is a bit misleading… Brown’s time matches Hopkin’s in performances this year, but Brown’s lifetime best is a 21.15, which is the third fastest performance in history.

3 years ago

Cool History on Erika Brown. Youtube videos on the internetz say Hopkin didn’t swim full-time until her British undergrad years. If the rise of these 2 continues to hold, we could be looking at some surprises in the Olympic final! But first, they will have to take care of each other @SECs and NCAAs

PK Doesn't Like His Long Name
3 years ago

Wasn’t she faster leading off the 200 free relay?

Reply to  PK Doesn't Like His Long Name
3 years ago

She went a 21.10 on the second leg

Reply to  PK Doesn't Like His Long Name
3 years ago

She didn’t lead it off; she was second.

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