Finnerty Glad to Go Fast, Setting Record “An added bonus” (Video)


  • July 4th-9th, 2019
  • Napoli, Italy
  • LCM (50m)
  • Live Stream: Olympic Channel (in US), Rai Sport (in Italy)
  • Entry Lists & Live Results

Reported by Maclin Simpson. Video courtesy of Giusy Cisale.


  • World Record – 57.10, Adam Peaty (GBR), 2018
  • Meet Record – 59.51, Ian Finnerty (USA), 2019

A mere 24 hours after Ian Finnerty broke the World University Games meet record with a 59.51 in semifinals of the 100 breaststroke, the American shaved another two one-hundredths of a second off of his record with a 59.49, winning gold in the process. Looking at the comparative splits below, Finnerty took it out nearly 3 tenths of a second faster in finals to keep up with supercharged South African and University of Tennessee swimmer Michael Houlie. The 19 year-old, who ultimately faded to 5th in 59.92, took it out in a lightning fast 27.18. Russian Kirill Prigoda touched just behind Finnerty for 2nd in 59.50 and Japan’s Yuya Hinomoto rounded out the pounded for bronze in 59.72. Prigoda has a lifetime best of 59.05 set back in 2017 en route to a bronze medal at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

Finnerty is now the 13th American to eclipse the one-minute barrier in the 100 breaststroke and currently sits 13th in the world rankings this year, just ahead of Michael Andrew (59.52).


50m: 27.73 27.46
100m:  31.78 32.03
TIME:  59.51 59.49

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Ol' Longhorn
3 years ago

I wish Cody Miller would dedicate one of his Vlogs to Finnerty. Get his take on the SCY to LCM transition, how he’s good at a 200 SCY free and IM, and some of the rest. And even how it is to get along with guys who are going after the same spot as you for Tokyo (for that matter, could add in Apple and Blake).

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