The crowd went wild at the Counsilman Aquatic Center in Bloomington, Indiana on Friday when US National Team members Zach Apple and Blake Pieroni turned in under 50 seconds after the first 100 meters of a 200 meter freestyle.
The splits, which had Pieroni flip in 49.8 and Apple flip in 49.9.
The Indiana Instagram account, which was the motivator of the swim after a challenge put out to surpass 18,000 followers (they’re now north of 21,000), posted the first half of the swim, where the pair split the promised sub-50s.
But that’s not what you’re here for. 49.8 and 49.9 are solid early-season 100 freestyles for the pair, but the fun comes on the back-half. Apple (closest to camera, lane 6) held on a little better than Pieroni (furthest from camera, lane 5), but both looked pretty worked – and were passed by the rest of the field in the exhibition race (Joao de Lucca is at the top of the screen, Marwan El Kamash is at the bottom of the screen).
Watch the whole race from a deck-side vantage below.