Haley Black Drops Nearly Eight-Tenths To Set Canadian Record In 50 Fly


  • Tuesday, December 11th – Sunday, December 16th
  • Hangzhou, China
  • Tennis Centre, Hangzhou Olympic & International Expo Center
  • SCM (25m)
  • Prelims: 9:30 am local, 8:30 pm ET / Finals: 7:00 pm* local, 6:00* am ET
  • *The final night of finals will be one hour earlier, starting at 6:00 pm local and 5:00 am ET
  • Live Results (Omega)

Canadian Haley Black had a breakout swim in the preliminary heats of the women’s 50 fly on day 3 of the 2018 Short Course World Championships, setting a new National Record in a time of 25.43.

Black, who came into the meet with a lifetime best of 26.21, dropped almost eight-tenths of a second to set the record, as she takes down the 25.51 mark set by Katerine Savard at the 2016 World Championships where she finished 6th. Black went that 26.21 just over a month ago, and hadn’t broken 27 seconds prior to that.

Seeded just 29th coming into the meet, Black now advances into the semi-finals in a tie for 2nd overall with Melanie Henique of France, trailing only Ranomi Kromowidjojo (25.32) of the Netherlands.

Black also quietly had the 3rd fastest butterfly split in the field during the preliminaries of the women’s 4×50 medley relay on day 2, going 25.14 as the Canadians missed the final in 10th.

Unlike the 2016 Championships, which Canada hosted in Windsor, the Canadian team hasn’t sent any of their top tier swimmers to Hangzhou, only sending a select few who had made specific time standards at their Trials but missed qualifying for the Pan Pacs. The team is made up of just six swimmers.

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About James Sutherland

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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