Hopkin Posts Fastest 50 FR Split Ever in 20.2, Brown Ties SEC Meet Record

2020 SEC SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Update: in spite of Hopkin recording a -.05 reaction time, meet officials declared an equipment malfunction when video review showed it clearly that Arkansas’ leadoff leg Kobie Melton touched the pad while Hopkin’s toe was still on the block. It is within the bounds of NCAA rules to overturn the touchpads when officials can confirm a clear equipment malfunction. The video was reviewed by equipment manufacturer Omega, the meet referee, and an SEC admin. A video appears as though the leadoff leg, Kobie Melton, almost took an extra stroke, but on a bit of a weird finish probably registered a soft touch. So, the swim was legal, but that means that the split was probably not quite as fast as 20.27. It was still probably the fastest, or very close to the fastest, swim, as the error in the touchpad didn’t appear to be .18 seconds.

Arkansas’ Anna Hopkin made history on Wednesday night at the 2020 SEC Championships. On the 2nd leg of Arkansas’ 200 free relay, Hopkin raced to a 20.27 split. That’s the fastest 50 free relay split in history, ahead of the former mark by nearly 2 tenths. Before tonight, Simone Manuel and Abbey Weitzeil had shared the fastest ever in 20.45.

Tennessee’s Erika Brown also had a notable swim. She led off for the Vols in 21.15, tying her own SEC Meet Record from last season. The Volunteers wound up taking silver in the final. Arkansas placed 4th.

Coming into this meet, Brown and Hopkin were tied as the fastest in the SEC with a 21.19. Brown then matched that season-leading time with her prelims swim to take the top seed for tonight’s final. Hopkin is the 2nd seed there, and the women will go head-to-head for the title. Brown currently owns back-to-back titles in the event.

Arkansas entered the meet with an NCAA “A” cut already thanks to a 1:28.39 mid-season, and improved that on Thursday to a 1:27.93 and a 4th-place finish.

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TheRealSam
1 year ago

Jesus Christ we might actually see a 19 split soon

Jesus Christ
Reply to  TheRealSam
1 year ago

I dunno man. I’m not even rested.

Dee
1 year ago

I don’t know much about yards swimming, but I know you need to be FAST to be faster than Weitzeil and Manuel by that much. Incredible swim.

Andrew
Reply to  Dee
1 year ago

You’re missing out. Yard swimming is awesome!

Togger
Reply to  Andrew
1 year ago

In the UK, there’s no way to learn about yards swimming (unless you swim for York, who have a 50 yard pool. Old school) other than watching it.

When I first set foot in a yards practice my turns were awful, I was worried 3 and bit metres of missing pool would cost me my scholarship!

Lane 8
1 year ago

That’s faster than the Bama freestyler who missed the wall…

Tomek
1 year ago

meet results show reaction time for Hopkins as -0.05?

Troy
Reply to  Tomek
1 year ago

plus or minus .1 is safe. so her split is good

Paul Windrath
Reply to  Troy
1 year ago

It used to be .03, when did it change?

Admin
Reply to  Paul Windrath
1 year ago

It depends on the equipment manufacturer. There is no actual specific time standard listed in the rulebook, it’s based on the manufacturer’s starting point.

Tomek
Reply to  Troy
1 year ago

c. If the electronic relay takeoff equipment detects an exchange differential
(takeoff pad time minus finish pad time) of –0.09 through +0.09 second
inclusive from the manufacturer’s starting point, the decision(s) of the
human judge(s) shall not be considered. The determination of the electronic
relay takeoff equipment shall be official, with exchange differential of –0.09
through –0.01 second from the manufacturer’s starting point indicating
a rules violation and values of 0.00 through +0.09 second indicating a
legitimate relay exchange.
d. If the electronic relay takeoff equipment records an exchange differential
outside of the range –0.09 through +0.09 second from the manufacturer’s
starting point, a disqualification shall occur if there is… Read more »

Taa
1 year ago

I’m wondering if its a legit split. The leadoff girl was 22.63 at midseason meet but only 23.03 tonight? someone should hand itme it or look at the changeover

Admin
Reply to  Taa
1 year ago

If we can find video, we will definitely hand time.

The split *makes sense* for Hopkin. But, you make a good point on the leadoff.

Admin
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

We have been told that video review by officials confirmed Hopkin’s start was legal. More details have been added above.

DrSwimPhil
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

-.05 is usually seen by the naked eye, which means this is definitely a touch-pad deal on the leadoff swimmer’s finish. I know you have that in the write-up, but I’m willing to bet it was more significant than just .18 of a difference.

toastedcoconut
Reply to  Taa
1 year ago

Yeah seems a bit sus. Although if it is legit she should theoretically be 20.xx easily in the individual so we’ll see

DrSwimPhil
Reply to  Taa
1 year ago

Leadoff’s 25 splits were 10.96/12.07. Given most were coming home roughly 11.5s on average, yeah, something is up with the touch (which probably also explains why the -.05 was allowed).

toastedcoconut
1 year ago

So if this is true, how did she only split 20.82 yesterday? How does one drop 0.6 seconds in a 50 free in one day?? Doesn’t add up to me, and it seems to be jumping the gun to be reporting this with no video evidence to back it up.

dewey
Reply to  toastedcoconut
1 year ago

I did that many times when I was going for my 50 free trials cut and swimming a bunch of time trials and 50 splits in longer races in addition to the actual 50 free race. Having a better dive, a better timed breakout, faster tempo changed my times wildly. At the meet where I qualified and went 26.1 I went a 26.8 the day prior.

spectatorn
Reply to  toastedcoconut
1 year ago

reaction time was 0.28s yesterday, -0.05s today. That took out 0.33s from the split difference (0.55s). Her difference in swimming time is 0.22s, which seems “acceptable” variation between two swims.

toastedcoconut
Reply to  spectatorn
1 year ago

Aaaaaaand she follows it up with a 21.4 flat start. I’m not convinced in the slightest.

swimboi
Reply to  toastedcoconut
1 year ago

hard to compare. the 20.2 was a relay split, her first swim of the night, and much less pressure on the second leg of an underdog relay that’s trying to just move up, compared to the second swim of the night where she now has to follow up the 20.2 and is competing for an individual title where nerves set in a bit more. i am somewhat skeptical until there’s video but it’s not uncommon to significantly outperform yourself on a relay

Gator
1 year ago

Even if you figure in an early takeoff, it’s still easily the fastest ever in the history of the World

Gator
1 year ago

*depending on the previous record reaction times

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