With arguably the most important U.S. Nationals of the Olympic cycle coming up, there’s no better time for a swimmer to start heating up. Hali Flickinger is doing just that.
Last week’s Sette Colli Trophy was a shockingly fast meet that even included a world record. But our Swim of the Week seemed to inspire even more awe and discussion than that: Ben Proud’s 21.16 in the 50 free.
Most of us who swam competitively can remember dropping two seconds in one fell swoop. For most of us, it happened as an age grouper, maybe in junior high as we hit a growthspurt or in an event we hadn’t swum in years.
Last weekend’s Mare Nostrum stop in Monaco was chock full of outstanding swims. But it’s the rising queen of in-season swimming Rikako Ikee who rose to the top.
Last week, Seliskar went 1:49.23 in prelims and 1:48.35 in finals of the 200 free at the Santa Clara Pro Swim Series, beating a field that included three-fourths of Team USA’s bronze-medal 4×200 free relay from the 2017 World Championships.
Last weekend, Ryan Lochte put up the #2 time in the nation at age 33, putting himself in-line to become the first 30+ man to rank inside the top 50 nationally in the event since 1999. Even the great Michael Phelps dropped the event at age 27.
Ryan Murphy is undefeated in 200 backstrokes this season after beating Ryosuke Irie and Jacob Pebley at the Grand Challenge in Irvine.
When Ledecky broke the world record in the 1500 free last week, she ended what was the longest world record drought of her career by almost 300 days.