Josh Liendo Crushes Canadian 100 Fly Record With 50.88 – #2 Worldwide This Year

by Ben Dornan 15

April 06th, 2022 Canada, International, News, Records

2022 CANADIAN SWIMMING TRIALS

Josh Liendo swam a nation-title-winning and national-record-breaking 100 butterfly on the second night of Canadian Trials, hitting a 50.88 to in the event. That swim for Liendo is more than half a second off his own Canadian record of 50.44 from the Canadian Olympic Trials in 2021.

Liendo opened with a 23.63 here compared to the 24.01 he started with for his previous record and closed in a 27.25 compared to 27.39.

His time in the final was also more than half a second faster than what he swam in the prelims of the event; a 51.58. Liendo is now the second-fastest man in this event for the 2021-2022 season behind Japan’s Naoki Mizunuma. Liendo surpassed Shaine Casas who recently swam a 51.08 at the Pro Swim in San Antonio.

2021-2022 LCM Men 100 Fly

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Milak
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Casas
USA50.4007/28
4Naoki
Mizunuma
JPN50.8106/24
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Andrew
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Liendo raced this event at the Tokyo Games and placed 9th overall in the prelims with a 51.52. He followed that up with a 51.50 in the semi-final, which was the 12th-fastest time. Liendo’s new national record of 50.88 not only would have gotten him into the final in Tokyo but would have been good enough to tie Andrei Minakov’s 4th place finish overall.

His swim here is well under the FINA A cut of 51.96, meaning that Liendo has likely secured a spot on the World Championships team for Canada this summer. Finlay Know, who broke the 200 IM national record last night, was also under the FINA A here in a 51.86. Bronze medalist Keir Ogilvie of UBC swam a 53.49.

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SwimmerFan99
4 months ago

What amazes me is that nearly every article about Liendo (even going back three years to when he was throwing down 52.1 100FL, 22.6 50FR, 49.7 100FR, etc. at 16, 54.7 100FL at 14… could go on and on) almost never notes his age, which has always been immensely significant factor, even now.

For instance, he just swum this 50.88 100FL at age 19. For reference, at the same age Dressel’s best was a 52.22 (the current WR holder in this event and fastest human mover-through-water in Earth’s history, mind you). Might be worthy of note.

Last edited 4 months ago by SwimmerFan99
PFA
Reply to  SwimmerFan99
4 months ago

He might go a 47 in the 100 free

SwimmerFan99
Reply to  PFA
4 months ago

Yeah it’d be pretty crazy to doubt this being a possibility. He went a 48.13 at 18, and just took .52 off his 100FL from the same meet as that PB so… let’s watch out

Gen D
Reply to  SwimmerFan99
4 months ago

and we went 47.5 rolling start in Tokyo

Swimfan
Reply to  SwimmerFan99
4 months ago

Milak swam 50.6 at age 17, so……

And btw Popovici swam 47.3 at age 16 in the 100 free.

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Pvdh
Reply to  SwimmerFan99
4 months ago

Dressel had a very odd progression in the 100 fly and dropped from 52.2 to 49.8 in within 3 months in his PB. You probably shouldn’t expect that sort of drop from anyone.

NJones
4 months ago

Wow….
Marcel Gery and Mike Mintenko would be so proud!

PFA
4 months ago

This breakout performance is insane seems like there’s a lot of room for improvement. Which makes me believe that he could potentially go under 50 not now but within the next 2 years maybe.

Steve Nolan
Reply to  PFA
4 months ago

A 51.5 to a 50.8 is a smaller drop than he’d need to get under 50 from here.

Crazier things have happened but dunno if I’d be projecting it ever, let alone in the next two years.

SwimmerFan99
Reply to  Steve Nolan
4 months ago

Minor note, his previous best was a 51.40. So he did a .52 drop today, with WC to come. He’s currently operating at a rate of dropping .76 per year (quite consistently for the past 5 years, and is still only 19). Lots of development to come!

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PFA
Reply to  Steve Nolan
4 months ago

Fair enough but let me ask this. Was Dressel’s drop in the 100 fly predictable going from 52.2 –> 50.87 at nattys —> 49.86 at worlds? And I mean this from a stand point of dressel’s potential back in 17 after he dropped the 50.8 at least when everyone was trying to figure out how fast could he go at world. Just curious on thoughts for this. Also for all I know Liendo could end up just going a 51 or something like that at worlds.

Steve Nolan
Reply to  PFA
4 months ago

No, but generally people go overboard in projecting how fast people’ll go.

You brought up Dressel, but why not also bring up Joe Schooling? 50.39 at 21. Just using single people as examples doesn’t work that well.

PFA
Reply to  Steve Nolan
4 months ago

I do agree with this everyone’s development is different. Joe Schooling, Milak, and why not also Minakov. With this though the only reason I mention what I stated above is that Liendo is young. Only 19 and now faster than dressel was at that age nearly 1.5 seconds faster and before you mention Milak and Minakov, Liendo has a faster rate of improvement than these 2 both had at least so far. Averaging around .7 per season That’s why there’s a lot of potential with Liendo to go a lot faster.

Swimfan
Reply to  PFA
4 months ago

Keep dreaming amigo.

My boy Dressel is about to drop 48.8 come Paris. See you in 2 years.

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Pvdh
Reply to  PFA
4 months ago

Everyone improves every season….until they don’t. Even a talent like Minakov stalled.