Justin Ress Realizing Swimming Doesn’t Have to be “We only swim fast twice a year”


Reported by Robert Gibbs.


  • World Record – 51.60, Thomas Ceccon (2022)
  • American Record – 51.85, Ryan Murphy (2016)
  • U.S. Open Record – 51.94, Aaron Peirsol (2009)
  • LC Nationals Record – 51.94, Aaron Peirsol (2009)
  • World Junior Record – 52.53, Kliment Kolesnikov (2018)

Top 3:

  1. Justin Ress (Mission Viejo) – 53.55
  2. Adam Chaney (Mason Manta Rays) – 53.68
  3. Jack Aikins (SwimAtlanta) – 53.75

This promised to be a close race, and sure enough, the top three finishers all touched within 0.20s of each other.

Worlds 50 back champion Justin Ress touched first at the 50, flipping in 25.75, and he hung on to win in 53.55. In the post-race interview, Ress mentioned that he hadn’t had the “easiest month” since Worlds, including a bout of Covid.

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cynthia curran
9 months ago

The funny symbol on his cap is the O’Neil ranch branding symbol the sold the land to the Mission Viejo Company.

9 months ago

I just left a coach who believes you only get one good taper a year, maybe only one every four years. It’s such an unnecessarily negative idea to put into a swimmer’s head that if you’ve already used up your fast swim for this year…that’s it.

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Reply to  dewey
9 months ago

It’s definitely a very fixed mindset with no real evidence to support it

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