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Katie Meili has broken the American Record in the 100 short course meters breaststroke, even though she’s not the fastest American ever in the event.
Meili swam a 1:02.92 to win the race on Tuesday, the first day of the Berlin stop of the 2016 FINA World Cup series.
The swim broke her own American Reocrd of 1:03.20, done at the 2015 Duel in the Pool in Indianapolis.
The swim ties as the 11th-fastest performance (and 4th-fastest performer) in history – but slipped by as an American Record due to a nuanced wrinkle in the rules.
Meili’s swim, while an American Record, is not the fastest 100 SCM breaststroke by an American woman.
That honor belongs to Rebecca Soni, who at the 2009 Duel in the Pool broke the World Record with a 1:02.70.
Any time anything happens in 2009, red flags go up everywhere because it was in the midst of the infamous polyurethane suit era that saw almost every World Record broken multiple times. Because Soni’s swim was done at the end of 2009, she fell into a gray area. FINA was still allowing those polyurethane suits to be used, so her swim was eligible for the World Record, but USA Swimming had already outlawed them, so American Records could not be broken while wearing them.
That’s how one arrives at Meili’s swim being an American Record, but not the fastest done by an American in legal competition.
The 5 fastest performers in history:
- Ruta Meilutyte (1:02.36) – TIE
- Alia Atkinson (1:02.36) – TIE
- Rebecca Soni – 1:02.70
- Katie Meili – 1:02.92
- Yulia Efimova – 1:02.96
Meili won a bronze medal in the long course version of this event at the Olympic Games less than a month ago.