2019 NCAA DIVISION III MEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Dates: Wednesday, March 20 – Saturday, March 23, 2019
- Swimming: prelims 10am, finals 6pm; Diving: 2pm
- Location: Greensboro Aquatic Center, Greensboro, North Carolina (Eastern Time Zone)
- Defending Champions: Denison (results)
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At last year’s NCAA championship, Kenyon’s David Fitch turned heads in his freshman debut, as he did flip turns on every wall of his 100 fly leg of the Lords’ 400 medley relay. Many of our readers were skeptical of this strategy, especially considering his split in the relay was almost a second slower than his previous best time, which was without the flip turns.
It appears, however, that the jury has reached a verdict. In the finals of the 100 fly at the 2019 NCAA DIII Championships, Fitch won the event en route to a new national record time of 46.92 – sporting flip turns at every wall along the way. That time is a 0.51 second drop from his prelims time of 47.43, as well as a 0.82 second drop from his previous best of 47.74 from Kenyon’s mid season invite, which was also with the flip-turns.
Note: In order for a butterfly/breaststroke flip turn to be legal, the swimmer must first touch the wall with two hands before initiating the flip.
Here’s a comparison of the splits from the previous and current records:
|Reed Dalton 3/17/2015||David Fitch 3/21/2019|
|FINAL TIME||46.97 Old Record||
46.92 *NEW RECORD*
Although he’s getting less oxygen off the walls without the breath from the open turn, Fitch managed to hit roughly 12.5 yards off of every wall; and he wasn’t even breathing every stroke when he was up. He’s a short and stocky guy – perhaps his size helps him get a shorter stroke into the wall, which is likely necessary to execute the turn fast. Either way, the strategy seems to be paying dividends for the sophomore.
Fitch finished 5th in the 50 free on night with a 20.08. He’s scheduled to swim the 100 back tomorrow, where he’s seeded second with a 47.89.