After a long break away from the sport last year, 21-year-old Lewis Burras is back in the water, competing at a local meet in England this past weekend. Archive photo via Jack Spitser/Spitser Photography
Winchester Sport & Leisure Park, Winchester, Hampshire, England
Meet Mobile – Winchester Winter Sparkler
After a long break away from the sport last year, 21-year-old Lewis Burras is back in the water, competing at a local meet in England this past weekend.
The former University of South Carolina racer dove in at the Winchester Winter Sparkler meet, hosted by his home club of Winchester City in South East England. Burras is coached by former World Record holder Zoe Baker under whom he’s been working since becoming his comeback this past June.
Burras made his presence known in a big way, taking the top spot across the men’s 50m and 100m freestyle events.
In the former, Burras clocked a time of 21.79 to get under the 22-second threshold for the first time in his career.
Entering this meet he had been as quick as 22.15 from U.S. Nationals in 2019, so he managed to drop .36 from his former lifetime best to now check-in as the 2nd fastest British male swimmer ever in this event. Only record holder Ben Proud, who took the FINA Short Course World Championships title today in Abu Dhabi, has been quicker.
As far as the 100m free, Burras notched a mark of 48.61 to also top the podium handily and nearly hit lifetime best in this race as well. Splitting 23.28/25.33, Burras’ 48.61 result here in Winchester fell just .03 outside of the 48.58 he produced at the aforementioned U.S. Nationals.
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