Maddy Banic Pops 22.7 50 Yard Fly in Practice Just Before Start of US Trials

We’ve seen this story before.

Former Tennessee Volunteer, and current Tennessee post-grad, Maddy Banic busts out a fast practice swim, and then follows it with a breakthrough at a meet that counts.

Tennessee assistant coach Josh Huger this week posted a video of 24-year old pro swimmer Banic swimming a 22.7 flat-start 50 yard fly swim. While we don’t often see 50 yard butterflies on a flat-start, the best comparison comes from Banic’s senior NCAA Championship meet in 2019.

There, she split 22.58 with a .10 reaction time. Relay starts are usually worth at least half-a-second, which would put her 22.7 flat start at least around a 22.2 on a rolling-start equivalent. That’s three-tenths faster than she’s ever been on a rolling start.

What does this all mean for Banic? We won’t know for sure until next week. The swim was done in a 25 yard pool, as compared to the 50 meter pool that she’ll have to swim in next week as she attempts to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Team. It was also only a 50, which is not an Olympic event, versus the 100 that she’ll swim next week.

This swim had underwaters make up about 65% of the race, whereas next week, they’ll only make up about 30% of the race.

But Banic has some credibility of turning breakout practice swims into breakout competition swims. Last September, she swam a 50.6 in the 100 yard fly in practice, which was a best time for her. That led Energy Standard to sign her at the last minute for the International Swimming League season, which led to her being one of the true breakout performers of the ISL that saw her finish the regular season ranked 80th in the league in MVP scoring – and even that was mostly for wont of opportunities because of being part of the deepest butterfly group in the league.

It still will be a tall order for her to make the Olympic team in the 100 fly, with rising young swimmers like Claire Curzan and Torri Huske along with Olympic gold medalist Kelsi Dahlia to contend with.

We haven’t yet seen if Banic can truly turn her short course success into long course yet. She did go a lifetime best at a Pro Swim Series meet earlier this year of 59.26, which is encouraging. She’s only the 36th best American in the Olympic Trials qualifying period and just the 29th seed pre-scratch for Omaha, but she’s one more breakout away from a semi-final or even possibly a surprise final this week.

She’s done it before, so no reason to doubt her now.

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Hswimmer
1 month ago

Yards, ok???

Ghost
Reply to  Hswimmer
1 month ago

Exactly

Disrobed Panic
1 month ago

Relay starts, when done well, are worth at least a half second per 50 of the race.

sggs
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 month ago

its true, if you start your mile with a relay start youll drop more than 15 seconds

MarkHammer
Reply to  sggs
1 month ago

What’s a fair expectation for a time drop in a relay start vs flat start? Do you drink Hype for breakfast? Or are you one of those self centered swimmers who peaks for their Indys and dogs relays

Disrobed Panic
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 month ago

If there’s anything 2020 taught us is that physics is purely theoretical and can only take us so far. I’ve seen Star Trek, light speed is possible, take that Einstein.

I know for a fact power 5 coaches are asking backstrokers not for their best times but for their best relay splits. This makes sense: relays are more than the sum of their parts. Murphy’s world record was on a relay #micdrop

Yes I also would assume a 4 by 1650 relay would result in multiple second drops for a lot of the reasons Hammer describes.

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MarkHammer
Reply to  Disrobed Panic
1 month ago

Clearly you have never opporated In an elite sprint program. Athletes would be benched for only dropping 1/2 a second with a flying start 50. Do you know nothing about relay hype? Dry scooping? Nitrous? Get focused man

oxyswim
1 month ago

She sure does like to ride the line with the 15m marker. Blew past it in a prelims race in Mission Viejo

Wave 1.5 Qualifier
1 month ago

Banic bringin’ the Panic.

Mark
1 month ago

Training short course 2 days before trials, is that a thing..?

Last edited 1 month ago by Mark
Mark
Reply to  Mark
1 month ago

To clarify as well, I know not everyone has access to a long course pool all the time..but I’m assuming trials qualifiers most likely do. Either way, impressive split.

Canadian Swimmer
Reply to  Mark
1 month ago

Easy to get some turn and skill work in, one one short course workout wont ruin the meet haha.

Mark
Reply to  Canadian Swimmer
1 month ago

True that. Good luck to her and everyone, I can’t wait to watch

Virtus
1 month ago

Definitely mostly her underwaters that got that time but still promising ig

VFL
1 month ago

What is the fastest 50 fly from a regular start ever for a female?

wow
Reply to  VFL
1 month ago

MacNeil’s first 50 of her 100 at NCAAs — 22.67

Last edited 1 month ago by wow
Coach
1 month ago

One less stroke the 2nd 25 (5/4). Don’t see that very often. Definitely questionable on the 15m off the wall. Incredible underwater speed though.

PBJSwimming
Reply to  Coach
1 month ago

Yep, it was kind of hard to tell if she was within 15m on that second 50. Nonetheless, it was an absolutely fantastic swim.

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