McKendree’s Jackson Lustig Destroys NCAA D2 Record in 200 Fly with 1:40.75

2023 NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships

Men’s 200 Butterfly – Finals

  • NCAA DII Record: 1:41.19 – Alex Kunert, Queens (NC) (2019)
  • Meet Record: 1:41.19 – Alex Kunert, Queens (NC) (2019)

Podium:

  1. Jackson Lustig, McKendree – 1:40.75
  2. Andrew Rodriguez, Drury – 1:45.08
  3. Dejan Urbanek, Colorado Mesa – 1:45.30
  4. Dominik Karacic, Drury – 1:46.53
  5. Alejandro Villarejo, Drury – 1:46.53
  6. Serhii Agadzhanyan, Indy – 1:46.71
  7. Steven Aimable, Nova S’eastern – 1:46.83
  8. David Bocci, Clarion – 1:47.41

McKendree sophomore Jackson Lustig destroyed the NCAA Division II national record in the 200 fly final, going 1:40.75 to take .44 off the previous mark set by Alex Kunert of Queens in 2019. As a freshman at last year’s NCAA Division II Championships, he was runner-up to Kunert with 1:43.66.

Coming into the meet, his best time was 1:42.14 from the 2022 Mizzou Invite last November. That swim made him the third-fastest performer in Division II history behind Queens’ Kunert (1:41.19) and Marius Kusch (1:42.04).

Before arriving at McKendree, his best time in the 200 fly was 1:47.24.

Lustig swam his own race from start to finish, out in clear water with only the clock pushing him. He was up by a half-body at the 50, a full body at the 100, and by about 10 meters at the 150. He pushed each 50, going between two- and three-tenths faster than his previous best. On the final 50, he was eight-tenths faster.

Comparative splits:

Lustig, 2022 Mizzou Invite Kunert, 2019 NCAAs Lustig, 2023 NCAAs
50 22.60 22.48 22.39
100 48.19 (25.59) 48.16 (25.68) 47.74 (25.35)
150 1:14.74 (26.55) 1:14.06 (25.90) 1:14.03 (26.29)
200 1:42.14 (27.50) 1:41.19 (27.13) 1:40.75 (26.72)

Over the past four months, Lustig has been able to shave .45 off the front half without sacrificing the back half. Indeed, he took a full second and four-hundredths off the second 100 yards, coming home four-tenths faster than Kunert and eight-tenths faster than his own previous PB with a final 50 of 26.7.

Lustig’s stroke was long and unrushed. He worked his walls and kept moving ahead into clear water. Had it not been for the thunderous roar of the crowd as he began his final 25, one might have been forgiven for thinking he was swimming a test set at practice.

Lustig’s 1:40.74 would have scored at last year’s NCAA Division I Men’s Championships. It took 1:41.76 in the morning to make the B final and 1:40.63 to make the A final.

 

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TexasLonghorn Alum
11 months ago

Great swim from an impressive and talented flyer! At only 19, his future looks very special.

PFA
11 months ago

What a swim for lustig sounds like he’s motivated to go even faster keep doing what you’re doing because it’s working. Would have placed 7th at D1 nationals last year also I don’t have the all time rankings but I believe his time puts him at 35th all time

Fake Gregg Troy
11 months ago

Those Schroeder kids from wisconsin always making a splash in college!

Last edited 11 months ago by Fake Gregg Troy
Chad
11 months ago

Whoa… that’s an impressive swim

Lalo Salamanca
11 months ago

Dude is 20 years old and still has his mustache… He goin 1:38 when it’s all said and done.

Frances Gosa
Reply to  Lalo Salamanca
11 months ago

Actually, he’s only 19 won’t be 20 till the end of July!

Dr Deluxe
Reply to  Lalo Salamanca
11 months ago

Jack is only 19 y/o!!

Thirteenthwind
11 months ago

Hell of an executed swim. Super exciting – always fun to see people go FAST…especially when they work this hard.

JimSwim22
11 months ago

Jackson was Full of Swimming. Way to go dude!

Dr Deluxe
11 months ago

Fantastic swim for this young man . He has a bright future ! As long as your in Indy, check out Lucas Oil Stadium where you’ll be swimming in 16 months !!!

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