Metroplex’s Zhier Fan Swims 1:01.02 100 Breast, Top 10 17-18 All-Time, #4 17yo

2021 Speedo Summer Championships – Irvine

FRIDAY FINALS HEAT SHEET

Day 4 – Friday, August 6

  • 400 Freestyle
  • 100 Breaststroke
  • 100 Backstroke
  • Men’s 4 x 200 Free Relay

MEN’S 100 BREAST – FINALS

Podium:

  1. AJ Pouch (TRA) – 1:00.63
  2. Zhier Fan (MTRO) – 1:01.02
  3. Ben Dillard (TASC) – 1:02.32

Virginia tech’s AJ Pouch won the men’s 100 breast tonight in Irvine, holding off a late charge from Metroplex Aquatics 17-year-old Zhier Fan. Fan roared to a new personal best of 1:01.02 in the race to earn Silver. Fan scratched out of his events yesterday (day 3) after swimming to a massive lifetime best in the 200 breast on Day 2, in order to focus on the 100 breast today.

Fan’s swim tonight marked a personal best of 1:01.74, which he swam at the U.S. Olympic Trials Wave I meet in June. This morning, Fan swam a 1:02.19 to qualify 2nd for the A final. Here is a split comparison between Fan’s previous best from Wave I Trials, his prelims swim this morning, and his new personal best from tonight:

Splits 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials Wave I 2021 Speedo Summer Championships – Irvine PRELIMS 2021 Speedo Summer Championships – Irvine FINALS
50m 28.97 29.23 28.75
100m 32.77 32.96 32.27
Final Time 1:01.74 1:02.19 1:01.02

Fan was faster on both the 1st and 2nd 50s tonight versus his previous best from Wave I. This morning, Fan was half a second slower on the first 50 than he was tonight, and 0.69 seconds slower on the 2nd 50. Importantly, 1:01.02 would have finished 19th in prelims of the 100 breast at the Olympic Trials Wave II meet, just one spot outside alternates for finals. It took a 1:00.81 to advance to semifinals at Trials.

In addition to the lifetime best, Fan has now cracked the all-time top 10 for 17-18 boys in the LCM 100 breast. Fan, just 17, now ranks 9th all-time among 17-18 boys, and is just 1.20 seconds off Michael Andrew National Age Group Record. Here is the current all-time top 10 for 17-18 boys:

Rank Time Swimmer Date
1 59.82 Michael Andrew 6/26/2016
2 1:00.06 Josh Matheny 6/13/2021
3 1:00.08 Reece Whitley 8/24/2017
4 1:00.46 Kevin Houseman 8/2/2015
5 1:00.47 Kevin Cordes 8/7/2012
6 1:00.68 Jacob Montague 8/25/2016
7 1:00.86 Carsten Vissering 7/29/2015
8 1:00.88 Mitch Mason 6/13/2021
9 1:01.02 Zhier Fan 8/6/2021
10 1:01.06 Devon Nowicki 8/8/2016

For 17-year-old boys, Fan now ranks #4 all-time, behind only Michael Andrew, Reece Whitley, and Carsten Vissering. Here is the all-time top 5 for 17-year-old boys in the LCM 100 breast:

Rank Time Swimmer Year
1 59.82 Michael Andrew 2016 Olympic Trials
2 1:00.08 Reece Whitley 2017 World JR Champs
3 1:01.00 Carsten Vissering 2015 FL NCSA Spring Champs
4 1:01.02 Zhier Fan 2021 Speedo Summer Champs – Irvine
5 1:01.42 Daniel Roy 2017 Summer Junior Nats

Fan is slated to swim the men’s 200 IM tomorrow, the final day of the meet.

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Chineeese boy
2 months ago

If I’m a huge fan of Zhier , can I say that I’m Zhier Fan?

Guy
2 months ago

Wow… Reece Whitley has fallen off a ton in this event LCM