Michael Chadwick Clocks Sub-22 50 Free in Unofficial Time Trial in Singapore

Team USA’s Michael Chadwick posted a video to Instagram yesterday which depicts a time trial 50 free he did while at the American training camp in Singapore pre-Worlds. They’ve been stationed there for training camp before they head out to Gwangju for the 2019 World Championships, where pool swimming commences in less than a week.

In the video, Chadwick is suited up and races a 50 free. While he notes in his Instagram caption that the timing system was off, multiple hand-timed estimates registered around a 21.75.

“We didn’t have the timing system on but apparently I went a best time,” reads Chadwick’s caption.

A member of David Marsh’s pro group at Team Elite West in San Diego, Chadwick is one of several tough American sprinters with hopes of an Olympic berth next year. If the hand-timed estimate of his swim in Singapore is about right, it’s an unoffical two-tenths drop for Chadwick. His lifetime best is a 21.96 — he swam that time at 2016 Olympic Trials and then did so again at the 2019 PSS stop in Richmond this spring. He’s only been under 22 one other instance — a 21.99 at the 2017 Israeli Summer Championships.

Chadwick is one of 15 American men to have gone sub-22 in the 50 free in history. For fun, if the swim was official and he had in fact registered a 21.75, that would knock Gary Hall, Jr out of the top 10 and put Chadwick in 10th all-time. He’d also join Caeleb Dressel and Michael Andrew as the only American men under 22 this season. We’ll have to wait for him to get an official (and rested) time in this event, though, as he’s not racing the 50 free at Worlds.

Chadwick is a relay-only swimmer for Team USA in Gwangju, qualifying through his 5th place finish in the 100 free at 2018 U.S. Nationals.

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Michael Schwartz

Ahhh the week prior to Worlds…that special time of year where I am constantly checking swimswam every 20 minutes for a new article only to avoid swimswam the following week during the day like the plague (along with all social media, websites, and text messages) to avoid spoilers until I can get home from work and watch the DVR’ed races myself!


I just have a tab open on my phone and refresh whenever I check something else on my phone lol


I thought I was weird. I probably am, but glad it isnt just me haha.


I thought everyone did this year round

Gen D

i confirm!


I also keep refreshing swim swam about every twenty minutes 😂


Same 😭😭

I have love for everyone in this thread. If you guys keep clicking, we’ll keep throwing it out there. <3


strong looking swim

David Berkoff

I got 21.96 when I timed it. Pretty solid nonetheless!


i had 21.85

Ronald Hehn

I got 21-Miss-iss-ipp… Close enough. Great swim.

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Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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