Natalie Hinds Hits Lifetime Best in First LCM Meet Since 2016 Trials

2019 PRO SWIM SERIES – KNOXVILLE

Former Florida Gator Natalie Hinds is finding success well after her collegiate career has ended. Hinds, who was a two-time SEC Champion with Florida and was one of the top NCAA sprinters of her time, swam to a new personal best in the 100 fly this morning at the 2019 Pro Swim Series in Knoxville.

Hinds, who was swimming in the final heat of the women’s 100 fly this morning, clocked a 59.76. She was out in 27.84, which was the 2nd-fastest first 50 of the entire event behind only Dana Vollmer, the AR holder, and finished out with a 59.76.That time is nine hundredths better than her previous best, a 59.85 from over four years ago. Her old best was done in a time trial at the 2014 U.S. Summer Nationals when she was 21.

Now 25, Hinds is swimming the best times in her career. This is just the second time she’s ever broken a minute, and this was a low-pressure, January meet, albeit in prelims. The time today is well under the Olympic Trials cut for the 2020 Trials, too.

Qualifying 5th for tonight’s final, Hinds has a shot to make it onto the podium, which could mean prize money. The Midland, Texas, native has been coaching in the Atlanta area of late, and in 2018 started training with the UGA pro group at the Athens Bulldogs Swim Club.

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SaintJoseph

AWESOME! Congrats Natalie

ACC fan

Congrats Natalie! Getting better with age and experience!

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

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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