NC State Commit Kylee Alons Drops 5:26 500 Backstroke at HS Meet

While swimming a 500 at a dual meet is a burden for many high school swimmers, NC State commit Kylee Alons embraced the situation and swam it backstroke in late November (the swim was confirmed to SwimSwam by her coach, Carolyn Fries).

She won the event in 5:26.96, touching about 17 seconds ahead of the second-place swimmer, teammate Summer Siverts.

“I had entered her in that race because we had a hole there, and she asked if she could swim it backstroke,” Fries told SwimSwam. “She said she wanted to get ready for her 200 this weekend at Juniors.”

Alons is a senior at Fossil Ridge High School, and swims club for the Fort Collins Area Swim Team. She was the Colorado 5A State Champ in the 50 and 100 free last season, and won the 50 and 100 free, as well at the 100 back (53.44) at Speedo Sectioals in March of this year. Her personal bests in the 50 and 100 free are 22.57 and 49.50.

Check out her splits below, and click here to see the full meet results.

Alons’ 5:26.96 500 back splits:

27.94 / 31.65 / 32.28 / 33.64 / 33.74 / 33.37 / 33.55 / 33.83 / 34.09 / 32.8

Alons is currently competing at the West 2017 Speedo Winter Junior Championships, where she anchored her 200 medley relay to a new NAG record in a blazing 21.75, for total time of 1:37.65 (25.26/27.08/23.56/21.75).

Her other best times include:

  • 200 back – 1:55.81
  • 100 fly – 53.18
  • 200 free – 1:48.44
  • 200 IM – 2:02.33

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ArtVanDeLegh10
3 years ago

I wonder how the other swimmers felt losing by a lot to someone swimming backstroke.

Also, I thought you could swim any stroke for a freestyle event as long as you swim the same stroke throughout the event. I didn’t think you’re allowed to start in the water for a freestyle event (for a backstroke start), and if she went off the block, that wouldn’t be backstroke. What am I missing?

Caleb
Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh10
3 years ago

what makes you think she went off the blocks?

ArtVanDeLegh10
Reply to  Caleb
3 years ago

I never said she went off the blocks. I just said I don’t think she’d be allowed to start in the water, and if she did go off the blocks, I thought it was illegal to do it then flip over and swim backstroke.

Tammy Touchpad Error
Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh10
3 years ago

Based off the splits, it looks like she started off a block. 27.9 all the way to a 31.6 seems anamalous. You usually see around 2 seconds in freestyle or backstroke from the first to second 50 in most distances

meeeeee
Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh10
3 years ago

maybe she did a back dive off the blocks.
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iLikePsych
Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh10
3 years ago

Without breaking out the rule book, I don’t think so. Freestyle literally means that – a free stroke, so you can do anything as long as it doesn’t break another rule e.g. more than 15 underwater or pulling on the lane line. The stroke restriction only applies to Medley, because Medley is supposed to be 4 different styles, and thus you’re not allowed to repeat fly, back, or breast during the freestyle portion.

I don’t know if you’re allowed to start in the water though…

Hannah
Reply to  iLikePsych
3 years ago

Little kids who can’t do starts yet start in the water all the time. I don’t think it’s a rule that you have to start on the blocks for anything; it’s just faster so everyone does it.

No nothing
Reply to  iLikePsych
3 years ago

She would have to do a forward start whether she started on the block, the wall, or in the water. She could then roll to her back and swim the race backstroke.

Swimmer0883
Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh10
3 years ago

In high school rules you can start in the water for any stroke. You also can literally swim any stroke as long as you surface by the 15m mark and touch the wall at turns (someone could swim the whole thing corkscrew if they wanted to).

sven
Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh10
3 years ago

The only rule for freestyle is it has to be a forward start, so I’m assuming it was from a dive. You can change strokes whenever you want, even in the middle of a 25.

Also, her opening 50 was a 27 and then she immediately jumped up to 31 on the second 50, so I think there had to have been a dive involved, unless her idea of preparing for her 200 at juniors was to go all out the first 50 and then die.

Fiona
Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh10
3 years ago

When I was competing, I swam backstroke in a 100m Freestyle race at State for similar reasons. I checked with the officials prior and I had to start on the blocks. I just turned over onto my back during my streamline. The time stood as a Freestyle time but I used it as race practice for a 100 Back.

Wowdamn
3 years ago

Ayo I heard Joe Schooling went 5:24

Neil
Reply to  Wowdamn
3 years ago

Consider he went a 46 in a 100 yard back in December, I’d sure as hell hope he could go a 5:24…

Bon Jovi
Reply to  Neil
3 years ago

it’s actually called a joke

Neil
Reply to  Bon Jovi
3 years ago

Duh. I know that! But part of the joke is that the time that Joe would supposedly be swimming in whatever event at practice is unworldly and downright impossible to be achieved at either a meet or a get-out swim, which adds to a large part of the satire. You missed my point, but no worries, it’s all good.

Dudeman
Reply to  Bon Jovi
3 years ago

a prerequisite for a joke is that it’s actually funny

ArtVanDeLegh10
Reply to  Dudeman
3 years ago

Ha

crooked donald
Reply to  Wowdamn
3 years ago

And he said it felt “monotonous.”

paloozas
Reply to  Wowdamn
3 years ago

stale meme

ACC fan
3 years ago

That’s legit!

Noflykick
3 years ago

Love it!
Converts roughly to 4:44 for 400 SCM. That compares favorably with the Australian masters NR in the event, (yes, they actually track the event).
There used to be a domestic US organization that informally recorded distance stroke swims, but now I can’t find it.

Steve Swims
3 years ago

Wow I can’t wait to see how she places in this event at NCAA’s! … … -____-

Bob Sommers
3 years ago

If you swim backstroke it calls for an in water start facing the blocks so I’d think that’s what she did. Her time was in line with an in water start. It’s not your everyday 500 though.

sven
Reply to  Bob Sommers
3 years ago

Freestyle requires a forward start, so if she had done that, she’d have been disqualified. 27.9 on the first 50, 31 on the second. Looks like the time difference you’d see from a dive.

Bob Sommers
Reply to  sven
3 years ago

Sven – You are correct freestyle is a forward start but the rules also state – the swimmer may swim any style – during a freestyle event and the rules for that stroke would apply. 27.94 / 31.65 if not mistaken, these are the splits from above – 27.94 & 59.59 would be the first 100 which she’s easily able to do, based on her 53.44 100 back time. IMHO

tea rex
3 years ago

that’s cool. i remember high school. thanks for the video.

Noflykick
Reply to  tea rex
3 years ago

What video?

Swim mom
3 years ago

Seems like a showboating move.

Nathan Smith
Reply to  Swim mom
3 years ago

Showboating the 500 is a proud high school swimming tradition!

Swim Mom
Reply to  Nathan Smith
3 years ago

Not in our area. I take back the showboating comment IF this is something that is routinely done in a spirit of fun at this meet. If that is the case, the article should reference that.

Admin
Reply to  Swim Mom
3 years ago

Swim Mom – while I can’t tell you how to interpret this swim, I can tell you that it’s not uncommon for swimmers to swim 500 frees in other strokes as sort of a “fun, let’s see what happens” sort of thing. Keep in mind that “freestyle” is not actually intended to be swum in the front crawl – this is the difference between a “freestyle” event and a “front crawl” event (which do actually exist in some parts of the world). It’s a way for a swimmer to test their endurance if they have primary strokes other than freestyle.

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Swimmom
Reply to  Braden Keith
3 years ago

Thanks for the information !

Dylan
Reply to  Swim mom
3 years ago

Was your swimmer the one in the lane next to her that lost??

Swim Mom
Reply to  Dylan
3 years ago

Nope. Is she your best friend or daughter?
My swimmer would never disrespect her competition this way. I’d rather see a great swimmer like Kylee blow the competition away swimming the 500 freestyle the way it’s intended, rather than showing everyone how great she is by doing a different stroke. What is the intention in this?

SwimPop
Reply to  Swim Mom
3 years ago

Umm, fun? Last season at one of my boy’s HS tri meets the boys did either a 500FL or a 500 IM. Everybody on deck was cracking up the entire event. Dual meets here in CO HS swimming are for the most part pretty casual affairs. The kids are often swimming against their club teammates and until State nobody takes it too seriously.

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