NC State’s Ryan Held Downs ACC Record with 18.6 50 Free


An unshaved Ryan Held shredded his way to a new ACC Record on night 2 of the 2017 Men’s ACC Championships. Held secured the victory for the Wolfpack with a lifetime best 18.68, clearing the former Conference Record of 18.76 set by former teammate Simonas Bilis at last season’s conference meet.

Held now moves up to 2nd in the nation this season behind only Caeleb Dressel‘s 18.46 from the 2017 SEC Championships a couple of weeks ago. He moved just ahead of Texas’ Joseph Schooling, who blasted an 18.76 for a new Big 12 Record last weekend.

Held now moves from outside the top 20 to 7th on the all time top performers list. He’s just 2 hundredths behind Nathan Adrian, who sits 6th with an 18.66 from the 2011 Minneapolis Grand Prix.

All Time Top Performers: Men’s 50 Free

  1. Caeleb Dressel– 18.20
  2. Cesar Cielo- 18.47
  3. Matt Targett- 18.52
  4. Vlad Morozov-18.63
  5. Kristian Gkolomeev- 18.64
  6. Nathan Adrian– 18.66
  7. Ryan Held– 18.68
  8. Ryan Hoffer- 18.71
  9. Adam Brown- 18.72
  10. Fred Bousquet- 18.74

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3 years ago

18.3 at NCAAs

E Gamble
3 years ago

This is merely a question…please don’t pounce. Was Cielo wearing a one piece suit? I honestly don’t know.

Reply to  E Gamble
3 years ago

Full body arena fastskin

E Gamble
Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh
3 years ago


Bully bob
Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh
3 years ago

Wasn’t it a jaked?

Reply to  E Gamble
3 years ago

oh yeah! it was the era of the super suit… here is the video

E Gamble
Reply to  mcmflyguy
3 years ago

I wonder what Caeleb and Ryan could do in a cat suit??

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3 years ago


Reply to  E Gamble
3 years ago

It was an FS Pro. If I remember right, I think he wore 2 suits or a leg skin underneath the body suit for more buoyancy.

3 years ago

That is faster than most swimmers are able to go.

Reply to  Doug
3 years ago

Apt observation

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