Australia’s Shane Gould is still the only person in history to hold world records in the 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1500 freestyles at the same time.
April 23, 2009: the date that man first broke 47 seconds in the 100-long-course-meter freestyle. France’s Alain Bernard is still #2 in history 11 years later.
This week in history, we look back at the 2008 Short Course World Championships and a historic swim for Austria – its first Worlds gold medal in swimming.
On April 11, 1980, Rowdy Gaines and Mary T. Meagher each set world records, the bright spot in an otherwise disappointing year with an Olympic boycott.
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On April 1, 2007, North Baltimore Aquatic Club training partners Michael Phelps and Katie Hoff each shattered world records in the 400 IM.
Today is March 27 – that’s a very fast day in history, considering it was the Friday of 2009 Men’s NCAAs. Austin Staab smashed records with a 44.18 100 fly.
Sadly, it was a harshly-truncated week of swimming. But Matt Brownstead got in a couple of history-making swim under the wire.
It’s been an intriguing saga: Melanie Margalis and the 400 IM. The saga continued with a massive 4:32 in Des Moines, making Margalis the #4 American all-time.
Junior Emma Nordin hit three lifetime-bests at Pac-12s, including a nation-leading 4:33.74 in the 500 freestyle – a drop of almost four seconds.
Bobby Finke cut 1.2% from the standing NCAA record and 0.72% from the American record in the 1650 free. What would those drops look like in other events?
Lillie Nordmann’s 200 free from the Texas High School State meet is faster than anyone else in her recruiting class besides Regan Smith.
It doesn’t get much better than this. Utah’s 3A High School State Championships came down to a single point, with three teams in play on the final relay.
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