Last week’s Sette Colli Trophy was a shockingly fast meet that even included a world record. But our Swim of the Week seemed to inspire even more awe and discussion than that: Ben Proud’s 21.16 in the 50 free.
Most of us who swam competitively can remember dropping two seconds in one fell swoop. For most of us, it happened as an age grouper, maybe in junior high as we hit a growthspurt or in an event we hadn’t swum in years.
Last weekend’s Mare Nostrum stop in Monaco was chock full of outstanding swims. But it’s the rising queen of in-season swimming Rikako Ikee who rose to the top.
Last week, Seliskar went 1:49.23 in prelims and 1:48.35 in finals of the 200 free at the Santa Clara Pro Swim Series, beating a field that included three-fourths of Team USA’s bronze-medal 4×200 free relay from the 2017 World Championships.
Last weekend, Ryan Lochte put up the #2 time in the nation at age 33, putting himself in-line to become the first 30+ man to rank inside the top 50 nationally in the event since 1999. Even the great Michael Phelps dropped the event at age 27.
Ryan Murphy is undefeated in 200 backstrokes this season after beating Ryosuke Irie and Jacob Pebley at the Grand Challenge in Irvine.
When Ledecky broke the world record in the 1500 free last week, she ended what was the longest world record drought of her career by almost 300 days.
Gianluca Urlando is already the best flyer nationally in his high school class. But the sophomore improved his versatility over the weekend with lifetime-bests in the 50 free, 100 free and 100 back to go along with his 100 fly.
It was just 11 days ago that we released our annual NCAA recruiting class rankings for the current crop of juniors. We ranked Newport Harbor’s Ayla Spitz 20th. 11 days later, she made that rank irrelevant.
Michael Andrew’s age group career is ending an enigma. But his adult career began last week with perhaps a bit more clarity.
It’s becoming a common headline around these parts: Kliment Kolesnikov breaks World Junior Record.
Disclaimer: Blueseventy Swim of the Week is not meant to be a conclusive selection of the best overall swim of…
If you told Olympic-only swim fans (aka those who only realize the sport exists when it’s on mainstream NBC) that a 17-year-old from Canada was stealing the show in the early goings of 2018, they’d expect Olympic co-champ Penny Oleksiak. But it’s Taylor Ruck who is dominating the Commonwealth Games, most notably with her Commonwealth record 200 free.
Before this week, the fastest women’s 100 free split in world history was 51.59 – barely more than a tenth faster than the 100 free world record from a flat start.
This week, we break down the swim that ultimately turned the meet for Texas – a redemption-fueled 100 back from John Shebat.