After leaving an NC State program where he’d flourished, then stagnated, Held moved twice in 2019 before smashing the U.S. Open 100 free record.
We rank all of the world records from 2019 Worlds – with a twist. We rank by how long we think each one will stand, from the shortest to the longest tenures.
Before yesterday, Maggie MacNeil didn’t even have her own Wikipedia page. The 19-year-old is now the second-fastest 100 flyer in history and a world champion.
3rd at both 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials and 2018 U.S. Nationals, Will Licon will look to break through later this summer after his fast 200 breast last week.
The 2019 Swedish Championships were about as good a tune-up for the World Championships as Sarah Sjostrom could have asked for.
13-year-olds Leah Hayes and Jillian Cox qualified for 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials, making them two of the three youngest qualifiers so far.
A semi-finalist at Olympic Trials in 2016, Brandon Fischer returned to racing in June 2018 and now is the third-fastest 100 breaststroker in the USA.
Ariarne Titmus has gone 3:59 three times in the past ten months, and now sits #3 all-time in the 400 free after dropping three tenths of last weekend.
Japan’s Yui Ohashi has been one of the year’s most consistent performers in the 400 IM, and last weekend, she notched her second 4:33 of the year.
Last summer was a breakthrough season for Katie McLaughlin, who booked a return trip to the World Championships with a stellar 100 fly. But McLaughlin, who was a 2015 World Champs team member before missing the team in 2017, is sneakily becoming a multi-event threat for next summer’s Olympic Trials.
After a disappointing 2018, Cody Miller is reversing course: his huge lifetime-best 200 breast last weekend puts him in line for 2019-2020 National Team status and could potentially earn him $11,500 in Pro Swim Series prize money.
Italy’s Margherita Panziera had a breakout 2018 – and she’s making sure that season is no one-hit wonder.
Ethan Hu hit two massive lifetime-best in California’s high school postseason, rocketing him up the recruiting ranks in his class.
It’s not the event she’s known for. It’s not even the right stroke. But Ye Shiwen has transformed into 2019’s best 200 breaststroker.
29-year-old Bruno Fratus fired off a world-leading 21.47 in the 50 free at Brazil’s Trophy meet.