Well known as a backstroker, Australia’s Mitch Larkin was the best 200 IMer in the entire world last season, with a swim he put up one year ago today.
It was a swim in Santa Clara four years ago this week that started Ryan Murphy’s launch to the top of the world in men’s backstroke.
We’re going way back this week – to one of the greatest swimmers in history, who is credited with his first world record on this day in 1922.
This week in history: future Cal teammates Abbey Weitzeil and Katie McLaughlin set 3 national high school records at the 2014 CIF-SS Division 1 Championships.
Twenty years ago, Australian Ian Thorpe kicked off a new millennium with three world records and a 400 free that still stacks up among the best in history.
As of April 2009, no man had been under 27 in the 50 breast. On May 8, Brazil’s Felipe Franca opened a floodgate that hasn’t been shut in the 11 years since.
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.
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.