Nic Fink Hits 54.33 100-Yard Breast At Georgia Tech Intrasquad Meet

Yanyan Li
by Yanyan Li 15

September 18th, 2022 ACC, College, National, News

2022 Georgia Tech White vs. Gold Intrasquad

  • September 16 to 17, 2022
  • McAuley Aquatic Center, Atlanta, Georgia
  • SCY (25 yards)
  • Results Under “2022 GT White vs Gold Intrasquad” on MeetMobile

This weekend, the Georgia Tech swim team held an intrasquad meet to kick off the season. One of the biggest names competing was 2022 World Champion Nic Fink, who is training at Georgia Tech as a pro swimmer. This meet marks his first competition since the World Championships this June.

Fink clocked a 54.33 100 breast, 2:03.32 200 breast, 1:49.62 200 IM, 46.48 100 free, and 21.06 50 free, being entered as an exhibition swimmer in all five events that he swam. And while Fink doesn’t usually swim sprint freestyle, the 100 breast/200 breast/200 IM was his NCAAs lineup back when he swam collegiately for the University of Georgia from 2011 to 2015. He holds a best time of 50.90 in the 100 breast, 1:50.80 in the 200 breast, and 1:42.21 in the 200 IM. At the 2014 and 2015 NCAA championships, Fink was the national runner-up in the 100 breast.

At the World Championships this summer, Fink took bronze in the 100 breast and gold in the 50 breast, breaking the American record in the latter event. He also helped Team USA win gold in the 4×100 mixed medley relay and silver in the men’s medley relay.

Other standout performers on the men’s side of the meet included NCAA qualifiers Berke Saka and Batur Unlu. Saka won four individual events: the 200 IM (1:48.74), 200 back (1:49.09), 400 IM (4:07.75), and the 100 back (50.40). In addition, he also led off his 400 medley relay in a time of 48.97, which was over a second faster than his individual 100 back time and also a new meet record. Unlu won the 100 free (45.37) and 200 free (1:37.85), with his 200 free time being a meet record. In addition, he also placed second to Saka in the 200 IM with a time of 1:50.89. Saka and Unlu are the program record holders in the 200 back (1:40.49) and 200 free (1:32.27) respectively.

In addition to Saka and Unlu, Mert Kilavuz and Daniel Kertesz also broke meet records, with Kilavuz going 4:31.39 in the 500 free and Kertesz going 55.91 in the 100 breast (although Fink was faster, Kertesz has the official meet record because Fink was exhibitioning).

The top performer on the women’s side of the meet was freshman Deniz Ertan, who won the 500 free (4:51.38). 200 fly (2:00.94), 400 IM (4:20.05) and 1000 free (9:52.06). Her 500 free and 200 fly times were both meet records. Ertan, an Olympian from Turkey, is one of the Yellow Jackets’ biggest recruits. She most recently competed at the 2022 European Championships, where she took fourth in the 800 free with a time of 8:24.94.

Also breaking a meet record was Zora Ripkova, who won the 100 fly in a time of 55.66.

The Yellow Jackets next compete on October 1st in a dual meet against Emory University. They will also participate in the Swim Across America open water event on September 24.

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He should retire !
11 days ago

Washed up …has been !…
Hopefully he’ll have a better career in engineering than exhibiting during a college intrasquad meet

Reply to  He should retire !
10 days ago

It’s called the no rest in-season phase. Even Dressel was losing races/gaining during the in-season bc of his training. Educate yourself.

11 days ago

I forget that Wilson and fink were very similar swimmers in college at least in breaststroke

12 days ago

around the times Kate Douglass could go not counting the 100 breast

12 days ago

Fink’s results vs. Current Women’s Records:

50 Free: 21.06 slower than 20.84 (Kate Douglass)

100 Free: 46.48 slower than 45.56 (Simone Manuel)

200 IM: 1:49.62 barely faster than 1:50.08 (Alex Walsh)

100 breast: 54.33 faster than 55.73 (Lilly King)

200 breast: 2:03.32 slower than 2:02.19 (Kate Douglass)

12 days ago

Didnt phelps go like 53 point in the hundred yard breast?

Reply to  Owlmando
12 days ago

In season too i think

12 days ago

He better have finished a grueling practice just before the meet started

D2 Swimming Superfan
12 days ago

I add four seconds all the time why aren’t articles written about me

maximum mchuge
Reply to  D2 Swimming Superfan
12 days ago

Take a seat

12 days ago

Why is a pro who’s best time is 4 seconds faster than what he went the headline and not one of the college swimmers

Reply to  Swimmer
12 days ago

Slow news day 🤷‍♀️

Reply to  Swimmer
12 days ago

No one was exactly putting out PRs during this meet. It got you to click.

Reply to  Swimmer
12 days ago

I thought the fall marks the heaviest training season.

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Although Yanyan wasn't the greatest competitive swimmer, she learned more about the sport of swimming through scoring countless dual meets, being a timer, and keeping track of her teammates' best times for three years as a team manager. She eventually ventured into the realm of writing and joined SwimSwam in …

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