Nic Fink Hits 58.50 100 Breast: #2 All-Time American, 5th Worldwide This Season

2021 U.S. OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS

  • When:
    • Wave I Dates: June 4-7, 2021
      • Wave II Dates: June 13-20, 2021

Swimming during the semi-finals at the 2021 US Olympic Trials, Nic Fink delivered a 58.50 100 breaststroke to become the 2nd fastest American man in the history of the event.

All-Time American Long Course 100 Breaststroke Rankings

  1. Michael Andrew – 58.14
  2. Nic Fink – 58.50
  3. Kevin Cordes – 58.64
  4. Andrew Wilson – 58.80
  5. Cody Miller – 58.87
  6. Eric Shanteau – 58.96

Fink now trails only Michael Andrew who set the American record at this meet with a 58.19 in the prelims and lowered it again with a 58.14 in the semi-finals. Prior to this meet, the American record was above Fink’s new time, sitting at a 58.64 which Kevin Cordes at the 2017 World Championships.

Split Comparison:

SPLIT NIC FINK, 2021 U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS – SEMIFINAL MICHAEL ANDREW, 2021 U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS – SEMIFINAL MICHAEL ANDREW, 2021 U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS – PRELIMS KEVIN CORDES, 2017 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
50m 27.73 26.83 27.05 27.41
100m 30.77 31.31 31.14 31.23
Final Time 58.50 58.14 58.19 58.64

Fink was entered as 4th seed in the 100 breaststroke at Trials with a 59.52 and hit a 59.21 for 3rd place in the prelims. He will advance in second place to the final behind Andrew. Andrew and Fink will be among those vying for a spot on the Olympic team tonight and will be joined by a tough field including 2016 Olympian and former American record-holder Kevin Cordes along with Andrew Wilson who posted the 4th-fastest time in American history of 58.80 during the prelims.

Top 8 From Men’s 100 Breaststroke Semi-Finals

  1. Michael Andrew (RPC), 58.14 AR
  2. Nic Fink (ABSC), 58.50
  3. Andrew Wilson (ABSC), 59.08
  4. Kevin Cordes (ABSC), 59.33
  5. Max McHugh (UOFM), 59.68
  6. Josh Matheny (PEAQ), 1:00.25
  7. Will Licon (TXLA), 1:00.33
  8. Ben Cono (GAME), 1:00.36

Fink and Andrew are now within the top 5 rankings in the men’s 100 breast so far this season, joining European powerhouses Adam Peaty of Great Britain, Arno Kamminga of the Netherlands, and Italy’s Nicolo Martinenghi.

2020-2021 LCM Men 100 Breast

AdamGBR
Peaty
07/25
57.37
2Arno
Kamminga
NED57.8007/24
3Michael
Andrew
USA58.1406/13
4Nicolo
Martinenghi
ITA58.2807/24
5Ilya
Shymanovich
BLR58.4605/17
View Top 26»

Now the second-fastest ever American in the long course 100 breast, Fink is actually the American record holder in all 3 short course breaststroke events He lowered the 50 breast AR to a 25.75 during the 2019 International Swimming League season while bringing the 100 and 200 records to a 56.16 and 2:02.20 during the 2020 ISL season.

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monsterbasher
1 month ago

30.77 is a peaty-esque backhalf

Hot Take:
1 month ago

I think a lot of people from the UK are feeling a lot less confident about that medley relay

GATOR CHOMP 🐊
1 month ago

He’s going to be sharp in the 200.

Michael Andrew Wilson
Reply to  GATOR CHOMP 🐊
1 month ago

This.☝️Tough to see Will keeping up if Fink can go out in an easy 1:01.0

Mark Torres
1 month ago

Bummer Cody M doesn’t have a shot in finals.

MA 100 breaststroke gold medal
Reply to  Mark Torres
1 month ago

Should have swam faster

IPS
1 month ago

Where was NBCs coverage of the men’s 100 breast semis? Unbelievable, and disgraceful!

Bevo
Reply to  IPS
1 month ago

We see semi’s of women’s 100 fly but not men’s 100 breast. Can someone explain that?

rsgnsf
1 month ago

If he’d had 10 more meters (5, even, maybe) he would have caught Andrews.

Anonymoose
Reply to  rsgnsf
1 month ago

he did catch one of them

Andy
1 month ago

This will be very, very interesting tomorrow. Wilson swam next to Fink in prelims and took the win handily. But in semi’s, Wilson was in the first heat, all by himself (relatively), and didn’t have to push himself to qualify for finals. Fink was probably pushing his Semi with MA so far ahead–Fink must have wanted to be sure he was top 2.

I wonder if Wilson also has this extra gear that Fink showed. It will be tough for Wilson and Fink to gauge where the other is during the final tomorrow night, since MA will be sandwiched in between them, blocking their views…. I bet they both go 58.6x, and the difference between them will be in… Read more »

coach
Reply to  Andy
1 month ago

Wilson and Fink tie for 2nd. They immediately have to play rock-paper-scissors, with the loser having to swim the 400 free instead of the 100 breast in Tokyo.

R&R
Reply to  Andy
1 month ago

Wilson often swims slower in finals than prelims/semis. I haven’t watched him swim enough – Any thoughts on why that might be the case? Does he spin in the water? Is it the pressure? Does he just swim better in the mornings? I know most of this is just guessing, but, my worry is that he tries too hard and spins.

My hope is that he can get in in the 100, and that Fink makes it in the 200.

Ghost
Reply to  R&R
1 month ago

Sorry I think Fink makes both. Maybe MA goes out too fast and Wilson can go past him. Otherwise he better hope he can beat Licon