Notre Dame’s Chris Guiliano Clocks 40.84 100 FR, Breaks Ryan Held’s 2018 ACC Record



  • NCAA Record: 39.90, Caeleb Dressel (FLOR) – 2018 NCAA Championships
  • ACC Record: 41.05, Ryan Held (NCST) – 2018 NCAA Championships
  • ACC Championship Record: 41.41, Ryan Held (NCST) – 2018 ACC Championships
  • 2024 NCAA ‘A’ Standard: 41.50
  • 2023 NCAA Invited Time: 42.32

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Chris Guiliano (ND) – 40.84 *ACC Record*
  2. Luke Miller (NCST) – 41.78
  3. Youssef Ramadan (VT) – 41.86
  4. Brendan Whitfield (VT) – 42.06
  5. Matthew Brownstead (UVA) – 42.07
  6. Quintin McCarty (NCST) – 42.16
  7. Jerry Fox (NCST) – 42.18
  8. Sam Hoover (NCST) – 42.21

During the final preliminary session of the 2024 ACC Championships, Notre Dame’s Chris Guiliano posted a new ACC record in the 100 freestyle. Hitting the wall in 40.84, he became the first ACC swimmer to break the elusive 41-second barrier. The previous record belonged to NC State’s Ryan Held, who posted a time of 41.05 back at the 2018 NCAA Championships.

It was a huge swim for Guiliano, chopping 0.39 off his best time from earlier this season. Most of his improvement stemmed from the back half, where he closed in 21.33 compared to 21.64. The back half is what earned him the ACC record too, as he matched Held’s opening split of 19.51 before closing 0.21 faster. See a full comparison of Guiliano’s new record, Held’s previous record, and Guiliano’s previous best time below.

Splits Comparison: 

Chris Guiliano‘s New ACC Record Ryan Held‘s Previous ACC Record Chris Guiliano‘s Previous Best Time
First 50 19.51 19.51 19.59
Second 50 21.33 21.54 21.64
Total Time 40.84 41.05 41.23

The swim by Guiliano sets him up to complete the freestyle triple tonight, as he already claimed gold in the 50 and 200 freestyle events earlier in the competition. Notre Dame as a whole has performed great here in Greensboro, currently sitting 2nd in the team standings after finishing 5th last year and 8th in 2022.

Guiliano had a breakthrough summer in 2023, placing 2nd in the 100 free at US World Championship Trials. That swim earned him a spot on his first U.S. World Championship team, where he helped Team USA to bronze in the men’s 4×100 freestyle relay. He has already been 47.98 in the LCM version of the 100 free this season, setting him up to contend for the U.S. Olympic team in just a few months time.

Chris Guiliano At The 2024 ACC Championships:

  • 800 Free Relay Lead-Off — 1:31.16 *=Luke Miller’s ACC Record*
  • 200 Free Relay Lead-Off — 18.63
  • 400 Free Relay Anchor — 40.17 split *#2 All-Time*
  • 50 Free  — 18.57 *ACC Meet Record*
  • 200 Free — 1:31.16 *=ACC Meet Record From His Relay Lead-Off Earlier In The Meet*
  • 100 Free — 40.84 *ACC Record*

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Bill Lumberg
3 months ago

39.99 tonight no faster.

Konner Scott
3 months ago

This kid is DANGEROUS.

3 months ago

Wow. Is it necessary to go so fast in prelims?!

IU Kicker
Reply to  Hank
3 months ago

Every time you step up on the block is an opportunity.

Swim Alchemist
3 months ago

Arguably robbed of a gold medal in Fukuoka by not being put on the Men’s Medley prelims relay.

If Pieroni got the spot over Becker in Tokyo by placing higher at Trials despite having a slower split at the Olympics, then Guiliano equivalently should have gotten it over King in Fukuoka.

But, I see arguments for both sides.

The Weez
Reply to  Swim Alchemist
3 months ago

But also different coaching staff, no? I don’t think that their is a mandated method (by USA Swimming)…

3 months ago

This dudes having his star turn moment. He’s going to be one of the 4 finalists on the relay at minimum.

3 months ago

This kid is going to be a massive force come Olympic Trials.

3 months ago

Chris is one of the few swimmers who I firmly believe can break into 1:28 realm in 200 free. Have a feeling he wasn’t fully rested for this meet too …

Reply to  misterman
3 months ago

Also think it’s between him and liendo. Tonight’s gonna be a battle of the conference’s still right now Guiliano is my slight favorite going into NC’s now in the 100.

Last edited 3 months ago by PFA
Reply to  PFA
3 months ago

Liendo is still a half second faster than him although that may change after tonight.

Reply to  misterman
3 months ago

47 low lcm this summer?

Reply to  misterman
3 months ago

This dude is nuts – I just read a bit about him in his bio. He’s gone from like a 45 to 40 since starting college? Crazy…

Reply to  misterman
3 months ago

What I like most about him though is his character. Known the guy since his freshman year when he wasn’t a big name and still seems to be same person now. Someone I’m genuinely rooting for

Christine Breedy
Reply to  misterman
3 months ago

I was his hs coach in PA
He is the real deal- great character and a total pleasure to work with.
And of course great family!