Rising sprint star Ben Proud broke the British National Record in the men’s 50m freestyle yet again, this time while competing at the British Universities and Colleges Sport Long Course Swimming Championships (BUCS).Meet Results21-year-old Proud of the University of St. Mark and St. John stole the show on the 2nd night of finals at Ponds Forge, surging to the top of the 50m freestyle podium in a time of 21.73. That mark wipes just .03 of a second off of his own British record of 21.76 he set during prelims of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, but in the splash n’ dash, every nanosecond counts.Proud has steadily been moving up the ranks internationally in the sprint freestyle events, making his moves primarily in the Olympic events 50m free and 100m free events. Heading into this meet, Proud’s quickest 50m free this season was the 21.95 he registered at the Luxembourg Euro Meet just last month, but his performance tonight rockets him to the 4th position in the world rankings this season, tied with Aussie sprinter Cameron McEvoy.
Proud’s fastest 100m freestyle long course is the 48.70 he scored in prelims at last year’s British National Championships, where he ultimately came in 2nd place in the final, behind Calum Jarvis. Proud clocked 48.83 to Jarvis’ 48.79 at that meet, but Proud will get his crack at the longer sprint tomorrow at BUCS.
The Plymouth Leander club swimmer Proud holds Great Britain’s national records in the short course versions of the 50 and 100m freestyle events, reaching times of 20.74 and 45.97, respectively, at ASAs last December.
After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …