Quiz: Can You Name The Top 20 Swimmers of All-Time In the 50-Yard Free?

Before the year 2005 no one had ever broken 19 seconds in a 50-yard freestyle.

In the 15 years since, we’ve seen 18-second swims become the norm, and even seen a handful of 17s. The title of ‘fastest man in yards’ still carries plenty of prestige. But how many of the fastest men in yards can you name?

We’ve put together a quiz below to test your recall of the top 20 performers of all-time in the men’s 50-yard freestyle. The quiz is up-to-date as of August 2020. We’re specifically looking at top performers, not performances – so each swimmer will only be listed once, even if they have multiple swims fast enough to make the list.

For hints, our quiz lists the year each swimmer put up their best time, plus the college team they were associated with at the time. You have five minutes to name them all. Note: the quiz will accept last names only, though spelling has to be relatively close.

Of course, one man holds the top 13 performances in history in this race. Here’s a look at his career portfolio in the 50-yard freestyle:

  • 17.63 (2018)
  • 17.81 (2018)
  • 18.11 (2018)
  • 18.20 (2016)
  • 18.23 (2016)
  • 18.23 (2017)
  • 18.23 (2017)
  • 18.24 (2016)
  • 18.29 (2016)
  • 18.32 (2016)
  • 18.38 (2017)
  • 18.39 (2016)
  • 18.46 (2017)

If you enjoyed this quiz, check out the other set of quizzes we put together this month. You can follow the link here to find our quizzes on every team to win an NCAA relay title in women’s swimming and in men’s swimming.

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No more hawkeyes
24 days ago

17/20 :/ missed Adam brown matt target and the Yale guy

Bub
Reply to  No more hawkeyes
24 days ago

I also got 17/20 but missed Bilis Howard and Yale guy

Swim
Reply to  No more hawkeyes
24 days ago

That “Yale Guy” was Alex Righi and he held the American Record.

Swammer
24 days ago

I knew 19/20 but could only spell 14/20

Admin
Reply to  Swammer
24 days ago

😂😂😂

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Swammer
24 days ago

Lol I got about half, but had the same problem with “Gkolomeev” and “Righi.”

Trying 20 combinations “Glokomeev” is finally what made me give up.

Edit – I also thought “Bowe Becker” was named “Becker Bowen” and was getting very mad that it wasn’t working.

Last edited 24 days ago by Steve Nolan
Ferb
Reply to  Steve Nolan
24 days ago

I couldn’t remember if it was Bo, Beau, or Bowen, but I finally got it right before time ran out.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Steve Nolan
24 days ago

Always remember the spelling, because I’ve always thought Bowe Becker would be a great porn star name. Of maybe a one letter substitution on the last name.

USAUSAUSA
24 days ago

Spelling foreign names failed me. Looking at you gkolkolomeeve.

Admin
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24 days ago
Ferb
Reply to  USAUSAUSA
24 days ago

I actually got Gkolomeev right, but didn’t get credit for “Brad” Tandy.

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