Race Video: Ryan Held Swims 18.68 in the 50 Free


On day 2 of the 2017 ACC Championships, Ryan Held swam an 18.68 in the 50 free final that makes him the 7th-fastest swimmer in the history of the event.

Former University of Delaware swimmer Jake Magnan was perched mid-pool, and had the perfect vantage point to capture the entire swim start-to-finish, and has been kind enough to share that swim with the rest of the world through his Twitter account.


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wow. tempo isn’t even that fast. 7 strokes/10 strokes back. pulls a ton of water and underwaters are incredible.


It’s not? He’s at a 0.8 stroke rate for the most part. Can’t be much faster

Sir Swimsalot

He can’t match Dressel’s start.


Funny that Dressel said Held taught him how to use the blocks during the olympic swimming camps in a sec interview.

Sir Swimsalot

There is a big difference between learning how to use a specific type of block and executing the mechanics of a good start. Not the same


He was talking about the relay start


I believe Dressel was talking about relay starts

E Gamble

I think they have learned from each other which is great. I saw that interview. What an honest guy to give his buddy Ryan some credit on his new and improved step over start. They both appear to be great guys.☺


What video? Can you post a link


It was an interview by another online swimming publication, so we may not be allowed to post the link here. You could easily google for the “Dressel’s interview at SECs”


Nobody in the world can. Go watch the relay and 100 free final at the Olympics. His start is ridiculous


And half a body length behind Dressel.

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