Ryan Held Becomes 7th Fastest 100 Freestyler Ever with 41.34


NC State’s Ryan Held was all business this morning, rocketing to a personal best 41.34 in the 100 free prelims at the 2017 Men’s NCAA Championships. That took almost 3 tenths off his 41.61 from the ACC Championships, and now makes him the 7th fastest performer of all time, surpassing Matt Grevers‘ 41.35.

Held is the 2nd seed for tonight’s championship final, and will swim alongside Olympic relay teammates Blake Pieroni and Caeleb Dressel. The top seed for tonight is Florida’s Dressel, the American Record holder, with his 41.00. That was the 7th fastest performance in history and gives Dressel 4 times on the all-time top 10 performances list.

All-Time Top 10 Performers: Men’s 100 Free

Place Swimmer Time
1 Caeleb Dressel 40.46
2 Vlad Morozov 40.76
3 Cesar Cielo 40.92
4 Nathan Adrian 41.08
5 Simonas Bilis 41.18
6 Ryan Hoffer 41.23
7 Ryan Held 41.34
8 Matt Grevers 41.35
9 Blake Pieroni 41.44
10 Marcelo Chierighini 41.46

All-Time Top 10 Performances: Men’s 100 Free

Place Swimmer Time
1 Caeleb Dressel 40.46
2 Vlad Morozov 40.76
3 Caeleb Dressel 40.86
4 Cesar Cielo 40.92
5 Caeleb Dressel 41.00
6 Caeleb Dressel 41.07
7 Nathan Adrian 41.08
8 Nathan Adrian 41.10
9 Cesar Cielo 41.12
10 Cesar Cielo 41.12

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  1. NCSwimFan says:

    Still doesn’t own the NC State team record.

  2. JJG says:

    Out of curiosity. Does every NC state swimmer have that tattoo on their chest?

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