Ryan Held Breaks Cesar Cielo’s World Record in the 50 Free (Masters)

Swimming on Saturday at the 2021 Ron Johnson Invitational Masters State Championship meet in short course meters, U.S. Olympian Ryan Held broke a World Record previously held by Cesar Cielo.

Not the World Record you may be thinking of, though.

Held swam a 21.28 in the 50 free, which breaks Cielo’s Masters’ World Record of 21.37 for the 25-29 age group. Cielo set that record in 2014 (and also owns the 100 free record in 47.43).

Held’s best time in the event is 21.22 from ISL season #1.

The Brazilian Cielo, of course, is not best known for his Masters swimming results. He’s best known as the 2008 Olympic gold medalist in the 50 free, an 11-time World Champion, and the current World Record holder in both the 50 and 100 freestyles in long course (which are, ironically, both faster than his short course masters records).

The meet was held in the Mona Plummer Aquatic Complex at Arizona State University, where Held is now training under Bob Bowman and the rest of the staff at Arizona State.

Ironically, Cielo was also training at Arizona State (albeit under Scott Goodrich) at the time of his Masters World Record swim. Because Cielo was registered with a US Masters Swimming team at the time, his swims are also the USMS records, even though he is Brazilian.

In a video posted to Instagram on Saturday, Held’s fiancée Lexie Lupton, a former NC State swimmer, informed him that he broke the World Record, and Held appeared surprised by the news.

Held competed in the International Swimming League regular season for the LA Current, but has remained in Arizona as the team has begun its playoff journey. He is on the team’s announced roster, but they have just 1 Playoff match remaining before the grand finale in December.

Held also swam 1:46.52 in the 200 free, and is scheduled to swim 4 more races on Sunday, including the 100 free. Held is a member of the U.S. team for the Short Course World Championships in December, entered in the 50 and 100 freestyles.

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2 months ago

Golf clap?

2 months ago

So happy for Ryan, after the disappointment of seeing him miss the Tokyo team by a hair!

2 months ago

Bravo for that headline.

Chas E
2 months ago

I thought Ryan was on SC worlds team?

Chas E
Reply to  Chas E
2 months ago

Sorry must have read it wrong earlier

The Original Tim
2 months ago

I’m glad I’m well out of the 25-29 age group! It’s fun seeing the Olympians show up at USMS Nationals and throw down some awesome (for us non-Olympians) swims, but it was always a tiny bit depressing looking at the USMS record books for that age group and seeing the likes of Grevers, Adrian, etc on top of the lists in that age group with truly unattainable times for us mere mortals.

Last edited 2 months ago by The Original Tim
ACC fan
2 months ago

I live for SS headlines like this! Love it!

ACC fan
Reply to  ACC fan
2 months ago

Actually now that I have read the whole article it’s really, interesting, well-written and informative! Thank you!

SoCal Swammer
2 months ago

This headline is such a bait lol

Mister 17.6 no fins
2 months ago

Caeleb Remel will get that rubberized 20.91 soon.

Don’t worry about that.

Reply to  Mister 17.6 no fins
2 months ago

Only if he stops training for the 4IM

Reply to  Tiudbsi
2 months ago

He is back with his old sprint coach at UF.

Supersuited 46.91 and 20.91 are going to be smashed next year.

Mr Piano
Reply to  Swimfan
2 months ago

Certainly not smashed lol. 20.8 is possible, 46.7-8 for free, which will probably be a rough tossup between him and Chalmers

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