Ryan Held Re-Breaks U.S. Open Record in Finals at U.S. Nationals – 47.39


After going a lifetime best and U.S. Open record in the 100 free this morning at 47.43, Ryan Held lowered his time again in finals Wednesday night at the 2019 Phillips 66 National Championships.

Held became the No. 3 American in history in the event this morning (tied with Vladislav Grinev), and takes over solo possession of that spot after the night swim. Dave Walters owns the No. 2 American swim at 47.33, and Caeleb Dressel set the American record in 46.96 at the 2019 FINA World Championships last week. Held’s previous best time heading into the meet was just 48.26, which was 13th in American history.

Held’s time would have won the bronze medal at Worlds behind Dressel and Kyle Chalmers (47.08). The top five swimmers in the heat went lifetime bests, and top four (Held, Maxime Rooney, Tate Jackson and Dean Farris) would have made the Worlds final.

Top American 100 Freestylers In History

  1. Caeleb Dressel(2019) – 46.96
  2. Dave Walters (2009) – 47.33
  3. Ryan Held(2019) – 47.39
  4. Michael Phelps (2008) – 47.51
  5. Nathan Adrian (2012) – 47.52
  6. Jason Lezak (2008) – 47.58
  7. Maxime Rooney (2019) – 47.61
  8. Garrett Weber-Gale (2008) – 47.78
  9. Zach Apple (2019) – 47.79
  10. Jimmy Feigen (2013) – 47.82
  11. Blake Pieroni(2019) – 47.87

Maxime Rooney also cracked the top 10 this morning, going 47.75, then lowered that time to 476.61 in finals. Five of the top eleven U.S. swimmers in history have hit their best times this year alone, and six of the eleven are still active.

It’s also a bounce-back swim for Held after a rough outing last summer. Held was 48.26 at Olympic Trials in 2016, making the American Olympic team and ultimately winning gold as part of the finals 4×100 free relay. He split 47.79 (prelims) and 47.73 (finals) in Rio. But last summer, Held went just 48.65 and missed all the major U.S. travel teams.

The United States’ second individual Worlds entrant in the event, in addition to Dressel, was Blake Pieroniwho went 47.87.

Held moves up to #3 in the world ranks this year, behind only Dressel and Chalmers:

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1 year ago

american 100 free stacked beyond belief atm… fantastic swim ryan great to see you back in top shape

Reply to  jhumphries
1 year ago

Silly to think that a 47 high in finals at Trials next year might get 7th.

1 year ago

Wait, did he swim with a beard?

beach bum j
Reply to  john26
1 year ago

Photo says it’s a stock photo so no he did not swim
With beard

Old Man Chalmers
Reply to  beach bum j
1 year ago

yes, the board behind held indicates that the photo is from the tyr pro series

ACC fan
Reply to  john26
1 year ago

I was going to ask the same thing. I think it’s a great question. Not sure why all the down votes.

1 year ago

Another reason to have Wold Team tryouts this year not last year.

Reply to  Swimmer
1 year ago

Could’ve used held on the med relay no offense to the GOAT Adrian

ACC fan
Reply to  monsterbasher
1 year ago

Or Zach Apple

Old Man Chalmers
Reply to  ACC fan
1 year ago

or even pieroni

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Torrey Hart

Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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