Ryan Held Swims 9.57 SCM 25 Free, Wins Four-Round Tournament at Arizona State

by Riley Overend 19

May 24th, 2024 Big 12, College, News, Pac-12

Ryan Held twice clocked an unofficial pool record of 9.57 swimming the short course meters (SCM) 25 freestyle at Arizona State’s head-to-head tournament this week in Tempe, ultimately prevailing in the final against Jack Dolan by less than a tenth of a second.

Held, a 28-year-old Olympic champion back at Rio 2016, posted a time of 9.63 in the championship round to beat Dolan’s 9.70.

The top overall seed among the 16 swimmers in the bracket, Held blazed a pair of 9.57s to take down ASU graduate Grant House (9.90) in the quarterfinals and rising senior Patrick Sammon (10.15) in the semis. House was slightly faster in the first round at 9.89 during his victory against incoming freshman Tolu Young (10.32) of Fiji.

Dolan eliminated Michigan graduate transfer Cam Peel (10.11) and rising junior Jonny Kulow (10.03) en route to the final with times of 9.78 and 9.84, respectively. Kulow posted his fastest time (10.00) in the first round against rising junior Andy Dobrzanski (10.60).

Held continued his streak of wins at ASU’s 25 free “World Championships” after earning the past three titles in the yards version of the Sun Devils’ tournament. He went 8.4 in the 25-yard free during his victory last October and 8.19 last February, just short of his unofficial record that stands at 7.96.

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25 days ago

Held is my sleeper pick to surprise everyone. Been popping off lately and ASU can coach. Clearly faster than he’s been leading into big meets in other years. Ofc, barely a “sleeper”, but I feel like SS commenters underrate him

26 days ago

Videos on poolside perspective

Beginner Swimmer at 25
26 days ago

sleeper pick for the 50 and 100

26 days ago

HELD vs DRESSEL vs PROUD vs MCEVOY – who wins?

Reply to  TONY
26 days ago

Dressel at peak goes 8 in 25m free

Ron Henderson
26 days ago

In a recent poddcast Ryan’s coach, Herbie Behm, said he had (hand-) timed Ryan at 7.9 seconds for 25 YARDS, taking just 6 strokes. The guy obviously knows how to sprint…

26 days ago

I remember Bill Pickzuck(I don’t know if I wrote correctly) in the nineties holding 25SCM free WR, I think it was the first man under 10s, right? Nice battles against Olympian Bronze medallist Fernando Scherer.

Ron Henderson
Reply to  DDias
26 days ago

In 2001 there was swim meet in East Meadow, New York, called Novo Nordisk Sprint Cup with 25 m freestyle as one of the events. Many world class swimmers of the time attented and Aaron Ciarla won the event.

Not-so-silent Observer
26 days ago

I’ve got faith in you, Ryan!

Let’s do this thing!
Soon to be 2x Olympian 🤘

Post grad swimmer
26 days ago

This is fun

About Riley Overend

Riley is an associate editor interested in the stories taking place outside of the pool just as much as the drama between the lane lines. A 2019 graduate of Boston College, he arrived at SwimSwam in April of 2022 after three years as a sports reporter and sports editor at newspapers …

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