Sarah Sjostrom Breaks 50 Freestyle ISL Record with 23.17, 5th-Fastest All-Time


Energy Standard’s Sarah Sjostrom blasted a 23.17 in the women’s 50 freestyle Thursday night in Naples, lowering Ranomi Kromowidjojo‘s (Iron) ISL Record of 23.29 set during the inaugural 2019 ISL season.

Sjostrom’s swim jackpotted 5 swimmers for a total of 24 points. Energy Standard teammate Siobhan Haughey placed 2nd in 23.80, giving Energy a total of 31 points in the race. World Record holder Ranomi Kromowidjojo, swimming for Iron, placed 3rd in 24.04.

Sjostrom’s swim Thursday is the 3rd-fastest of her career and comes in as the 5th-fastest performance all-time. Sjostrom and Kromowidjojo broke the World Record together in 2017, though it was Kromowidjojo who got her hand on the wall first and thus the official designation as the World Record holder.

Sjostrom, representing Sweden, won the silver medal in the 50 freestyle at the recent 2020 Tokyo Olympics behind Australia’s Emma McKeon. Kromowidjojo, who swims for the Netherlands outside of ISL competition, meanwhile, placed 4th in the 50 freestyle in Tokyo.

All-Time Top Performances, Women’s 50 Freestyle

  1. Ranomi Kromowidjojo (2017) – 22.93
  2. Sarah Sjostrom (2017) – 23.00
  3. Ranomi Kromowidjojo (2020) – 23.05
  4. Sarah Sjostrom (2017) – 23.10
  5. Sarah Sjostrom (2021) – 23.17
  6. Cate Campbell (2017)/Ranomi Kromowidjojo (2018) – 23.19
  7. Sarah Sjostrom (2018) – 23.21
  8. Sarah Sjostrom (2017) – 23.22
  9. Ranomi Kromowidjojo (2018) – 23.23
  10. Ranomi Kromowidjojo (2013)/Ranomi Kromowidjojo (2015) – 23.24

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Coach Mike 1952
1 year ago

Medically, is it not a fact that a broken bone will actually heal so it is stronger then before? Would like to hear others’ experiences with this. Have never had a broken bone myself.

1 year ago

Makes you wonder how much better her Olympics would have been without the broken elbow.

1 year ago

Not being able to use her arms for months and spending so much time focusing on making her legs stronger has resulted in a better push off the block and stronger turns/underwaters. It’s especially going to show in short course.

1 year ago

I have not done a proper race analysis but visually it looks to me as her starts and turns (underwater etc) have improved – a lot.

Reply to  Dan
1 year ago

I thought similar about those skills! She definitely looks crisper than a month ago.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Dan
1 year ago

Probably all that leg work while she was rehabbing her elbow.

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Reid Carlson originally hails from Clay Center, Kansas, where he began swimming at age six.  At age 14 he began swimming club year-round and later with his high school team, making state all four years.  He was fortunate enough to draw the attention of Kalamazoo College where he went on to …

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