Stanford’s Andrei Minakov Splits 19.49 Fly Split, 3rd Fastest in History


Stanford redshirt freshman Andrei Minakov split a 19.49 50 butterfly split in the 200 medley relay at the Pac-12 Championships Wednesday night. He helped Stanford capture the relay title as the team touched first in a time of 1:22.74 ahead of Arizona State who touched second in a time of 1:22.95.

Minakov now sits at #2 performer ever and the #3 performance ever for 50 butterfly splits. A few weeks ago, Louisville’s Dalton Lowe swam the #3 fastest time, but Minakov was 0.01 faster tonight.

  1. 19.36 – Joe Schooling – 2016
  2. 19.45 – Joe Schooling – 2017
  3. 19.49 – Andrei Minakov– 2022
  4. 19.50 – Dalton Lowe – 2022
  5. 19.52 – Blaise Vera – 2021
  6. 19.57 – Luca Urlando – 2022
  7. 19.60 Dylan Carter/Joe Schooling – 2018, Cody Bybee – 2022

Arizona State’s Cody Bybee also swam one of the fastest splits ever as he split a 19.60 which places him in a three-way tie for the #7 split ever.

Minakov was on the relay along with Leon MacAlister who split a 21.03 backstroke leadoff, Ron Polonsky who split a 23.40 on the breaststroke leg, and Jonny Affeld who split a 18.82 on the freestyle leg to bring it home for the Cardinal. Their final time of 1:22.74 places them at #7 in the NCAA so far this season.

Arizona State’s second place finishing time of 1:22.95 places them at #9 in the NCAA so far this season.

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1 year ago

Didnt Held split like a 19.6 first 50 when he swam the fly leg of the 400 medley relay in like 2017 or 2018?

Reply to  Hmm
1 year ago

19.70 in 2018, yea

1 year ago

Now is not the time, but I would like to hear Andrei’s perspective on Russia invasion of Ukraine!

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1 year ago


1 year ago

I feel that it’s great but foreign student athletes take away from development of other American athletes.

Reply to  Djr
1 year ago

Iron sharpens iron.

Inside Smoke
Reply to  Djr
1 year ago

Why should NCAA programs care about developing only American athletes?

1 year ago

Any chance he does not get to swim at NCAA’s due to current conflict in Ukraine?

Reply to  Pabs
1 year ago

There’s a chance of anything, but I’d say the chance of this happening is very, very, very low.

I think for that to happen, things would have to devolve badly enough that there becomes a chance that nobody swims at NCAAs.

1 year ago

Did Dressell ever do a fly leg in college when rested and shaved? My memory is he got stuck with breastroke

Wheezy F baby
1 year ago

Trent Pellini with the fourth fastest time ever in 50 breast, of course yall sleeping

1 year ago

Dalton Lowe out touches Dressel, Milak, and Minakov to take gold in the 100m fly at the 2024 Olympics. You heard it here first.

Reply to  Guy
1 year ago

Printing out this comment. Will check back in in roughly 876 days.

NC Fan
Reply to  Guy
1 year ago


phelps swims 200 breast rio
Reply to  Guy
1 year ago

Phelps reads this comment. Stares at his monitor. Turns on the theme song from Rocky…

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