Swimming Time Conversions: Wynalda, Kalisz and Reaney Impress in Meters

Disclaimer: All swimmers are different, unique, factoring in their body-types and training methods. Conversion times are merely a rough estimate.  

Emma Reaney, Notre Dame, 200 yard breaststroke NCAA Record at 2014 Women’s ACC Swimming & Diving:

Yards time:                      2:04.34

LC Meters time:               2:22.01


Breeja Larson, Texas A&M, 100 yard breaststroke American Record at 2014 Women’s SEC Swimming & Diving Championships:

Yards time:                      57.28

LC Meters time:              1:05.58


Chase Kalisz, University of Georgia wins 400 IM at 2014 SEC Championships with:

Yards time:                      3:36.89

LC Meters time:               4:07.14


Brad Deborde, University of Florida, wins 50 freestyle at 2014 SEC Championships with:

Yards Time:                       18.88

LC Metter Time:                21.75


Michael Wynalda, University of Michigan, wows with his leg (a flying start) on the NCAA Record  4×200 free relay at 2014 Big Ten Championships:

Yards Time:                      1:30.60

LC Meters Time:               1:43.16


Swimming Time Conversions are courtesy of Speedo USA, a SwimSwam partner.

To use the “Speedo Swim Time Converter” go here. 

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This swimming time conversion tool is provided courtesy of Brian Stanback.

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7 years ago

I’ve always wondered why they don’t have a one-day long course time trial meet the day after NCAAs. It would be a good barometer to see where people really are.

Reply to  Josh
7 years ago

agreed 100% on that…

bobo gigi
7 years ago

Award of the craziest time conversion for Michael Wynalda in the 200 free. 🙂
Yannick Agnel can start to be afraid.
Oh no Mel, you are too smart to make these crazy time conversions.
From SCY to SCM, yes.
From SCM to SCY, yes.
From SCM to LCM, a little little little yes but with many precautions.
From LCM to SCM, a little little little yes but with many precautions.
But from SCY to LCM, no.
And from LCM to SCY, no.
You had already done that about Kevin Cordes last year and a possible 2.04 for him in the 200 breast in long course.
By the way you start… Read more »

Reply to  bobo gigi
7 years ago

I have to agree with Bobo on this one. One problem is that breaststroke and backstroke should convert using different factors from each other and from freestyle/fly, and even then, they vary so much individually. One that looks roughly accurate may be Larson, as I believe 1:05.5 is around her best time in LCM. Maybe Kalisz in the 4IM too as I think both of those times are each about 2 seconds faster than his previous SCY/LCM times.

Reply to  liquidassets
7 years ago

I think there’s some extra time to be added on these conversions, it’s called the Cordes Hype Factor… 🙂

And I believe Breeja Larson’s LCM best for 100BR is about 1.05.9 or so, but I could be wrong. Perhaps 1.05.70 would be realistic.

7 years ago

Wynalda is improving by leaps and bounds. Pretty much no one outside of Michigan had heard of him, until maybe last summer when he put up very respectable times (48 high and 1:47) at Universaide.
Assuming he keeps swimming after graduation, it looks like he could easily fill Ricky Berens’ spot on the national team roster, and maybe make a shot at representing USA individually.

7 years ago

Wynalda split a 132.3 in the 800 relay last year, a terrific time.The following summer, he went a 1.47.6, also a terrific time but not what a 1:32.3 or even a 1:33.would convert to.
World of difference between LC and Sc as we have seen many times(Staab,Nolan ) .Regardless, it was a terrific swim and I’m looking forward to seeing what he will do against at NCAA’s against Joao de Lucca and Younquist .

bobo gigi
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
7 years ago

Very interesting words about your case and college swimming.
And despite what you describe very well, USA has pretty crazy good results in the big international meets. Remember that you have won half of the gold medals in the pool at the last olympic games. 16 out of 32!
So, I must say despite or thanks to?
That’s the question I very often ask myself.
If the college swimmers trained at least 6 months in long course?
Will Caeleb Dressel continue to improve as well in long course when he’ll train most of the year in yards in college?
Would Michael Phelps have had the same fantastic international career if he had swum in… Read more »

About Gold Medal Mel Stewart

Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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