SwimSwam Pulse: 48% Predict Sjostrom As Top 100 Freestyler of 2018

SwimSwam Pulse is a recurring feature tracking and analyzing the results of our periodic A3 Performance Polls. You can cast your vote in our newest poll on the SwimSwam homepage, about halfway down the page on the right side, or you can find the poll embedded at the bottom of this post.

Our most recent poll asked SwimSwam readers to predict the top women’s 100 freestyler worldwide by the end of this summer’s season:


Question: Who will be the world’s top W100 freestyler by the end of the summer?

Almost half of voters predicted that Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom would hold the world’s fastest 100 freestyle time by the end of this summer’s season.

Sjostrom is the current world record-holder, and it makes sense for her to be a heavy favorite. She set that world record leading off the 4×100 free relay at Worlds last summer, but by the time the individual event rolled around, Sjostrom had already swum eight races over five days and lost to Simone Manuel.

Manuel got more than 30% of the votes. She’s pulled clutch upsets in each of the past two years, beating then-world-record-holder Cate Campbell at the 2016 Olympics and Sjostrom last summer. Cate Campbell got just 15% of the votes, and sister Bronte Campbell just 1.8%. Bronte will not compete at Pan Pacs as she’s nursing a shoulder injury. That’ll put a damper on her chances to put up the world’s fastest time, but she does currently lead the world.

Other candidates pulled almost 4% of the votes.

Below, vote in our new A3 Performance Pollwhich asks voters to predict the world’s top 100 backstroker by the end of the summer on the men’s side:

At the end of the summer, which nation will have the fastest men's 100 backstroker?

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She went 52.30 with a reaction time of 0.36 at Swedish nationals yesterday, and she is not even in form. Excited to see what times she will do at European championships 😀


Isn’t that a false start?


That was her reaction time for a takeover. You’re allowed a -0.03 reaction time in relay takeovers.


It was her split in the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay.


Would like to see an article on this if possible!


When did this happen?


At the Swedish nationals!


Despite 52 27 is a half of second away from world record it is still exceptionally fast result in women swimming. Sarah Sjostrom was faster only two times and Cate Campbell only once. This time cannot be done casually. I don’t think that Simone Manuel will make new personal best this season. So there is a very good chance that the result of Bronte Campbell will stay as the #1 this season.


Sjostrom will hit 51 at Euro’s I’m guessing like 51.9… idk if anyone is gonna touch that disgusting 51.7 for a little while


Why will she swim 51.9 if 52.3 – 52.4 will be enough to win Euro championship?
If she made once 51.7 it doesn’t mean that she can swim close to this time whenever she wants.


Why not?


Because swimming under 52 sec is very hard and requires special conditions. Just two years ago nobody would even think it was possible. Cate Campbell’s 52.06 was a swim from the future and then she returned back to her 52.3 area. Sjostrom’s crazy 2017 season gave us this wr that will stay as long as her 50 fly achievement. With the slightest deviation from her form she bounced back to 52.3 in the championship race. She commented that it was like having a refrigerator on her back. This season that has only European championships as major meet she is in 52 middle form. To swim under 52 sec requires special training and motivation. It could happen should Cate Campbell swam… Read more »

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