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
Question: Would you rather break a U.S. Open record or win an NCAA event title?
- NCAA title – 84.7%
- U.S. Open record – 15.3%
A huge majority of voters would rather win an NCAA event title than set a U.S. Open record, according to our latest poll.
That tracks with our previous poll, in which 81% would rather win an Olympic gold than set a world record. Winning an event at a high-level meet clearly carries a huge amount of prestige among fans, with times and records holding a lesser allure.
The U.S. Open record probably doesn’t have the name value of something like a world record or even an NCAA record. But a U.S. Open record should, in theory, be the most prestigious of the three major short course yards records – U.S. Open records track the fastest time swum by a swimmer of any nationality on American soil. As short course yards meets are extremely rare outside of U.S. soil, the U.S. Open record is often effectively a world record for yards swims.
(Compare that to an American record, which tracks the fastest swim by an American but factors out a huge number of internationals who swim in the NCAA, or an NCAA record, which includes all college swimmers, but doesn’t include standout high schooler national record-breakers like Regan Smith or Katie Ledecky, or post-grad swimmers who set national yards marks like Zane Grothe.)
Below, vote in our new A3 Performance Poll, which asks voters which supersuited men’s world record will fall first:
The A3 Performance Poll is courtesy of A3 Performance, a SwimSwam partner