Today in Swimming History: November 10th

On November 10th, 2009, at the height of the polyurethane-suit era, Brazilian star Kaio Almeida becamse the first man to ever break 1:50.00 in the short course meters 200 fly. At the 2009 version of the Stockholm World Cup, he swam a 1:49.11 to break the World Record.

Not only did Almeida set a World Record, which still stands, but he did so by 1.4 seconds to break the previous mark held by Nikolay Skortskov only 9-months earlier. That 1.4 second margin is the largest margin of record breaking in the history of the event.


  • Mireia Belmonte Garcia, 21 – The Spaniard was the star of the 2010 World Championships when she won three individual gold medals.
  • Petra Banovic, 32 – Former Arizona State All-American and two-time Olympian for Croatia.
  • Dudley DeGroot, would be 112 – The first All-American in Stanford history, earned in football. DeGroot played 4 sports for the Cardinal, including swimming and water polo.
  • Alex Gianino, 19 – Sophmore at the University of North Carolina.

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