Tomer Frankel Swims NCAA’s 14th Sub-45 Second 100 Fly of the Season

2021 BIG TEN MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIPS

Indiana freshman Tomer Frankel won his first Big Ten title on Thursday when he won the 100 fly in 44.91. That victory was the front-end of a tough double that also saw him finish 3rd in the 200 free about 40 minutes later.

In the process, Frankel’s swim was the 14th this season by an NCAA Division I swimmer faster than 45.00 seconds, which moves the 2020-2021 season past a tie with 2017-2018 for the second-most ever.

The depth in this 100 fly this season is representative in many ways of the high level of swimming we’ve seen around the country in spite of the challenges of the pandemic. Even with 10 D1 programs not racing this season, including Arizona State and junior Cody Bybee who might have been 44 this season, this season is on pace to see the most 100 yard butterfly races under 45 seconds ever.

The 14 swims have come from 8 different swimmers. If even 4 of those swimmers repeat their sub-45s once at NCAAs, the record will be broken. With so much depth in the race, swimmers will have to be fast in prelims too, which means we’ll probably see sub-45s there as well.

D1 Swims only

2020-2021 Sub-45 Second 100 Yard Butterflies:

Rank Time Name School Year Meet Swim Date
1 44.32 Ramadan, Youssef Virginia Tech Freshman 2021 ACC Men’s Championship 2/26/2021
2 44.53 Ramadan, Youssef Virginia Tech Freshman 2021 ACC Men’s Championship 2/26/2021
3 44.67 Albiero, Nicolas Louisville Senior 2021 ACC Men’s Championship 2/26/2021
4 44.77 Murphy, Camden Georgia Senior 2021 Men’s SEC Swimming & Divi 2/25/2021
5 44.81 Murphy, Camden Georgia Senior 2021 Men’s SEC Swimming & Divi 2/25/2021
6 44.84 Kovac, Danny Missouri Junior 2021 Men’s SEC Swimming & Divi 2/25/2021
7 44.89 Murphy, Camden Georgia Senior 2020 UGA Fall Invitational 11/19/2020
8 44.91 Frankel, Tomer Indiana Freshman 2021 Men’s Big Ten Swimming & Diving Championships 2/25/2021
8 44.91 Casas, Shaine Texas A&M Junior 2021 Men’s SEC Swimming & Divi 3/04/2021
8 44.91 Jiang, Alvin Texas Senior 2021 Big 12 Swimming Champions 2/26/2021
11 44.92 Casas, Shaine Texas A&M Junior 2021 Men’s SEC Swimming & Divi 2/25/2021
12 44.97 Urlando, Luca Georgia Freshman 2021 Men’s SEC Swimming & Divi 2/25/2021
12 44.97 Jiang, Alvin Texas Senior 2020 Texas Hall of Fame Invite 12/4/2020
14 44.98 Casas, Shaine Texas A&M Junior 2021 Texas A&M v LSU 1/23/2021

 

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Seth
1 month ago

44 in the 100 fly 10-13 years ago was legendary. Now it happens a dozen times a year. Wow!

#MFan
1 month ago

was 2016-17 the year Texas had all of the sub 45 swims and all 16 of their guys were in the Finals at NCAAs? kind of like Cal’s 200 back this year at Pac-12s?

Grant Drukker
Reply to  #MFan
1 month ago

What’s crazy is it only took a 45.89 to A final back then. Now that hardly even makes NCAAs.

#MFan
1 month ago

I wonder if River Wright will swim a Time Trial on Sunday since he got DQ’d with that 45.0… is 45.24 enough to qualify for NCAAs?

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