2019 SWIM PINK A+ INVITATIONAL
Recent University of Northern Iowa graduate Crystal Florman broke the Iowa Swimming LSC record in the 5o free this past weekend at the 2019 Swim Pink A+ Invitational in Iowa Cit, Iowa. Florman actually broke the record twice: the 1st record coming in the event final of the women’s 50 free, and the 2nd in a time trial after the meet.
She first swam a 26.41 in prelims of the individual event and then a 26.08 in finals. Her best time heading into the meet was 26.18. With her finals swim, she undercut the Iowa Swimming record of 26.13, which was held by the University of Iowa’s Mekenna Scheitlin from 2017.
Within reach of the 2020 Olympic Trials cut of 25.99, Florman kept gunning to break 26. She next went out for a 50 split in prelims of the 100 free, touching in 26.14 (en route to a 1:04 total time). After the meet, Florman decided to try once again, time trialing the 50. She roared to yet another best time and LSC record of 26.04, bringing herself just .05 seconds from the Trials cut.
Florman was a star in the Missouri Valley Conference, earning MVC Swimmer of the Year for the 2018-2019 season. She was MVC champion in the 100 free (49.22), 100 fly (53.86), and 50 free (22.68) as a senior, and she also set the MVC Record in the 100 free.