Video: Watch Coleman Stewart Blast 48.33 for 100 Backstroke World Record

2021 INTERNATIONAL SWIMMING LEAGUE – SEASON 3, MATCH 2

Coleman Stewart produced the first World Record of the 2021 ISL season on Sunday with a stunning 48.33 effort in the 100 meter backstroke, taking more than half-a-second from his previous lifetime best, set Saturday at 48.91, an American Record.

The 100 meter backstroke World Record Sunday is the first of Stewart’s career. Stewart spent the maximum of 60 meters underwater and only took 34 strokes in the race.

Stewart stroke count, 48.33:

  • 1st 25: 8 strokes
  • 2nd 25: 8 strokes
  • 3rd 25: 8 strokes
  • 4th 25: 10 strokes
  • Total: 34 strokes

Kliment Kolesnikov, the former World Record holder in the event, took a total of 44 strokes when he went 48.58 in 2020. By comparison, Stewart made much better use of the underwaters.

Kolesnikov stroke count, 48.58:

  • 1st 25: 10 strokes
  • 2nd 25: 11 strokes
  • 3rd 25: 11 strokes
  • 4th 25: 12 strokes
  • Total: 44 strokes

In the yards version of the race, Stewart is the 2nd-fastest performer all-time with a lifetime best of 43.62. In that race, Stewart took 7 strokes on the first 3 lengths and then 8 strokes on the final 25 yards, making for a mere 29 strokes total, once again maximizing his underwater dolphin kick.

Stewart’s 48.33 knocked 0.25 from Kolesnikov‘s 2020 World Record, set at the ISL Season 2 Final. Stewart’s swim also jackpotted the entire field, stealing all the points from the competition, resulting in a 37-point haul for the Cali Condors. Stewart’s 7-swimmer jackpot was the first in ISL history.

Video: Coleman Stewart Blasts 48.33 for 100 Backstroke World Record

Stewart was out in a blazing 23.45 and back in a 24.88. Yesterday, for comparison, Stewart turned in 23.94 and brought it home in 24.97.

SPLIT COMPARISON

STEWART VS. KOLESNIKOV

STEWART, 2021 WR KOLESNIKOV, 2020 WR
1st 50 23.45 23.80
2nd 50 24.88 24.78
Total 48.33 48.58

STEWART VS. STEWART

STEWART, 2021 WR STEWART – DAY 1
1st 50 23.45 23.94
2nd 50 24.88 24.97
Total 48.33 48.91

TOP-10 PERFORMERS ALL-TIME

  1. Coleman Stewart, USA (2021) — 48.33
  2. Kliment Kolesnikov, RUS (2021) — 48.58
  3. Xu Jiayu, CHN (2018)/Evgeny Rylov, RUS (2020) — 48.88
  4. Matt Grevers, USA (2015) — 48.92
  5. Nick Thoman, USA (2009) — 48.94
  6. Stanislav Donets, RUS (2010) — 48.95
  7. Arkady Vyatchanin, RUS (2009) — 48.97
  8. Mitch Larkin, AUS (2015) — 49.04
  9. Aschwin Wildeboer Faber, SPA (2009) — 49.05

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SWIMMING RULES
3 months ago

WOW!!! This proves that being a good short course swimmer does not translate to being a good long course swimmer.

Saltwater
Reply to  SWIMMING RULES
3 months ago

Relax Ryan

Bruh
Reply to  SWIMMING RULES
3 months ago

dont get why people are downvoting…Dressel was one of the biggest examples of this…

PVSFree
Reply to  Bruh
3 months ago

Ah yes, Caeleb Dressel, the 7-time Olympic champion and world record holder in 100 fly LC, who famously did not convert to long course

Blackflag82
Reply to  PVSFree
3 months ago

Remember when he also got ruined by going to UF?

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Blackflag82
3 months ago

Especially swimming sprint breaststroke in the bathtub (Bobo).

Bruh
Reply to  PVSFree
3 months ago

Up until ISL I’d say he might’ve been relatively better at LC than SC

Bruh
Reply to  Bruh
3 months ago

Shoutout to the 9 people who know what sarcasm is

Kwazii
Reply to  SWIMMING RULES
3 months ago

Stewart finaled at Olympic Trials in the 100 free. I’d say he’s pretty good at long course too.

Breezeway
Reply to  Kwazii
3 months ago

And 4th in 100 fly at Olympic Trials

applesandoranges
3 months ago

Aren’t 15m violations called in the ISL?

Joel
Reply to  applesandoranges
3 months ago

I rewatched and I think he was all okay actually.

Horninco
Reply to  applesandoranges
3 months ago

Slow it down, His head breaks the water right at 15m on lap 2 and 3, 1 and 4 are safe. All 4 look good but at full speed it doesn’t look that way

IM FAN
Reply to  applesandoranges
3 months ago

He cut it close on every single underwater but his head breaks right before every time.

swimgeek
Reply to  IM FAN
3 months ago

It’s almost like he practices and counts his kicks so he knows where’s he’s at . . .

Breezeway
Reply to  applesandoranges
3 months ago

1,2 and 4 were very safe. 3 was right at mark.

SWIMDOG
3 months ago

Trying to think of the top NCAA underwater swimmers of all-time.. Stewart, Dressel, Hoffer, Jiang, and Shields are the top 5 I can recall of right now.

BKP
Reply to  SWIMDOG
3 months ago

For backstroke Donets, Lochte, and Murphy belong on these lists

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  SWIMDOG
3 months ago

Natalie Coughlin.

Eagleswim
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
3 months ago

Goat short course, shame ISL wasn’t a thing in her prime

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  SWIMDOG
3 months ago

I forgot this one, too. Townley Haas.

Coach Macgyver
Reply to  SWIMDOG
3 months ago

Ian.Crocker.

Ron swanson
Reply to  Coach Macgyver
3 months ago

This.

ArtVanDeLegh10
Reply to  SWIMDOG
3 months ago

Don’t forget Subirats.
First person to go sub 45 in fly and back.
20.3 back lead off, 19.1 free.
All underwater, all in 2006 I think.

Joel Lin
Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh10
3 months ago

Yes, he was incredible in the NCAA format.

ArtVanDeLegh10
Reply to  SWIMDOG
3 months ago

For the 200 Back, Arkady and Markus Rogan stayed under for all 8 laps. Not the fastest for pure speed but they could maintain it as well as anyone.

USA
Reply to  SWIMDOG
3 months ago

Cody Miller

O. Wilson
Reply to  SWIMDOG
3 months ago

Albert Subirats

DrSwimPhil
Reply to  SWIMDOG
3 months ago

Ben Michaelson

PK Doesn't Like His Long Name
Reply to  SWIMDOG
3 months ago

Neil Walker would like a word with all of you.

Coach Macgyver
Reply to  PK Doesn't Like His Long Name
3 months ago

44 in 100 back in a brief. Good catch

Dolphinman
Reply to  SWIMDOG
3 months ago

Austin Staab. Used to beat Shields in underwaters when they went head 2 head

franck
Reply to  SWIMDOG
3 months ago

Not NCAA, but possibly the best underwater in the world. Nicholas Santos. Crazy how its possible to destroy Dressel under water in a 50 fly like that.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  SWIMDOG
3 months ago

Somewhere, David Berkoff is just shaking his head. Check out his first lap at 1987 NCAAs. Also appreciate Mark Spitz’s scintillating analysis. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-OPR_yoOEM

Mike
Reply to  SWIMDOG
3 months ago

Kawecki from Poland also has amazing underwaters

Troyy
3 months ago

Underwaters with a little backstroke mixed in.

nuotofan
Reply to  Troyy
3 months ago

Yes, for SCM races the 15 m limit is too much.

MTK
3 months ago

Now this is NOT something I expected to see today. 48.9 down to 48.3 in a day??

Dudeman
Reply to  MTK
3 months ago

He did has the 200 back yesterday so that most definitely tired him out

MTK
Reply to  Dudeman
3 months ago

Yeah, but even still, who expected Coleman Stewart to be the WR holder over the likes of Kolesnikov, Murphy etc?

BadShoulder
Reply to  Dudeman
3 months ago

I think he also dropped 2 seconds in the 200 back

ACC fan
3 months ago

Would shaving the stache take off more time?

leisurely1:29
Reply to  ACC fan
3 months ago

If you’re scrunching your lips to your nose on every underwater to hold your breath like he probably does, the mustache probably doesn’t cause any drag whatsoever

Eagleswim
Reply to  leisurely1:29
3 months ago

In my experience a thick mustache makes this tactic a recipe for water up your nose

Snarky
Reply to  ACC fan
3 months ago

First WR in a stache since Spitz.

Joel Lin
3 months ago

That was awesome. He was just flying through the water.

David
3 months ago

Never heard of this guy

Comet
Reply to  David
3 months ago

Murphy has certainly heard of him

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