Watch: Arizona State’s Cody Bybee Clocks 15.80 50 Underwater Wearing Fins

by Riley Overend 22

January 08th, 2023 College, News, Pac-12, Video

Wearing fins, Arizona State fifth-year senior Cody Bybee blazed a 15.80 in a 50-yard underwater posted on Twitter Friday afternoon by associate head coach Herbie Behm.

Bybee showed off his dolphin kicking prowess, taking only one stroke before his turn and coming home entirely underwater on the final length of pool. He said he wore standard arena training fins for his “underwater kick with fins” challenge.

There aren’t finswimming world records in short-course yards, but his time is just a couple seconds off the long-course meter world record of 13.70 in the 50 AP (apnoea finswimming). That mark belongs to Russia’s Pavel Kabanov from the 2019 European Championships.

One Twitter user, Based Eddie, asked whether Bybee’s swim was the fastest ever in short course yards. Two-time Olympian Tom Shields responded noting the faster LCM world record, prompting Based Eddie to posit that SCY might actually be more difficult because it involves a wall.

“Well you’re wrong,” Shields tweeted. “With love.”

“Respectfully,” fellow Tokyo Olympian Nic Fink added to the thread.

Bybee’s best 50-yard free time this season is a 19.51 from the NC State Invite in November.

Last season, Bybee helped Arizona State to a third place finish at the 2022 Men’s Pac-12 Championships as he scored 37 individual points, the fifth-most on the team. Bybee finished third in the 100 fly (45.32), fourth in the 50 free (19.17), and 11th in the 100 free (42.78). He also swam the butterfly leg on the Sun Devils’ 200 medley relay team that took second place. He also anchored their runner-up 200 free relay squad.

At the 2022 NCAA Championships, Bybee swam in prelims of the 50 free (19.23, 20th), 100 free (42.48, 30th), and 100 fly (45.53, 25th). He also swam on Arizona’s 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay teams, both of which finished sixth.

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1 year ago

fun to watch! now do it without fins and throw in few strokes and let’s see what he goes.

Last edited 1 year ago by WannaBeSwammer
1 year ago

I’d like to see Crooks do this.
With the right setup (suited, with some rest) – I think Crooks could go sub-20 without fins. Just natural dolphin kicks.

Reply to  Swimgeek
1 year ago

Nahway. Ya think?

What does 23.10 convert to in yards? Does the turn help or hurt in this case?

Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

Braden – honestly not sure if you’re being sarcastic. Because, yeah – I don’t think there’s any doubt Crooks could destroy a 50y underwater. His kicking is so powerful – having to come up at 15m slows him down. Per the clip posted – Alvin Jiang went 19.34 with a single free stroke into the turn. Jiang never broke :19 in 50 free. So I’m upping the ante — I think Crooks goes :18

Brooks Curry's Noseclip
Reply to  Swimgeek
1 year ago

Considering the times Jiang and Staka went in 2020
Crooks could probably throw down a sub-20 during a practice

Last edited 1 year ago by Brooks Curry's Noseclip
Reply to  Brooks Curry's Noseclip
1 year ago

After watching that video I guess that moves the target from sub-20 to sub-19.

1 year ago

Is this a new olympic event??????

Reply to  SavvySwimmer
1 year ago

They have tried since the 1980’s-1990’s with the hope that it was going to be added no later than 2000, but never happened and it would have been long course

Reply to  Dan
1 year ago

I guess some people have still not given up hope –

1 year ago

Geting ready for a slew of 50 underwater with fins videos …

Werner Swimzog
1 year ago

Disqualify this man for using fins and going under beyond 15 m!

Sunday Morning Grind
1 year ago

Real swimmers race a 75 with fins. Not just a 50

Reply to  Sunday Morning Grind
1 year ago

or 316m (video on youtube, not sure I should post it)

Here Comes Lezak
1 year ago

I just got to my fridge in 9.42 so Cody and I both had big days today I guess

Happy Slappy
1 year ago

Oooooh and baseball players hit home runs with corked bats

About Riley Overend

Riley is an associate editor interested in the stories taking place outside of the pool just as much as the drama between the lane lines. A 2019 graduate of Boston College, he arrived at SwimSwam in April of 2022 after three years as a sports reporter and sports editor at newspapers …

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