WATCH: David Fitch Beats NCAA D3 Record With 46.83 100 Fly With Flip Turns

From Braden Keith‘s earlier report on SwimSwam.com:

KENYON CORONA MEET

  • March 13th-14th, 2020
  • James A. Steen Aquatic Center, Gambier, Ohio
  • SCY (25y) format
  • Results on Meet Mobile – “Kenyon NCAA Invite – Corona 2020”

While the time may never enter the official USA Swimming or NCAA results database, Kenyon junior David Fitch gave a taste of what could have been on Friday.

Swimming at Kenyon’s intrasquad time trial being held this weekend to give their NCAA Championship qualifiers some closure on a canceled season, Fitch posted a 46.83 in the 100 yard fly. That’s a lifetime best for him and undercuts his NCAA Division III record of 46.92 done at last year’s NCAA Championship meet.

For Fitch, who last year won national titles in both the 100 fly and 100 back, the swim won’t officially be an NCAA record. Kenyon has, however, said that they will recognize swims from this weekend as both pool and school records, meaning that the Kenyon school record will be faster than the official NCAA D3 record. Earlier in the day, Fitch swam a 19.75 in the 50 free on a relay leadoff that broke a Steen Aquatic Center record.

Fitch, who comes from the Bluefish Swim Club in New England, came out of high school with a lifetime best of 48.77 in the 100 fly. As a freshman he improved that to 48.34 before really breaking through as a sophomore to set the D3 record.

Last year, Fitch was named the Division III Swimmer of the Year by the CSCAA.

COMPARATIVE SPLITS:

50M 100M FINAL TIME
Old Record 21.74 25.18 46.92
New Record 21.73 25.1 46.83

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Confused
1 year ago

What with finish though?

Andy
Reply to  Confused
1 year ago

yeah–couple tenths there, at least

Sean S
Reply to  Confused
1 year ago

Start looked sloppy too, but he’s got those flip turns on lock.

Swimfan01
1 year ago

Are flip turns allowed

swimcoach
Reply to  Swimfan01
1 year ago

As long as he touched wall with both hands, flip turns are legal.

ACC
1 year ago

Reilly Shields also did flip turns in this. Went 48.54, a 2.5-second drop from his prior best.

Cherantha De Silva of Kenyon also went a 47.04 later in the day.

Thirteenthwind
Reply to  ACC
1 year ago

And Marcus Hong 47.9

R&R
Reply to  ACC
1 year ago

2.5 second drop… wow! I watched the video and saw him freaking out – figured he had a big drop. that is fantastic! I would have freaked out too. 🙂

Baldingeagle
1 year ago

Legendary announcer, Prof Tim Shutt, at the mic.

Bearly Breathing
1 year ago

I just watched this video and ok, I’ll be that guy: There’s no one standing over the lanes on either end of the pool to check touches, turns and finishes, yet Kenyon is allowing these swims to count as pool and/or school records. I don’t mean this as a slight, Mr. Fitch. Your swim is amazing. But I believe this is just a practice swim — albeit a very good one.

Bearly Breathing
Reply to  Bearly Breathing
1 year ago

Yeah you don’t like that do you? So be it. I’m basing my opinion entirely on SS’s reporting that Kenyon will recognize times at this time trial as pool and school records. If true, I believe this runs contrary to Kenyon’s long and distinguished record of excellence in DIII swimming.

Is Kenyon planning on making the presence of officials optional for any future attempts to break the record? If not, you’re holding any future competitors to a different standard.

Fight me.

Ragnar
Reply to  Bearly Breathing
1 year ago

Okay swammer

taa
Reply to  Bearly Breathing
1 year ago

if we were standing face to face I would cough.

Bearly Breathing
Reply to  taa
1 year ago

My toilet paper stockpile and I are unafraid

jgwentworth
Reply to  Bearly Breathing
1 year ago

oh so ur the guy who buys all the toilet paper at the store… makes sense

Dudeman
Reply to  Bearly Breathing
1 year ago

Stop drinking all the hand sanitizer and maybe you wouldn’t need all that toilet paper

N P
Reply to  Bearly Breathing
1 year ago

Ordinarily, I’d agree with you… But I think we may have some extenuating circumstances here.

Sophie
Reply to  Bearly Breathing
1 year ago

I have mixed feelings on this comment.
Although, have you ever been to a college duel meet before? The majority of the time, there is only one official anyway, so this isn’t really different from that.

The Real "Stinky"
Reply to  Bearly Breathing
1 year ago

You stole my name. 💩

Denison Swammer
Reply to  Bearly Breathing
1 year ago

It counts. Get over yourself

Swimmers mom
Reply to  Denison Swammer
1 year ago

Denison University
Women shatter pool, varsity, and post the fastest ever 200 Medley Relay in @NCAADIII history ~ 1:39.37!
Le – 25.97
Kustritz – 26.71
Hopkins – 24.17
Nutter – 22.52

IRO
1 year ago

As a person who barely swam and only enjoys this sport from the couch – are those turns faster? There has to be a point to doing it that way, right?

dewey
Reply to  IRO
1 year ago

Less resistance since your legs are moving more through air than through water?

Reid
Reply to  IRO
1 year ago

Jury’s still out I think but very few people try it. There have certainly been a few college swimmers that have done it and improved and attribute some of the improvements to the turn. It’s hard to see how it could be much better than a really good open turn by someone like Cody Miller. I suspect if it does help it’s only for butterfly as it at least sort of fits the motion of the stroke. Possibly if you have a mistimed long glide it could help regain some kinetic energy.
Also, welcome. Swimming needs more fans coming in from outside the sport.

Reply to  IRO
1 year ago

I dunno about faster but I sure would miss that breath of air on the turns lol

Mellow Mike
Reply to  IRO
1 year ago

If anything, he sure makes it LOOK faster. Comparing his turns with the guy who isn’t flipping, it’s very clear who’s faster.

Cliffords mailman
Reply to  Mellow Mike
1 year ago

That guy doing open turns also had crap underwaters, especially compared to the other two

Swimmer A
1 year ago

Awesome, so cool to see

Kripkenstein
1 year ago

Probably a 46.3 with open turns

Thirteenthwind
Reply to  Kripkenstein
1 year ago

Or with another week of rest.

Last time he used open turns he was a 48 100 flyer.

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