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

From Braden Keith‘s earlier report on


  • 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.


Old Record 21.74 25.18 46.92
New Record 21.73 25.1 46.83

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1 year ago

What with finish though?

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.

1 year ago

Are flip turns allowed

Reply to  Swimfan01
1 year ago

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

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.

Reply to  ACC
1 year ago

And Marcus Hong 47.9

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. 🙂

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