2016 U.S. WINTER NATIONALS
- Live Results
- Wed. Nov 30 – Sat. Dec 3, 2016
- Georgia Tech McAuley Aquatic Center, Atlanta, GA
- 25 yard course
- Live Stream
- Day 2 prelims heat sheets
Tom Shields took the “free” in freestyle very literally at U.S. Winter Nationals, swimming the entire race butterfly and putting up what is believed to be the fastest flat-start 50 yard fly in history.
Shields went 20.10, beating two swimmers (swimming freestyle) in the heat and placing 6th nationally. The time is also the fastest on record according to USA Swimming’s database. The problem, of course, is that USA Swimming’s database doesn’t include the first 50 splits from 100 flys, which are sometimes among the fastest 50s in history. (In fact, the fastest 50 breast we know of was the 23.58 put up by Kevin Cordes on the opening split of his 100 breast at 2014 NCAAs).
Here’s the best list we could pull together of the top 5 50 fly splits or times in history from a flat start. The fastest relay split in history is a 19.36 from Texas’s NCAA and Olympic champ Joe Schooling last season.
- Tom Shields (2016 Winter Nats) – 20.10
- Joseph Schooling (2016 NCAAs) – 20.46*
- Austin Staab (2009 NCAAs) – 20.56*
- Tripp Cooper (2014 NCAAs) – 20.68*
- Andrew Seliskar (2015 NCSA Jrs) – 20.69
*Indicates 1st 50 split of a 100.
The full event recap, from our live recap by Lauren Neidigh:
MEN’S 50 FREE
- Bowen Becker, Minnesota, 19.67
- Jacob Molacek, Greater Omaha Aquatics, 19.69
- Sam Lorentz, Indiana, 19.70
Minnesota’s Bowen Becker broke the Hoosier streak in the men’s events, winning the 50 free in 19.67. Just 3 hundredths separated the top 3 places, with Jacob Molacek taking 2nd in 19.69. Indiana’s Sam Lorentz barely missed out on keeping the Hoosiers’ streak alive, taking 3rd in 19.70.
15-year-old Jack Dolan from Rockwood Swim Club broke 20 seconds for the first time tonight. Before today, his best time was a 20.53. In tonight’s race, he blew that away with a 19.86 to finish 5th. That makes him the 4th fastest 15-16 swimmer of all time, and he sits just .04 behind Caeleb Dressel in those rankings.
After taking the top seed in prelims, Tom Shields decided to mix it up by swimming butterfly in the final tonight. Shields narrowly missed breaking 20 seconds to finish 6th in 20.10.