WUSTL Sophomore Brandon Lum Stuns, Breaks D3 Record in 200 Fly

Division III Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships

Men’s 200-yard Butterfly – Final

  • NCAA DIII Record: 1:44.93 3/20/2015 Alex Anderson, Mary Washington
  1. Brandon Lum, SO Wash U 1:44.56
  2. Bouke Edskes, FR MIT 1:45.69
  3. Carlos Colmenares, FR NYU 1:47.13
  4. Christian Baker, SR Emory 1:47.65
  5. Jonathon Zimdars, SO Kenyon 1:47.84
  6. Ian Rainey, JR NYU 1:47.92
  7. Mitchell Riek, SO CMU 1:48.92
  8. Samuel Spurrell, JR Amherst 1:49.74

Washington University in St. Louis sophomore Brandon Lum stunned the crowd with a huge swim in the final of the men’s 200 fly, breaking the NCAA Division III record by .37 with his winning 1:44.56. Lum came into the meet seeded fourth with a personal-best 1:48.59 that he achieved at the Miami Invitational in Oxford, Ohio, in December 2016.

As a high school senior, Lum’s best time was 1:52.03. A freshman at 2016 NCAAs, he went 1:50.15 in prelims to qualify 14th for the B final. The first time he broke 1:50 was at the 2016 Miami Invitational, passing 1:49 altogether and landing at 1:48.59.

In prelims this morning, Lum took 2.26 seconds off his seed time and led the morning qualifiers with 1:46.33. Tonight he lowered his personal best by another 1.77 seconds, and took down the division record in the process. In both of Friday’s swims, Lum took his races out aggressively. He built up a two body-length lead by the 150 turn, and then held on for dear life as the field narrowed the gap over the final 50.

Here are his prelims and finals splits, versus the old Division III record:

Brandon Lum, WUSTL, 2017 NCAAs Brandon Lum, WUSTL, 2017 NCAAs Alex Anderson, Mary Washington, 2015 NCAAs
3/17/17(f) 3/17/17(p) 3/20/15
24.08 24.08 23.84
50.08 (26.00) 50.43 (26.35) 50.90 (27.06)
1:16.64 (26.56) 1:17.68 (27.25) 1:18.05 (27.15)
1:44.56 (27.92) 1:46.33 (28.65) 1:44.93 (26.88)


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Anne Lepesant

Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swim/swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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