Youssef Ramadan (43.15) And Josh Liendo (43.40) Become #2 And #3 100 Fly Performers Ever


We saw a thrilling showdown in the 100 fly final at the 2023 NCAA men’s swimming and diving championships, with Virginia Tech’s Youssef Ramadan touching the wall first in a time of 43.15 to become the second-fastest performer in history and 0.35 seconds behind Caeleb Dressel‘s NCAA record. Meanwhile, runner-up Josh Liendo of Florida swam a 43.40 and is now the #3 performer all-time.

Ramadan breaks his own ACC record time of 43.90 set at 2022 NCAAs. In addition, his win marks Virginia Tech’s first-ever individual NCAA title. Liendo’s best time prior to this race was his 43.80 from prelims, which beat out his pre-meet PB of 44.11

All-Time Top Performers, Men’s 100-Yard Fly:

  1. Caeleb Dressel, Florida — 42.80 (2018)
  2. Youssef Ramadan, Virginia Tech — 43.15 (2023)
  3. Josh Liendo, Florida — 43.40 (2023)
  4. Andrei Minakov, Stanford — 43.71 (2022)
  5. Joseph Schooling, Texas — 43.75 (2017)

Liendo was out 0.07 seconds faster than Ramadan at the 50-yard mark, but Ramadan’s back half was a whooping 0.43 seconds quicker than Liendo’s. Compared to Dressel’s NCAA record, Ramadan was 0.22 seconds slower on the front half and 0.13 seconds slower on the back half.

Splits Comparison, Ramadan vs. Liendo vs. Dressel:

Youssef Ramadan, 2023 NCAA Championships (#2 performer all-time) Josh Liendo, 2023 NCAA Championships (#3 performer all-time) Caeleb Dressel, 2018 NCAA Championships (NCAA Record)
50y 20.21 20.13 19.99
100y 22.94 23.37 22.81
Total 43.15 43.40 42.80

See video of the race below via SwimSwam’s YouTube channel.

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2 months ago

Imagine being close to a Dressel record but still being overshadowed by Marchand swimming a 3:28 right before you. This meet is nuts.

K Chilly
2 months ago

Considering who is #1 and how close they were… wow. If Liendo stays in the NCAA and continues on his trajectory that 42.8 is not going to last much longer.

Reply to  K Chilly
2 months ago

Or the guy who just went 43.1 and still has maybe 2 years breaks it

Reply to  K Chilly
2 months ago

Crazy cause Liendo said in an interview that as soon as he got to Florida he was eyeing the Dressel records. After one year it already seems realistic

2 months ago

Post his interview!

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