July 30, 2019
Who doesn't love fast swimming? Worlds was full of it - including multiple records being shattered!
Despite being incredibly eventful, the 2019 World Championships weren’t as record heavy as we’ve seen in years past. There were 10 world records fell across nine different events over the eight days of racing, down from 2015 (12) and 2017 (11). In terms of Championship Records, the number fell to 16 after hitting 21 in Budapest.
Regan Smith, despite only being entered in one event, was the only swimmer to earn multiple individual world records.
The 17-year-old first shattered Missy Franklin's 2012 mark in the women’s 200 back in a time of 2:03.35, and then led off the American women’s medley relay in a 100m world record time of 57.57. That relay also set the fastest time in history, making her apart of three WR swims.
Superstar Caeleb Dressel also set multiple world records, doing so in the men’s 100 fly and as a member of the U.S. mixed free relay, and Simone Manuel was on both that relay and the women’s medley with Smith.
Dressel also broke an individual American Record on five separate occasions, hitting personal best times in all four of his individual events (50 free, 100 free, 50 fly, 100 fly).
Yan Zibel of China had five swims that either broke or tied the Asian Record in the men’s sprint breaststroke events, and Ariarne Titmus did some damage by resetting the Oceanic marks in the women’s 200, 400 and 800 free, and was also the lead-off on the world record-setting Aussie 800 free relay (her 200 and 400 were also Commonwealth Records).
We also can’t forget arguably the most mind-boggling swim of the week (perhaps only rivalled by Smith’s 200 back), which was Kristof Milak of Hungary taking out Michael Phelps' world record in the men’s 200 fly. His final time of 1:50.73 was 1.97 seconds than anyone in history not named Phelps had ever been. We still have Nationals and Pan Ams left this summer - go GA Swimming!