(Race Video) Paul Powers Blazes To Big Ten Record 18.85

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Michigan’s Paul Powers became the fourth swimmer to recently break 19 seconds in the men’s 50-yard free with an 18.85 blastoff at the 2016 Big Ten Men’s Championships.

Original 50 free report:

Defending champion Paul Powers had set the pace this morning with a swift 19.03. Everyone in the building was wondering if he could get under 19 at night and he smashed the barrier with an 18.85. Powers became the fourth person in the nation this year to break 19 seconds after NC State’s Ryan Held and Simonas Bilis broke the barrier at ACCs earlier tonight. The other was Florida sophomoreCaeleb Dressel. Powers is also a sophomore and these two could provide the next great sprint rivalry in USA and/or NCAA Swimming. Indiana sophomore Ali Khalafalla was second at 19.27 and Purdue senior Adam Johnston was third at 19.61.

 

 Event 5  Men 50 Yard Freestyle
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  Meet Record: ! 19.03  2/25/2016 Paul Q Powers, Michigan-MI
      B1G Rec: @ 18.95  3/27/2014 Derek Toomey, Minnesota
         Pool: # 19.03  2/25/2016 Paul Q Powers, Michigan-MI
                 19.18  A
                 20.19  B
    Name            Age School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
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                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Powers, Paul Q   20 Michigan-MI         19.03      18.85@A       32  
     r:+0.63  9.12         18.85 (9.73)
  2 Khalafalla, Ali  19 Indiana-IN          19.30      19.27 B       28  
     r:+0.64  9.44         19.27 (9.83)
  3 Johnston, Adam   22 Purdue-IN           19.58      19.61 B       27  
     r:+0.70  9.48        19.61 (10.13)
  4 McHugh, Matt J   20 Ohio St-OH          19.64      19.62 B       25.5
     r:+0.51  9.46        19.62 (10.16)
  4 Tavcar, Anze     21 Indiana-IN          19.69      19.62 B       25.5
     r:+0.69  9.53        19.62 (10.09)
  6 Chen, Jason      20 Michigan-MI         19.65      19.65 B       24  
     r:+0.61  9.39        19.65 (10.26)
  7 Becker, Bowen T  18 Minnesota-MN        19.68      19.68 B       23  
     r:+0.70  9.57        19.68 (10.11)
  8 Clifton, Cannon  21 Wisconsin-WI        19.71      19.74 B       22  
     r:+0.54  9.50        19.74 (10.24)
12 Comments

12 comments

  1. Scott Simmer

    Bryce Kampfe Jake Tovey shoutout

    • Dave Hoover

      No, an 18.23 is insane…..

    • Ryan Rager

      ^ Exactly. That .5 sec difference is huge!

    • Jin Kian

      ^^ indeed . I wonder how much effort they put to achieve this kind of timing

  2. Jin Kian

    Yeap . That record is insane

  3. avatar
    Bill Bel

    Sand here I thought the Bug Ten wuz nuthin’ but a bunch i’ plow horses — studentbidynrute, studentbidynkeft,mtgree tards and a cloud I’ dust.

    Eighteen- eight? Who,knew?

    Congratulations, P- squared, now take down Dresel and be tite first in the 16s.

    Greats Wim!

  4. Phil Sundahl

    Geez NCAA 50 is going to be a race of beauty

  5. Joy Hamborg

    Wes Hamborg Paul just keeps getting faster!

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