Beata Nelson Unleashes 49.18 in 100 Back for New American Record

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Wisconsin junior Beata Nelson, fresh off the second fastest 200 IM ever last night, came back Friday night at the NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships with a new NCAA American Record in the 100 back. Nelson swam a 49.18, lowering her NCAA record of 49.67 from the Texas Invite in the fall.

Nelson also broke Regan Smith’s newly minted American Record of 49.66 from Speedo Sectionals earlier this month. Nelson won her second title of the meet this week for the Badgers as they now have three NCAA titles as a program. Nelson and Maggie Meyer have won NCAA titles for Wisconsin, ironically both occurred at the University of Texas.

Nelson was the only one under 50 seconds in the final with Cal senior Amy Bilquist placing second at 50.05, moving up to 10th all-time with that swim. Stanford freshman Taylor Ruck, swimming her second race of the night after getting the runner-up spot in the 200 free, finished third at 50.34, moving up to 12th all-time.

Cal continued its momentum on Friday night as freshman Izzy Ivey placed fourth for the Golden Bears at 50.42. Ivey has been a huge help for Cal this meet, winning the B-Final in the 200 IM last night, and placing sixth in the 100 fly earlier tonight. She is now tied for 13th all-time in this event.

Kentucky’s Asia Seidt (50.68), Michigan’s Maggie MacNeil (50.98), Florida’s Sherridon Dressel (51.03) and Auburn’s Aly Tetzloff (51.33) also placed in the A-Final.

All-Time List:

  1. Beata Nelson, Wisconsin, 49.18 (2019)
  2. Regan Smith, Riptide, 49.66 (2019)
  3. Ally Howe, Stanford, 49.69 (2017)
  4. Kathleen Baker, Cal, 49.80 (2017)
  5. Janet Hu, Stanford, 49.93 (2018)
  6. Natalie Coughlin, Cal, 49.97 (2002)
  7. Courtney Bartholomew, Virginia, 50.01 (2014)
  8. Rachel Bootsma, Cal, 50.03 (2015)
 Event 12  Women 100 Yard Backstroke
=========================================================================
         NCAA: I 49.67  30-Nov-18 Beata Nelson, Wisconsin
         Meet: M 49.70  16-Mar-18 Ally Howe, Stanford
     American: A 49.66  10-Mar-19 Regan Smith, Riptide
      US Open: O 49.66  10-Mar-19 Regan Smith, Riptide
         Pool: P 49.67  30-Nov-18 Beata Nelson
                 50.99  AUTO NCAA A Standard
                 53.94  CONS NCAA B Standard
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Beata Nelson     JR Wisconsin           50.07      49.18A        20  
    r:+0.68  23.76        49.18 (25.42)
  2 Amy Bilquist     SR California          50.56      50.05         17  
    r:+0.69  24.05        50.05 (26.00)
  3 *Taylor Ruck     FR Stanford            50.79      50.34         16  
    r:+0.73  24.49        50.34 (25.85)
  4 Izzy Ivey        FR California          50.88      50.42         15  
    r:+0.75  24.50        50.42 (25.92)
  5 Asia Seidt       JR Kentucky            50.90      50.68         14  
    r:+0.72  24.73        50.68 (25.95)
  6 *Maggie MacNeil  FR Michigan            50.63      50.98         13  
    r:+0.67  24.62        50.98 (26.36)
  7 Sherridon Dress  JR Florida             51.04      51.03         12  
    r:+0.70  25.06        51.03 (25.97)
  8 Aly Tetzloff     SR Auburn              50.96      51.33         11  
    r:+0.65  24.49        51.33 (26.84)
Women - Team Rankings - Through Event 12                 
 
  1. California                        294   2. Stanford                        272.5
  3. Michigan                          207   4. Louisville                        135
  5. NC State                          109   6. Virginia                          106
  7. Southern Cali                     103   8. Minnesota                          99
  9. Tennessee                          98  10. Texas                              96
 11. Indiana                            92  12. Auburn                             84
 13. Texas A&M                        72.5  14. Wisconsin                          64
 15. Arizona                            56  16. Kentucky                         45.5
 17. Florida                            44  18. Arizona St                         35
 19. Georgia                            34  20. UCLA                               31
 21. Arkansas                           29  22. Missouri                           28
 23. South Carolina                   27.5  24. Duke                               27
 25. Ohio St                            21  26. Eastern Mich                       17
 27. Northwestern                       15  28. Florida St                         14
 29. Lsu                                13  30. Kansas                             11
 31. San Diego St                        9  32. Purdue                              7
 32. Penn St                             7  34. Akron                               6
 35. Virginia Tech                       5  36. University of Miami                 3
 37. Notre Dame                          2  37. UNC                                 2
 37. Alabama                             2

14 comments

  1. Brian Culver

    Congrats from WISCONSIN. Still not over the IM

    • Charlene Tallen

      Brian Culver , I know right! She’s on fire

  2. Jaclyn Kile

    Jill Massie-Braun woooo!

  3. Charlene Tallen

    I mean CRAZY fast! Way to go Beata!

  4. Glen Collett

    Silly question 100 yards or meters?