Erika Brown Breaks American Record in 100 Butterfly at SEC Championships (RACE VIDEO)

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Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Tennessee senior Erika Brown got within a finger nail of the 100 butterfly NCAA record on Thursday night at the SEC Swimming and Diving Championships in Auburn, Alabama as she swam a 49.38. Brown just missed the 49.26 record that is joint-held by USC’s Louise Hansson and Michigan’s Maggie MacNeil, but she was able to break the American record that was a 49.43 set by Kelsi Dahlia in 2016.

Both MacNeil and Hansson are still in the NCAA and if Brown elects too swim this event at nationals, it will be one of the can’t-miss races of the NCAA Championships. Brown is now third all-time in the 100 butterfly and wins her third straight SEC title in the event.

Alabama sophomore Rhyan White finished in the runner-up spot with a 50.80 as she got under 51 seconds for the second time today. Florida senior Sherridon Dressel (51.20) finished in third place as the Gators are still in the hunt for the team title.

Tennessee picked up a good amount of points from Brown and sophomore Trude Rothrock (51.60), who finished fourth in a tie with Kentucky’s Izzy Gati (51.60).

Alabama’s Flora Molnar (51.94), Georgia’s Dakota Luther (52.04) and South Carolina’s Christina Lappin (52.32) also swam in the championship final.

This is the second American record to fall this week at the SEC Championships as Florida’s Kieran Smith broke the 500 record last night. Erika Brown also nearly broke the 50 freestyle American record last night in winning the SEC title at 21.03 to put herself second all-time.

American Record Progression – Women’s 100 Butterfly

  • 49.38, Erika Brown, 2020
  • 49.43, Kelsi Worrell, 2016
  • 49.81, Kelsi Worrell, 2015
  • 49.89, Kelsi Worrell, 2015
  • 50.01, Natalie Coughlin, 2002
  • 50.67, Natalie Coughlin, 2002
  • 51.18, Natalie Coughlin, 2001
  • 51.34, Misty Hyman, 1997
  • 51.75, Misty Hyman, 1998
  • 51.75, Crissy Ahmann-Leighton, 1992
 Event 18  Women 100 Yard Butterfly
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         NCAA: N 49.26  12/6/2019 L. Hansson & M. MacNeil, USC & Michigan
     SEC Meet: S 49.85  2/15/2019 Erika Brown, Tennessee
         Pool: P 50.62  3/21/2003 Natalie Coughlin, California
                 50.92  A
                 53.76  B
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Brown, Erika J   SR Tennessee           50.39      49.38SA       32  
    r:+0.63  10.52        22.83 (12.31)
          35.79 (12.96)       49.38 (13.59)
  2 White, Rhyan E   SO Alabama             50.97      50.80 A       28  
    r:+0.66  11.05        23.84 (12.79)
          36.90 (13.06)       50.80 (13.90)
  3 Dressel, Sherri  SR FLOR                51.60      51.20 B       27  
    r:+0.64  10.93        24.01 (13.08)
          37.46 (13.45)       51.20 (13.74)
  4 Gati, Izzy G     SO Kentucky            52.02      51.60 B       25.5
    r:+0.65  11.23        24.15 (12.92)
          37.99 (13.84)       51.60 (13.61)
  4 Rothrock, Trude  SO Tennessee           51.53      51.60 B       25.5
    r:+0.64  10.84        24.03 (13.19)
          37.61 (13.58)       51.60 (13.99)
  6 Molnar, Flora    JR Alabama             52.32      51.94 B       24  
    r:+0.66  10.72        23.79 (13.07)
          37.43 (13.64)       51.94 (14.51)
  7 Luther, Dakota   SO Georgia             51.99      52.04 B       23  
    r:+0.69  11.31        24.46 (13.15)
          38.12 (13.66)       52.04 (13.92)
  8 Lappin, Christi  SR South Carolina      52.27      52.32 B       22  
    r:+0.73  10.95        24.24 (13.29)
          37.86 (13.62)       52.32 (14.46)
Women - Team Rankings - Through Event 18                 
 
  1. Tennessee, University of, Knox    553.5   
  2. University of Florida             488.5
  3. Kentucky, University of           404.5   
  4. Texas A&M University              387
  5. Auburn University                 383   
  6. Georgia, University of            354
  7. University of Alabama             331.5   
  8. Missouri                          237
  9. University of Arkansas            215  
 10. South Carolina, University of,    207
 11. Louisiana State University        171  
 12. Vanderbilt University              90

4 comments

  1. Bill Thompson

    Women’s NCAA Champs! Great battle.