Nic Fink Beats His 50 Breast American Record by Three Hundredths in Upset of Shymanovich

FINK Nic CAC Cali Condors (CAC) ISL International Swimming League 2021 Match 7 day 1 Piscina Felice Scandone Napoli, Naples Photo Giorgio Scala / Deepbluemedia / Insidefoto
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Nic Fink Beats His 50 Breast American Record by Three Hundredths in Upset of Shymanovich

In Energy Standard’s final ISL playoff match, Energy Standard teammates Ilya Shymanovich and Felipe Lima went 1-2 in the men’s 50 breast, and in both races, the team ended up scoring 37 points and blanking all three other teams. Shymanovich also tied the 50 breast world record last month with a 25.25 at the European Short Course Championships. But in the ISL final, Cali Condors’ Nic Fink pulled off a stunner as he beat Shymanovich to the wall by nine hundredths — and broke his own American record in the process.

Fink finished in 25.72, three hundredths faster than the 25.75 he swam in last year’s ISL final. Shymanovich, meanwhile, finished in 25.81. This was the second time that Fink had beaten Shymanovich on the day after an earlier win in the 200 breast, but given Shymanovich’s speed and power, this win was much more surprising than Fink’s comeback victory over eight lengths previously.

Lima claimed third in 25.95, while the rest of the field was eight tenths back. Fink jackpotted four swimmers for a 19-point jackpot, taking many of the points that Energy Standard had counted on securing. That allowed Cali to maintain a 12-point lead over Energy.

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