Nic Fink Crushes 100 Breast American Record, Takes Down Shymanovich Again in ISL Final

FINK Nic CAC Cali Condors (CAC) ISL International Swimming League 2021 Match 7 day 2 Piscina Felice Scandone Napoli, Naples Photo Giorgio Scala / Deepbluemedia / Insidefoto
Cali Condors' Nic Fink -- Photo Courtesy: Giorgio Scala / Deepbluemedia / Insidefoto

Nic Fink Crushes 100 Breast American Record, Takes Down Shymanovich Again in ISL Final

The king of breaststroke over the course of this ISL season has been Ilya Shymanovich, who set the world record of 55.28 his final tune-up for the ISL final. But during day one of the final, Energy Standard’s Nic Fink upset Shymanovich twice, first in the 200 breast and then in the 50 breast. Then, in their final showdown Saturday, Fink was two tenths down at the halfway point, 25.92 to 26.13, but then he pulled dead-even on the third length. Coming into the wall, Fink had just enough to get ahead of Shymanovich by three hundredths at the finish.

Fink touched the wall in 55.56, while Shymanovich finished in 55.59. In the process, Fink crushed his American record of 56.16 and became the third-fastest performer ever in the event behind Shymanovich and Adam Peaty.

Energy Standard’s Felipe Lima touched third in 57.55, but Cali Condors got another boost from Kevin Cordes finishing fourth in 57.55. The rest of the field was jackpotted, and because Fink got the touch over Shymanovich, so he ended up with 19 points. Combined with Lilly King’s win in the women’s 100 breast, Fink’s upset gave Cali its first lead of the day by five points over Energy.

“We knew we needed some big swims to catch up on those points, so I’m happy I could put it up for the team,” Fink said. “That was a big PB for me. I knew I had to swim fast. This is the ISL final. I knew I had to pull something out to get my hand on the wall first.”


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