by Casey Barrett
In the tradition of ESPN’s Web Gems, introducing Sick Splits… And what better place to start than Day One at NCAA’s?
You love this stuff, you know you do. I do. It’s shamelessly swim geek, but whatever. If you’ve been in it, you know how exciting it is. These are numbers that make your pulse race. The crazy ass relay splits that bend time and make you text your friends frantically… Here’s tonight’s first edition:
4.) 40.45 – Vlad Morozov, USC, 100 free split on 4×100 medley relay, prelims. 18.9 to the feet… Yeah, Jesus.
3.) 43.48 – Tom Shields, Cal, 100 fly on medley relay, finals. The. Best. Swimmer. In. College.
2.) 17.86 – Vlad Morozov, USC, 50 free split on 200 free relay, finals. What the fuck?
1.) 49.56 – Kevin Cordes, Arizona, 100 breast on medley relay. No, seriously, what the fuck? When I texted this to my friend, Adam, he wrote back: “The greatest yards swim ever.” It might be.
So, there you have it… Sick Splits, Vol. 1.