A goal of mine for many years now was to break the American Record in the 200 Yard Freestyle. This past weekend at the American Short Course Championships I accomplished that goal, swimming a 1:31.31 to break my good friend and former teammate David Walters record of 1:31.72.

Eddie Reese and Kris Kubik have had me training great the past couple weeks, and I knew I could have some very fast swims this weekend, but did not know how fast. We have been training incredible well, but I didn’t want to taper for the meet so we decided on a three day drop taper starting Monday. I also decided to shave down the afternoon of the race. Because of some earlier travel plans, I would not be able to swim the entire meet over the weekend and had to make some changes to my schedule. I planned on swimming the 500, but wanted to take it out for a 200 time. Also swam the 200 prelims, but wanted to take that out for a 100 time. In the end, it all worked out perfectly!

Swimming in lane 8 of the 500 free was a very odd way to be going after an American Record, but I knew all I needed was a lane to swim in. I have always been able to swim a great last 100 of the 200, so I when I heard on the loud speakers that I was out in 44.89 I knew I had to do exactly what I have been training to do to break the record. Touching the wall in 1:31.3 and accomplishing that goal was huge, but I know I can be so much faster. Since I was racing for a 200 time in a 500 I had to finish the entire race, and not going to lie it was the hardest 300 I have ever done. At the 400 mark I actually thought I was going to puke. Here’s the only video we got of the race footage. Thanks to Charles at the TSC for capturing this!

A big shout-out to my coaches for preparing me for that race, my teammates for pushing me and making sure I was going to break that record Thursday night, and Sam Kendricks on the announcing. He’s become a great friend of mine and has called a number of my best races. I could hear him the whole 200 free during that race!

I guess it is a good thing I didn’t retire after London, I have so many more goals to accomplish and this is just the start. Thank you guys for all the support!