Held Earns Two National Titles, Breaks Meet Record

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It was a record setting day for Ryan Held on Wednesday, July 31, as the Springfield native put down the best time ever at the US National Championships in the 100 meter freestyle.

Held set the record in Stanford, CA, with a time of 47.39, .43 seconds off the overall American record, set by Caeleb Dressel six days earlier in Gwangju, Korea. The top three finishers all broke 48 seconds, with Maxime Rooney finishing second and Tate Jackson finishing third with times of 47.61 and 47.88.

During his heat race, the North Carolina State grad broke the old meet mark for the first time with a 47.43. Held's time broke the old meet record of 47.58, set by Jason Lezak in Omaha, NE, in 2008.

Held also won the 50 meter freestyle, held on Sunday, Aug. 4, posting a personal-best time of 21.88 in his heat race to take the top spot, then following that up with a 21.87 to beat out Robert Howard and Bowe Becker by .13 seconds in the final.

In between the two wins, Held also finished fourth in the 100 meter butterfly on Aug. 2. Held would have the eighth best heat time with a mark of 52.35, then shaved two tenths off that time to finish in fourth with a time of 52.15.

Held, who swam in the 2016 Olympic Games, is the grandson of  Marge and the late Daisy Held of Raymond.

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