Now that results for the meet are posted I have an Answer for you – Derya Büyükuncu. Not exactly a household name here but he’s a pretty big deal in Turkey. He is a backstroker and butterflyer that has represented Turkey 4 times in Olympic competition. Derya swam the 100m back in :53.62 in Santa Clarita which is slightly more than 1 second slower than Aaron Peirsol’s gold medal winning time in Beijing. Derya didn’t swim as fast in China however. He went :55.43 in the 100m back, finished 30th and failed to make it to the semi-finals. He also swam the 200m back in the Olympics and finished 22nd.
I love that I can go to a masters meet and swim with a 4 time Olympian and also people 60 years older than me… how cool is that?