Take aways from the 50 fastest swims for men and women:

  1. Ironman Cozumel was clearly the fastest swim in 2017.  The top 12 male times, and 6 of the top 7 female times were all at Cozumel.  Honourable mention to Ironman Chattanooga, which was a female only pro race in 2017, and had 5 of the top 12 female swim times.
  2. There were 8 different races in the top 50 swims for males, and 18 races in the top 50 swims for female.  This means the fastest males were more likely to have a pack to swim with than the fastest females.
  3. 4 males and 7 females with top 50 swims won the race.
  4. 50 different males are featured in the top 50 swims, while only 41 different females are featured in the top 50.  6 females have multiple results in the top 50.  Kate Comber, Lauren Brandon, and Lucy Charles are each tied with the most results in the top 50 at 3.
  5. Jarrod Shoemaker had the fastest male swim in 39:17, while Alicia Kaye had the fastest female time in 41:49.  Shoemaker was about 6% faster than Kaye.  Both of these times were at Ironman Cozumel.
  6. Lucy Charles and Lauren Brandon are fast, really fast!  If you watched Kona in 2017 this isn’t a surprise.  Besides Brandon, Haley Chura at the Ironman World Championship is the closest any female came to Charles, at 3:15 back, and Brandon had the fastest overall split (male and female) at both Ironman Texas and Ironman Mont Tremblant.
  7. Differences in swim courses have a very significant impact on swim times.  Alicia Kaye had the fastest female swim in 2017 (41:49), but her Kona swim of 53:04 had her 6th out of the water, 4:16 back of Lucy Charles.  Josh Amberger was first out of the water in Kona in 2017, and Amberger beat Sebastian Kienle out of the water by 6:35, but Amberger only had the 48th fastest swim of 2017 (47:09 at Ironman World Championship) while Kienle had the 7th fastest swim (41:36 at Ironman Cozumel).
  8. Andy Potts, who has traditionally been the the standard in mens triathlon, did not feature in the top 50 swim times in 2017.  Potts was 28th out of the water in Kona, towards the tail end of the lead group, and 1:52 behind Josh Amberger at the front of the race.

 

Male

Top 50 SwimAthleteRaceDateSwimBikeRunTotalRace Result
1Jarrod ShoemakerIronman Cozumel26-11-20170:39:174:58:003:15:008:56:3814
2Ivan RanaIronman Cozumel26-11-20170:39:194:31:262:43:417:58:393
3Andrey LyatskiyIronman Cozumel26-11-20170:41:314:42:553:01:498:30:5210
4Michael PooleIronman Cozumel26-11-20170:41:324:35:233:36:568:58:0615
5Stefan SchmidIronman Cozumel26-11-20170:41:334:25:312:47:537:59:444
6Oliver Gonzalez MirandaIronman Cozumel26-11-20170:41:344:58:333:11:368:56:2013
7Sebastian KienleIronman Cozumel26-11-20170:41:364:10:482:51:427:48:111
8Albert Moreno MolinsIronman Cozumel26-11-20170:41:364:36:513:07:518:32:1911
9Alan Carillo AvilaIronman Cozumel26-11-20170:41:374:28:523:06:338:21:149
10Samuel HuerzelerIronman Cozumel26-11-20170:41:384:33:072:52:538:12:236
11Justin DaerrIronman Cozumel26-11-20170:41:394:27:423:05:548:19:288
12Trevor DelsautIronman Cozumel26-11-20170:41:474:28:552:52:168:07:105
13Luiz Francisco Paiva FerreiraIronman Brazil28-05-20170:44:124:39:493:27:288:56:4513
14Harry WiltshireIronman Brazil28-05-20170:44:145:13:513:01:509:05:0516
15Tim DonIronman Brazil28-05-20170:44:164:06:562:44:467:40:231
16Paul MatthewsIronman Brazil28-05-20170:44:214:32:27---DNF---
17Reinaldo ColucciIronman Brazil28-05-20170:44:224:26:582:53:588:10:044
18Igor AmorelliIronman Brazil28-05-20170:44:234:27:202:51:008:06:583
19Fellipe SantosIronman Brazil28-05-20170:44:274:38:052:55:498:23:409
20Barrett BrandonIronman Brazil28-05-20170:44:27------DNF---
21Andreas RaelertIronman Brazil28-05-20170:44:304:27:163:45:599:02:2015
22Michael WeissIronman Cozumel26-11-20170:44:564:12:452:50:477:53:272
23Clayton FettellIronman Australia07-05-20170:45:194:30:403:10:268:30:033
24Michael FoxIronman Australia07-05-20170:45:234:46:252:57:028:32:154
25Lukasz WojtIronman Frankfurt09-07-20170:45:444:26:413:11:288:28:4415
26Thiago VinhalIronman Brazil28-05-20170:45:444:30:082:50:358:11:465
27Jeremy JurkiewiczIronman Italy23-09-20170:45:494:32:312:55:388:21:254
28Raymond BotelhoIronman Cozumel26-11-20170:45:524:30:143:34:388:55:3112
29Ivan RistiIronman Italy23-09-20170:45:544:35:042:57:258:26:156
30Victor ArroyoIronman Cozumel26-11-20170:45:594:35:512:52:388:18:157
31Niclas BockIronman Italy23-09-20170:46:084:32:10---DNF---
32Luis OhdeIronman Brazil28-05-20170:46:184:30:152:51:298:12:456
33Jan FrodenoIronman Austria02-07-20170:46:294:19:452:46:097:57:201
34Matt ChrabotIronman Brazil28-05-20170:46:35------DNF---
35Andreas DreitzIronman Italy23-09-20170:46:524:16:462:51:538:03:271
36Alessandro DegasperiIronman Italy23-09-20170:46:524:30:43---DNF---
37Bryan RhodesIronman Italy23-09-20170:46:555:06:114:02:1210:04:0520
38Georgii KaurovIronman Lanzarote20-05-20170:46:585:30:143:35:399:59:0817
39Philipp KoutnyIronman Italy23-09-20170:47:004:31:143:12:058:37:538
40Maciej ChmuraIronman Italy23-09-20170:47:024:46:433:02:378:44:529
41Brent McMahonIronman Brazil28-05-20170:47:044:29:24---DNF---
42Timo BrachtIronman Italy23-09-20170:47:044:31:053:00:158:25:405
43Peru Alfaro San IldefonsoIronman Lanzarote20-05-20170:47:045:02:272:55:298:52:314
44Stephen BaylissIronman Lanzarote20-05-20170:47:055:14:174:44:3910:52:5823
45Marko AlbertIronman Frankfurt09-07-20170:47:084:17:592:55:068:04:087
46Jens Petersen-BachIronman Italy23-09-20170:47:084:31:042:47:298:12:572
47Ivan TejeroIronman Italy23-09-20170:47:085:14:134:12:5310:26:2821
48Josh AmbergerIronman World Championship14-10-20170:47:094:30:393:25:558:48:1329
49Carlos Lopez DiazIronman Frankfurt09-07-20170:47:104:35:162:59:278:26:5414
50Julian BeuchertIronman Italy23-09-20170:47:114:46:463:11:508:54:5312

Female

Top 50 SwimAthleteRaceDateSwimBikeRunTotalRace Result
1Alicia KayeIronman Cozumel26-11-20170:41:495:05:553:46:029:38:1112
2Anja BeranekIronman Cozumel26-11-20170:41:504:48:503:28:129:03:414
3Rachel McbrideIronman Cozumel26-11-20170:41:524:42:353:47:499:16:277
4Kelly WilliamsonIronman Chattanooga24-09-20170:42:155:37:003:09:069:33:414
5Christine HammondIronman Cozumel26-11-20170:44:495:18:083:21:129:28:4710
6Kirsty JahnIronman Cozumel26-11-20170:44:534:56:313:11:548:58:272
7Steph CorkerIronman Cozumel26-11-20170:44:585:16:083:23:149:29:2511
8Anne BassoIronman Cozumel26-11-20170:45:055:16:013:34:129:41:2113
9Liz LylesIronman Chattanooga24-09-20170:45:135:04:353:10:339:05:331
10Skye MoenchIronman Chattanooga24-09-20170:45:135:16:504:43:1110:51:1110
11Leslie MillerIronman Chattanooga24-09-20170:45:145:28:053:29:019:47:577
12Alyssa GodeskyIronman Chattanooga24-09-20170:46:405:32:073:41:1710:05:579
13Lucy CharlesIronman Lanzarote20-05-20170:47:065:23:293:18:359:35:401
14Haley ChuraIronman Brazil28-05-20170:48:094:55:183:09:308:58:453
15Lucy CharlesIronman Frankfurt09-07-20170:48:294:45:083:13:188:51:502
16Lucy CharlesIronman World Championship14-10-20170:48:484:58:193:08:098:59:382
17Kim SchwabenbauerIronman Chattanooga24-09-20170:48:515:15:013:19:119:28:462
18Lauren BrandonIronman Texas22-04-20170:48:524:53:033:19:259:06:256
19Lauren BrandonIronman World Championship14-10-20170:48:534:58:534:03:269:56:0326
20Celine SchaererIronman Brazil28-05-20170:49:11------DNF---
21Lisa RobertsIronman Cozumel26-11-20170:49:164:59:572:59:198:54:001
22Lauren BrandonIronman Mont-Tremblant20-08-20170:49:345:02:123:30:059:27:274
23Kelly FillnowIronman Chattanooga24-09-20170:49:475:19:233:25:039:40:055
24Fawn WhitingIronman Chattanooga24-09-20170:49:545:23:283:23:489:42:446
25Magali TisseyreIronman Brazil28-05-20170:50:154:58:403:14:129:09:4910
26Nicole ValentineIronman Cozumel26-11-20170:50:285:06:403:18:219:20:189
27Jessie DonavanIronman Chattanooga24-09-20170:50:335:04:503:30:099:31:493
28Susue CheethamIronman Brazil28-05-20170:50:424:53:023:02:418:52:001
29Sonja TajsichIronman Cozumel26-11-20170:51:075:02:163:02:019:00:533
30Kate ComberIronman The Netherlands06-08-20170:51:205:30:393:27:199:55:473
31Rachel McbrideIronman Canada30-07-20170:51:215:06:403:25:459:27:153
32Dede GriesbauerIronman Louisville15-10-20170:51:39------DNF---
33Kaitlin CurbeauIronman Louisville15-10-20170:51:445:31:043:32:1910:03:5411
34Celine SchaererIronman Switzerland30-07-20170:51:455:10:593:15:369:23:021
35Saleta Castro NogueiraIronman The Netherlands06-08-20170:51:495:24:503:14:319:37:171
36Haley ChuraIronman World Championship14-10-20170:52:035:10:473:29:219:37:3118
37Helle FrederiksenIronman Arizona19-11-20170:52:064:50:193:09:098:55:352
38Kate ComberIronman Barcelona30-09-20170:52:065:12:153:30:239:40:5611
39Michelle VesterbyIronman Arizona19-11-20170:52:074:51:483:16:409:04:424
40Katja KonschakIronman Barcelona30-09-20170:52:114:54:403:03:278:57:124
41Judith Corachan VaqueraIronman Barcelona30-09-20170:52:114:56:33---DNF---
42Ewa BugdolIronman Barcelona30-09-20170:52:144:57:473:20:479:15:576
43Annabel LuxfordIronman France23-07-20170:52:195:24:503:14:219:38:312
44Camille DonatIronman France23-07-20170:52:205:49:183:40:4010:29:224
45Daniela SammlerIronman Barcelona30-09-20170:52:254:37:563:20:118:55:113
46Karen ThibodeauIronman Australia07-05-20170:52:2510:14:463:44:4810:14:464
47Kate ComberIronman Lanzarote20-05-20170:52:265:52:143:29:2210:22:346
48Kimberley MorrisonIronman Barcelona30-09-20170:52:284:37:223:37:179:12:495
49Lucie ZelenkovaChallenge Almere09-09-20170:52:295:16:213:20:369:34:025
50Daniela RyfChallenge Roth09-07-20170:52:344:37:343:06:468:40:031

Includes results from athletes that DNF’ed