On day five of the Junior National Championships in Irvine, California, Andrew Seliskar won the 200 IM with a time of 2:00.26. His winning time beat Micheal Phelps‘s 15-16 National Age Group record set in 2001 at 2:00.86. Seliskar was the youngest swimmer in the final heat of the 200 IM.
To put this swim into perspective, at the age of 15, Michael Phelps had qualified for his first Olympics, and finished in fifth place in the 20o meter butterfly. He was the youngest male Olympic Swimmer from the United States since 1932. It was very easy to recognize that Michael Phelps was fast, but very few could have predicted where his career was going to lead him. Phelps is now the most decorated Olympian of all time, and he left behind a long list of records for young swimmers to chase after.
Andrew Seliskar, the 16 year-old from Nations Capital Swim Club beat Phelps’ best time at that age by over half a second. Several young swimmers have been getting closer to Phelps’ records. Justin Lynch broke one of his 100 butterfly records at the World Championships Trials in June. Tonight, Seliskar was not the only swimmer to take down one of Phelps’ NAG records. Michael Andrew, the youngest professional swimmer in USA Swimming history, also broke his 13-14 NAG record in the 200 IM just moments before Seliskar won the event.
It will be very exciting to watch all of these young stars progress throughout their careers.