15-Year-Old David Curtiss Posts 19.75 50 Free at Y Nationals


Tri-Hampton YMCA’s David Curtiss won the men’s 50 free tonight at the 2018 YMCA Short Course National Championships, posting a personal best of 19.75. Curtiss, a 15 year old, was the only swimmer under 20 seconds, and shed .22 seconds off his previous best of 19.97. He was off Ryan Held‘s YMCA National Record of 19.52, but he did move up from 9th all-time for 15-16 year olds to 5th. He also moved up from 4th to 2nd all-time for 15 year olds. Ryan Hoffer is the only 15 year old to have gone faster, leading off a relay in 19.54 when he was 15.

The runner-up in the event was 15 year old Jack Alexy, who went a personal best of 20.11. That moves him up from outside the all-time top 100 for 15-16 (previous best 20.58) all the way up to a tie for 20th with Albert Gwo. It also moved him up to 9th in the all-time rankings for 15 year olds.

Here is the new all-time top 10 for 15-16 boys:

1 Michael Andrew 19.24
2 Ryan Hoffer 19.38
3 Jack Dolan 19.62
4 Drew Kibler 19.66
5 David Curtiss 19.75
6* Caeleb Dressel 19.82
6* Will Davis 19.82
8 Dylan Carter 19.94
9 Griff Ayotte 19.96
10 James Jones 19.99

Here is the new all-time top 10 for 15 year old boys:

1 Ryan Hoffer 19.54
2 David Curtiss 19.75
3 Jack Dolan 19.89
4 Michael Andrew 19.97
5 Drew Kibler 20.02
6 Matt Brownstead 20.08
7* Thomas Anderson 20.10
7* Jack Walker 20.10
9 Jack Alexy 20.11
10 Adam Chaney 20.21

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2 years ago

Matt Brownstead, Jack Alexy, and David Curtis all swam that fast this year, and all live relatively close to each other.

2 years ago

So proud of Jack ❤️

2 years ago

For those of us watching him swim in Middle Atlantic Swimming, it’s nice to see his performance recognized here.