16-Year-Old Matheny Crushes 2:09.40 200 Breast For World Juniors Gold


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If you’ve watched any of the 2019 World Junior Championships, you know that 16-year-old American Josh Matheny has been tearing it up on the breaststroking scene.

The Pittsburgh Elite Aquatics athlete already took silver in the men’s 100m breaststroke here in Budapest, producing a shiny new National Age Group Record of 1:00.17. He also put up a wicked-fast split of 59.31 on the USA’s World Junior Record-setting mixed medley relay earlier this week.

Flash forward to tonight, however, and Matheny ripped perhaps the most impressive outing of his World Junior Championships campaign, clocking a monster personal best time of 2:09.40 to take the title in a new Championships Record time.

Matheny was chasing Japan’s top-seeded Shoma Sato for the majority of the race. When Sato started tightening up the last 25 meters, the American pounced, getting the most out of every last stroke to hit the wall just .16 ahead of Sato.

Matheny’s time of 2:09.40 marks the first time the teen has ever been not only under 2:10, but under 2:11, as he held the American men’s National Age Group Record for 15-16-year-olds previously in 2:11.02. He utterly ripped that to shreds with his performance tonight, overtaking the old meet record of 2:10.19 set by Russia’s Anton Chupkov back in 2015.

The American’s time is also now just .01 away from overtaking the World Junior Record of 2:09.40 held by China’s Qin Haiyang since 2017. With his sub-2:10 swim tonight, Matheny now becomes the 12th fastest performer in American history in this 2breast event.

Splits for Matheny’s former record:

  • 29.69
  • 33.16 (1:02.85)
  • 33.97 (1:36.82)
  • 34.20 (2:11.02)

Splits for Matheny’s new record:

  • 29.47
  • 33.00 (1:02.47)
  • 33.23 (1:35.70)
  • 33.70 (2:09.40)

Of additional note, Matheny’s time now knocks Daniel Roy out of the top 6 for Team USA National Team tracking:

Will Licon 2:07.62
Andrew Wilson 2:07.77
Nic Fink 2:08.16
Josh Prenot 2:08.77
Cody Miller 2:08.98
Daniel Roy 2:09.50

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Also made the national team!


Was just looking that up. Knocks out Daniel Roy into 7th by 0.1




Yep neither Roy or Whitley are on the National Team. They have been coming for a long time but haven’t quite broken into the elite yet.


24.20 last 50 in his old record. Insane!!


I guess he needs to take it out a little quicker if he can come home in a 24.


yeah. looks like he died today or would have had WR 😉


Do the math. 24 was a misprint.


Really?? No way. I mean chalmers backhalf of a 100 is a 24, so I figured a breaststroker could do that too.


You are the only human who does not understand the joke here. Congrats.

Lane 8

You mean 34.20? (by the way checked the splits)

Luis Vargas

24? That would be a world record in the 50 since its a 26 right now? Crappy timing system. Oh wait for it….Fake News!


Seems like the future of American breaststroke is arriving early — this kid is obliterating the 15-16 NAG records


one of many Juniors peircing through this year ,….so happy to see that


Miller may not make it at all


yep , indeed – hard call for 2 or 3 guys there

NW Coach

Don’t sleep on Devon Nowicki. He is 22, about to turn pro and has only ever swam for MLA and Oakland University.

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