18-Year-Old Chaney Swims 44.99 in 100 BK, Now #2 All-Time Behind Murphy


At the 2021 SEC Men’s Championships, Florida freshman Adam Chaney put up two of the fastest 100-yard backstrokes in 17-18 age group history. Earlier in the meet, Chaney became the 4th 18&U swimmer to break 19 seconds in the 50-yard free.

First during prelims Chaney put up a 45.44, smashing his previous lifetime best of 47.10 from 2019. Then in finals, Chaney nabbed SEC runner-up with another lifetime best at 45.29. At the time, that ranked Chaney as the 3rd-fastest 17-18 swimmer in 100-yard back history. That is until Chaney turned around and led off Florida’s winning 400 medley relay.

Chaney led off the relay in a blistering 44.99, splitting 21.38/23.61. That now makes Chaney the second 18&U swimmer to break 45 seconds in the 100 back. He is now No. 2 all-time in age group history only behind Olympic champion Ryan Murphy (44.63).

All-Time 17-18 Boys Rankings – 100 BK SCY

  1. 44.63, Ryan Murphy, 2014
  2. 44.99, Adam Chaney, 2021
  3. 45.05, Nic Albiero, 2018
  4. 45.32, Jack Conger, 2012
  5. 45.34, Austin Katz, 2017

In the 200 medley relay, Chaney led Florida’s winning relay off in a 20.72 backstroke leg, which is the 15th-fastest 50 back relay split in history. Chaney and the Florida Gators currently lead the team scores with 961.5 points over Georgia (881) and Tennessee (655).

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10 months ago

improves every swim, goes to Florida, goes sub 19 as a freshman, and is extremely versatile. I wonder who else is like this…

10 months ago

This has been some of the fastest swimming all around since November.

10 months ago

What were his high school times? I haven’t seen much talk about them

NC Fan
Reply to  DCSwim
10 months ago

He was awesome but swimming in the shadow of some kids named Foster.

Reply to  DCSwim
10 months ago

His 50 was at a 19.6 from the Ohio High School Champs. 100 free was a 43 (I believe) and his 100 back was a 47.1 as stated in the article. He split 19.0 on one or two relays with the Foster brothers too.

Reply to  FlyNDie
10 months ago

Dude went 47.9 LC relay split at Junior Worlds in 2019. He’s a massive talent with big implication for Team USA internationally. He might just turn some heads at Trials in June — he obviously translates to LC

10 months ago

When does he turn 19? If he’s still 18 come NCAA, he could potentially break both Dressel’s and Murphy’s NAGs

Reply to  Swimmer
10 months ago

I think right before the summer starts

Reply to  Swimmer
10 months ago

I saw somewhere that his birthday is late March

10 months ago

looks like he almost went past 15 on his walls. cutting it close

Foreign Embassy
10 months ago

I’m loving this fast freshman class. So many ‘what if’s.’ Makes me wonder…had destin lasco not committed to Cal first, would Adam have chosen cal instead of Florida? We know Urlando chose Georgia early, but had he chose Stanford or Cal since they’re closer, would destin ended up at Georgia or Florida? Foster was a gimme for Texas since his bro went there, but had the brother committed to Florida first, would he have followed? What if Magahey chose Indiana instead or Georgia? So many what if’s! But the future is very bright for this class. Can’t wait to see what happens.

Reply to  Foreign Embassy
10 months ago

Cal is not for everyone academically. And that’s ok. But…Cal is not for everyone academically.

Foster bro did commit to Cal or Stanford first, then changed his mind. Little bro was definitely going to follow big bro wherever he went.

Coach Mike 1952
10 months ago


10 months ago

In regards to the Adam Chaney kid, as Eddie Reese used to say, “Golly day!” The Mason Manta Rays and Mason High School are gettin’ it done and doing damage!

Last edited 10 months ago by Guerra

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