Aikins Breaks Tie with Pebley for #7 All-Time Fastest 17-18 200 Back

2021 U.S. OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS

Before this morning, 18-year-old Jack Aikins from SwimAtlanta had not yet broken 2:00.00 in the 200 back. After crushing his lifetime best in prelims with a time of 1:57.57, Aikins shaved .07 off that to become the 7th all-time fastest 200 backstroker in the 17-18 age group.

UVA commit Aikins had the fastest 100 meter spit (56.18) and he brought home the race in 1:01.39 for a final time of 1:57.50. After prelims, he was tied with 2016 Olympic finalist Jacob Pebley for #7 out of the all-time fastest 200 backstrokers in his age group, and this shattered that tie.

Pebley’s 2012 age group time now ranks him #8. The names ahead of Aikins include current World Record holder Aaron Peirsol, five-time Olympian Michael Phelps, 2016 Olympian Jack Conger, and 2016 gold medalist Ryan Murphy.

The current list of that all-time fastest 17-18 year-olds in the event shows:

All-Time Boys’ 17-18 200 Backstroke Rankings (LCM)

  1. Aaron Peirsol, 1:55.15 – 2002
  2. Michael Phelps, 1:55.30 – 2004
  3. Jack Conger, 1:55.47 – 2013
  4. Ryan Murphy, 1:55.87 – 2013
  5. Austin Katz, 1:56.70 – 2017
  6. Michael Taylor, 1:56.78 – 2016
  7. Jack Aikins, 1:57.50 – 2021
  8. Jacob Pebley – 1:57.57 (2012)
  9. Connor Green, 1:57.60 – 2014
  10. Wyatt Davis, 1:58.18 – 2019

Aikins finished in 5th place overall to qualify for the final. His lifetime best time going into this meet was 2:00.77 from the April Pro Swim Series in Mission Viejo.

Cal’s Ryan Murphy, who won gold in both the 100 and 200 back at the 2016 Olympics, won the race with a time of 1:55.60 and a .66 lead over the field.

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