Andrew Seliskar Breaks Michael Phelps’ 15-16 200 Meter IM NAG Record

  20 Tony Carroll | August 09th, 2013 | Club, Junior Nationals, National, News

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.

You can read about Michael Andrew’s record breaking swim here. 

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Off topic but world record for Mireia Belmonte Garcia in the 800 free in SCM in 7.59.34. First girl under 8 minutes.

Spain’s swim program has taken a big leap in 2013! Good for them!

We’ll have our little Phelps vs Lochte in the next years with Bentz vs Seliskar. 🙂
Great rivalry to come between these 2 guys.

Bentz did not look too happy after the 200 i.m.; guess second place does not sit too well for him 😉 (not that it should)

He’s a champion and hates to lose.

Phelps vs. Lochte existed only in 2011 and half of 2012…

You’re right. Michael has always beaten Ryan in the big world meets until 2011. I talked in terms of rivalry for the media.

Phelps had just turned 16 when he set that record which is pretty amazing.Think of how back to breast turn/pullout has gotten faster (one downward kick) since he originally set the record in 2011.
Great job by Seliskar and Bentz,it was a fun race to watch.


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The writer formerly known as "Troy Gennaro", better known as Tony Carroll, has been working with SwimSwam since April of 2013. Tony grew up in northern Indiana and started swimming in 2003 when his dad forced him to join the local swim team. Reluctantly, he joined on the condition that …

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