arena Swim of the Week: 15-Year-Old Tim Wu Hits 1:50.74 200 FR At George Haines International

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Pleasanton Seahawks swimmer Tim Wu continued his steady rise last weekend at the George Haines International meet in California, resetting his best time down to 1:50.74 in the 200 free.

Wu, 15, came into the meet with a best time of 1:50.94, set on March 1 at the Marin Sectionals. On the weekend, he went 1:51.01 in the prelims of the 200 free and then 1:51.22 in the final, placing 3rd behind Luca Urlando (1:48.34) and Pleasanton teammate Luka Mijatovic (1:49.79).

A few days later, Wu took on the 200 free again in a time trial, clocking 1:50.74 for a new lifetime best by two-tenths. The performance slots him into 7th all-time among 15-year-old boys in the United States, while Mijatovic’s swim ranks him 4th.

All-Time Performers, 15-Year-Old Boys’ 200 Freestyle (LCM)

  1. Maximus Williamson (North Texas Nadadores), 1:48.21 – 2022 Junior Pa Pacs
  2. Ian Crocker (Portland Porpoise Swim Club), 1:49.48 – 1998 U.S. Summer Nationals
  3. Dare Rose (Scarlet Aquatics), 1:49.65 – 2018 Junior Pan Pacs
  4. Luka Mijatovic (Pleasanton Seahawks), 1:49.79 – 2024 George Haines International Meet
  5. Thomas Heilman (Cavalier Aquatics/Piedmont Family YMCA), 1:50.34 – 2022 U.S. Junior Nationals
  6. Carson Foster (Mason Manta Rays), 1:50.44 – 2017 U.S. Junior Nationals
  7. Tim Wu (Pleasanton Seahawks), 1:50.74 – 2024 George Haines International Meet
  8. Trey Freeman (Baylor Swim Club), 1:51.00 –2016 NAC Long Course Invite
  9. Oliver Rowe (Nitro Swimming), 1:51.25 – 2022 U.S. Junior Nationals
  10. Gunnar Bentz (Dynamo Swim Club), 1:51.41 – 2011 U.S. Junior Nationals

Wu, who will turn 16 this summer, also moves into 29th all-time in the boys’ 15-16 age group.

In the time trial, he was presumably aiming for the Olympic Trials cut of 1:49.99, falling just three-quarters of a second shy.

He also swam a best time of 3:57.56 in the 400 free at the George Haines meet, ranking him 20th all-time among 15-year-old Americans and 79th all-time in the 15-16 age group.

Coming off his sophomore year at Dougherty Valley High School, Wu placed 3rd in the 100 fly (47.51) and 4th in the 200 IM (1:47.04) at the CIF State Championships earlier this month.

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About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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