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We only have to go back five years to find a time when the fastest high school junior in the country in the boys’ 200 butterfly had a time of 1:45.
Swimmers have gotten exceedingly quicker in the event in recent years, with names such as Luca Urlando (1:40.91) and Aiden Hayes (1:41.34) putting up incredibly fast times in their junior years, but still, boys in the 16-17 age range don’t go 1:45 all that often. But last week at the NCSA Spring Championships six of them did it in the same heat.
Rockville Montgomery’s Adriano Arioti, 16, led the way in 1:43.40, dropping over a second off his previous best time of 1:44.72. He was followed by fellow high school juniors Kyle Peck, Logan Robinson, Matt Marsteiner, Diego Balbi and Rian Graham, all of whom went 1:45-point and set personal best times.
Another junior, Poseidon Swimming’s Joshua Fisher, was just shy of cracking the 1:46 barrier in 1:46-flat.
2023 NCSA Spring Championship Final
- Adriano Arioti (Rockville Montgomery) – 1:43.40
- Kyle Peck (Stingrays Swim Team) – 1:45.11
- Logan Robinson (Greater Pensacola) – 1:45.20
- Matt Marsteiner (New Wave) – 1:45.29
- Diego Balbi (Saint Andrew’s Aquatics) – 1:45.36
- Toby Barnett (Rockville Montgomery) – 1:45.85*
- Rian Graham (Machine Aquatics) – 1:45.96
- Joshua Fisher (Poseidon Swimming) – 1:46.00
These performances only bolster the boys’ high school class of 2024’s strength in the 200 fly, which also includes the likes of Cooper Lucas (1:43.44), Drew Hitchcock (1:43.26), Dean Jones (1:46.96) and Chase Swearingen (1:47.92).
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