Collin Davis of Club Kick Start in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, has broken the US Deaf Swimming Records in both the 200 and 500 yard freestyles.
Swimming at last week’s Winter 18 & Under Championships site hosted by the TAC Titans in Cary, North Carolina, Davis swam a 4:35.83 in the 500 yard freestyle. If that swim is ratified, it would break his old US Deaf Swimming Record in the event of 4:38.23 – set in August at his first meet back to competition after coronavirus quarantines eased.
US Deaf Swimming recognizes Matthew Klotz’s 4:44.97 as the current American Record on the listing on their website, but those records are notoriously out of date.
At the same meet, Davis swam 46.33 in the 100 free, 1:40.61 in the 200 free, 50.03 in the 100 back, 1:49.57 in the 200 back, and 50.01 in the 100 fly, all of which were also new personal best times.
Davis is a current uncommitted high school junior. He represented the United States at the 2019 World Deaf Swimming Championships, where he finished in the top 8 of 10 different events. That includes a high-finish of 4th as the anchor of the American 400 free relay, as well as individual 5th-place finishes in the 800 free (8:52.04) and 50 backstroke (27.90).