Curtiss Becomes 3rd American 17-18-Year-Old Under 22-Second Barrier In 50 Free


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  • Duna Arena, Budapest (Hungary)
  • Pool swimming: Tuesday, August 20 – Sunday, August 25, 2019
  • Heats 9:30am GMT+2 (3:30 am EDT / 12:30 am PDT)/ Semifinals and Finals 5:30pm GMT+2 (11:30am EDT / 8:30am PDT)
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17-year-old David Curtiss of the United States busted out the swim of his life tonight in Budapest, producing the first sub-22 second 50m freestyle of his young career. Entering these World Junior Championships, the Hamilton Y Aquatics star held a personal best of 22.25 in this sprint event, a time he put up just weeks ago at the U.S. Summer Nationals.

This morning in the heats here at Duna Arena, Curtiss claimed the top seed in a new PB of 22.16, inching closer to the 22-second barrier. The next closest prelims swimmer was Ukraine’s Vladyslav Bukhov, who hit the wall in 22.29.

With designs on a run at the gold, however, Curtiss blasted a semi time of 21.95 to land lane 4 and join the 21-club, becoming just the 3rd American aged 17-18 to do so. Curtiss’ time ranks #3 behind Olympian and World Champion Caeleb Dressel‘s National Age Group Record for 17-18 of 21.53 at the 2015 U.S. Nationals. Michael Andrew ranks #2 in this age group with his mark of 21.75 that won gold at this same meet 2 years ago.

Also of note is the fact that Curtiss has now raced his way onto the USA National Team with his 21.95 evening swim. His time bumps Robert Howard and Bowe Becker off the list, as the pair were tied in the 6th slot with a time of 22.00.

Caeleb Dressel 21.04
Michael Andrew 21.62
Ryan Held 21.87
Nathan Adrian 21.87
Michael Chadwick 21.95
Robert Howard (T-6) 22.00
Bowe Becker (T-6) 22.00

Curtiss still has the final yet to go to drop potentially even more time and take a spot on the 50m free podium.

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The Kraken
1 year ago

Anyone have a video link?

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  The Kraken
1 year ago

You got that right!

We Have A Hulk
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1 year ago
Reply to  We Have A Hulk
1 year ago

Wow his turnover is way lower than I expected. Reminds me of Popov level DPS

1 year ago

Go get that meet record in finals…

1 year ago

Why isn’t Caeleb dressel’s time from 2015 count as the Junior World Record?

Reply to  Pabst
1 year ago

Because the WJR system is dumb

Reply to  Pabst
1 year ago

With FINA rules he turned 19 that calendar year.

Reply to  Pabst
1 year ago

Despite being slightly contradictory, two perfectly agreeable comments

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