Daniel Branon Breaks Phelps’ 200 Fly Record, NBAC Boys Smash 37-Year-Old Record

by Hannah Close 6

April 12th, 2023 Club, News

2023 Maryland 14 & Under Championship Meet

  • March 2-5
  • Aquatic Center at the Michael P. O’Brien Athletics and Recreation Center | St Mary’s, MD
  • SCY (25 yards)
  • Full Results
  • MD LSC SCY Records

Several North Baltimore Aquatic Club swimmers made history at the Maryland LSC 14 & Under Championships on March 2-5. They were led by 14-year-old Daniel Branon, who not only took down swimming-phenom Michael Phelps’ LSC age group record, but also helped his 400 medley relay team crush a 37-year-old LSC record.

In the last session of the meet, Branon annihilated the 200 fly field by over 11 seconds, posting a 1:49.76 and breaking Phelps’ 23-year-old record. The previous mark, a 1:49.97, was set right before Phelps’ break out year in 2001. At the 2001 World Aquatics Championships, he became the youngest male to break a world record, breaking the 200-meter fly at only 15 years old. 

Branon won every event he swam–save for a DQ in the 200 IM–and picked up several top-20 rankings in the nation for 13-14 boys, his highest ranking being 3rd in the 200 fly. 

Earlier in the meet, Branon joined teammates Charlie Lakatta, Spencer Belbot and Justin Roberts to take down the 13-14 Boys 400 Medley Relay LSC record, one set previously by Chris Desmarais, Mike Haynes, Blake Porch and Chris Colburn in 1986 with a 3:38.09.

They beat the field by over 10 seconds thanks to a quick 50.85 fly leg from Branon, a time that was faster than the majority of freestyle legs in the field, and a solid 1:00.48 breast leg by Belbot. 

Belbot, only 13 years old, won both of the individual breaststroke events. He also posted multiple top-20 national rankings for his single-age age group; his highest ranking is currently 8th with a 9:50.25 1000 free.

Team Scores

Top-5 Combined

  1. North Baltimore Aquatic Club – 5091.5
  2. Columbia Aquatics Association – 2081
  3. Naval Academy Aquatic Club – 1766
  4. Eagle Swim Team – 1720.5
  5. SPRC Stingrays – 1440

Top-5 Girls

  1. North Baltimore Aquatic Club – 2512.5
  2. Columbia Aquatics Association – 1043.5
  3. Monocacy Aquatic Club – 940
  4. Naval Academy Aquatic Club – 846
  5. Eagle Swim Team – 842

Top-5 Boys

  1. North Baltimore Aquatic Club – 2579
  2. Columbia Aquatics Association – 1037.5
  3. Naval Academy Aquatic Club – 920
  4. Eagle Swim Team – 878.5
  5. SPRC Stingrays – 753.5

Other Highlights:


  • Fox Swim Club’s Maddie Devine, 10, won every one of her individual swims and picked up a pair of top-20 rankings in the country for 9-10 Girls. Her 1:06.79 100 back currently sits 13th and her 59.01 100 free 20th.
  • 11-year-old Willa Kulp of NBAC took gold in two of her individual events. Beating the field by 4 seconds, Kulp took 1st in the 200 fly with a 2:19.04, a time that ranks her 10th among other 11-year-olds in the nation. Kulp’s second 1st place finish was in her last event of the meet, the 400 IM. Her speedy 4:49.91 currently ranks her 5th in the nation for her single-age age group.
  • NBAC’s Julia Rommel, 13, won the 200 back with a time of 2:04.07, beating the field by over 1.5 seconds. Her night swim and prelims swim of 2:03.30 both land top-20 among other 13-year-olds in the country. She is currently ranked 10th from her 2:02.45 at the MD NBAC Christmas Invitational Meet in December. Rommel took 2nd place in 6 of her 7 other individuals.
  • Shannon Conway, a 14-year-old for NBAC, won every event she swam at this meet. Her 10:08.57 1000 free is currently ranked 14th in the country for 13-14 Girls. 


  • Henry Knott of Bel Air Athletic Club, only 9 years old, won all but two of his individual events and posted a 1:08.49 in the 100 fly, a time that ranks him 6th in the country for 9-year-olds. What is most notable about his efforts is that this meet was prelims/final for 10 & unders.
  • Jude Burkhart of NBAC, at only 11 years old, walked away with three individual wins: the 200 back, 200 IM and 400 IM. Burkhart smoked his competition in the 400 IM with a 4:36.09, a 12 second drop from his seed time. To put that time into perspective, the next fastest 11-year-old boy in the field was 5:08.35. That time ranks him 4th among other 11-year-olds in the country, and his 2:08.11 200 back sits 2nd. All but one of his swims from this meet are ranked top-20 in the country for his single-age age group. 
  • Naval Academy Aquatic Club’s Nolan Rider took gold in the 11-12 Boys 200 back with 2:08.11, a massive 17 second drop from his seed time that he swam back in January.

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5 months ago

The Phelps record that he broke was from Jan 2000, not 2001. I would say that was his true break out year as he made the Olympic team at age 14.

Reply to  BigNowhere
5 months ago

I think phelps was 15 when he qualified

Gummy Shark
5 months ago

His older brother is a freshman at Texas, I’m excited to see Daniel there too one day!

5 months ago

don’t forget he was 1.49.00 at ISCA just last weekend, still 14

5 months ago

phelps first broke the 200 fly record at 2001 nationals in 1:54.92, he broke it again at world’s the following year at 1:54.58

Reply to  whoisthis
5 months ago

Both were in 2001.