Daniel Diehl Swims 1:40.47 200 Back on Night 2 of YMCA Nationals


YMCA of Cumberland’s Daniel Diehl swam a 1:40.47 to win the men’s 200 back on night 2 of YMCA Nationals. That was slightly off his best time of 1:39.62 which he swam in December 2022 at Winter Juniors, but tonight’s swim was his second fastest in the event ever. Diehl won the event by over two seconds as David King (Virginia commit) of Piedmont Family Y touched second in a 1:42.89.

Earning her first of two wins on the night was Leah Shackley who won the women’s 200 back in a 1:51.27. That was a huge best time for the 16-year-old as her previous best stood at a 1:53.45 from December 2022. Shackley won the event by over three seconds as Sarah Rodrigues of North Jersey Bluestreaks Y swam a 1:54.44, also a best time.

Shackley picked up her second win of the night in the 100 fly where she swam a 50.96 becoming the #3 swimmer in the 15-16 age group in the event all-time. Finishing behind Shackley was Emily Thompson of Greater Somerset County Y who swam a 52.51 out touching Angie Coe by 0.01.

Winning the men’s 100 fly was Brendan Whitfield (Lynchburg Y) who swam a 46.26. After swimming a personal best in prelims, Whitfield was able to be almost a second faster here, totaling a personal best time of 2.93 seconds overall. Whitfield is committed to Virginia Tech for fall 2023.

15 year old Sara Czirjak (Piedmont Family Y) won the women’s 200 breast in a 2:13.11. She swam a best time in the morning and dropped a total of 2.91 after her swim in finals. Finishing in second was Tori Brostowitz of Schroeder Y (Tennessee commit) who swam a 2:14.63, just off her best of 2:14.23.

Ethan Schwab (Michigan commit) of Birmingham Blue Dolphins Y swam a 1:56.06 to win the 100 breast in a personal best time. Touching behind him was Kalen Anbar, a Duke commit, who swam a 1:57.04.

After leading the way in prelims on night 1, Greater Somerset County Y earned the win in the girls 200 free relay swimming a 1:31.85. Emily Thompson had the biggest drop of the relay swimming a 22.44 on the anchor. The relay consisted of Anna Moesch, Colleen Bull, Zoe Arakelian, and Thompson. Upper Main Line Y was second as Alexa Fulton, Lily Robinson, Marina Wang, and Flynn Truskett combined for a final time of 1:32.41.

On the boys side, Ridley Family Y won in a 1:20.14. That time set a new YMCA meet and championship record. The relay of comsisdted of Shane Eckler, Jake Kennedy, Jonathon Hoole, and Ben Kutufaris.  Kutufaris (2023) and Kennedy (2024) are headed to the University of Alabama. Touching behind them was York and York Country Y who swam a 1:20.60. That relay consisted of Carlos Hidalgo, Nathan Welker, Jacob Wade, and Will Parker.

Closing the night was Schroeder Y who won both the girls and boys 400 medley relays. The girls team of Emma Lemler, Brostowitz, Alana Berlin, and Lucy Art swam to a final time of 3:38.52 touching ahead of Greater Somerset Y who was second in a 3:40.08.

On the boys side, Schoeder’s relay of Sam Lorenz, Aiden Strath, Brody LePine, and Jack Sullivan touched in a 3:16.36. Notbaly,m Lorenz led off in a best time of 46.90. Piedmont Family Y was second in a 3:17.95.

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8 months ago

It should be 200 breast instead of 100 breast lol

8 months ago

Are results posted anywhere?

Coach Pat
8 months ago

Seems like he is peaking with that YMCA program. He should go to Texas with a real program

Reply to  Coach Pat
8 months ago

High school junior: goes 1:40 in the 200 back
Coach Pat: “washed”

What a time to be alive.

Coach Pat
Reply to  Braden Keith
8 months ago

I have been to the pool where he trains many times – Cumberland MD. Small YMCA team pools are mainly used for teaching young kids how to swim and water aerobics for the elderly. The pool is very shallow at one end and kept at a very high temperature. His training will stay the same with old methods and he will start to fall behind. Especially if he stays put for the next couple years.
Don’t get me wrong, he is still very fast for his age, but he will not have anymore needed improvements for the next years to come…

Gummy Shark
Reply to  Coach Pat
8 months ago

Coach Pat, a lot of people are downvoting, but I know exactly what you mean. When I was a swimmer, I exceled in a YMCA program, but then hit a plateau when I was 15. The water was too hot and the air quality was awful. Once I switched to a USA swimming program, I started dropping time again. It’s only a matter of time before Diehl switches.

Wise giy
Reply to  Gummy Shark
8 months ago

I feel that training at many top tier ymca programs is comparable to usa swimming clubs

James Beam
Reply to  Gummy Shark
8 months ago

You realize he swims at the only pool within a 90 min radius of his house. So, if you want to be his driver and bring him somewhere, I’m sure his folks won’t mind.

Coach Tom
Reply to  Coach Pat
8 months ago

There are plenty of “top” clubs known for producing kids who don’t get any faster in college because they’re either finished products or already burnt out. Seems like this young man is doing just fine where he’s at.

8 months ago

I guess you could say he’s the real—*comically long cane pulls me off stage right*

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