Daniel Diehl Whacks Another 13-14 National Age Group Record: the 100 Yard Back

KA Closed Invite

  • October 16-18, 2020
  • Keystone Aquatic Center, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
  • Short Course Yards (25 yards)
  • Results on Meet Mobile: “KA Fall Closed Invite”

14-year old Daniel Diehl has continued his October roll by breaking another National Age Group Record on Saturday at the KA Closed Invite.

Swimming in the 13-14 boys’ 100 yard backstroke, Diehl touched in 47.44, which cut almost four-tenths of a second off Michael Andrew’s 13-14 record of 47.83 set in 2014.

Splits Comparison:

Michael Andrew Daniel Diehl
Old Record – 2014
New Record – 2020
1st 50 Yards 23.34 22.83
2nd 50 Yards 24.49 24.61
Final Time 47.83 47.44

Diehl went out with an electric 22.83 opening split, and while he didn’t close as well as Andrew did, that opening mark was enough to land with the record.

For a sense of just how good that time is, the 38th finisher (last legal finisher) at the 2019 NCAA Championships JOey Reilman of Tennessee was 47.38 – only 6 hundredths faster. Diehl’s opening 50 was better than 2 swimmers at that same NCAA Championship meet, and he’s only 14.

Diehl’s time took a second-and-a-half off his own personal best in the event.

Last weekend, Diehl broke the National Age Group Record in the 200 yard free by a second-and-a-half, swimming 1:36.75. He also swam the 2nd-fastest 100 yard free in 13-14 boys’ history with a 44.31.

So far this weekend, he’s added a new best time in the 50 free as well (20.38), and is scheduled to swim the 100 free and 100 fly on Sunday. That 50 free time moves him to 5th-place all-time in the 13-14 age group:

  1. Michael Andrew – 19.76
  2. Ryan Hoffer – 20.02
  3. Daniel Krueger – 20.28
  4. David Curtiss – 20.29
  5. Daniel Diehl – 20.38

Diehl swims for the Cumberland YMCA in Maryland.

 

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Pags
11 months ago

Sometimes you just gotta got at a 100 “Leeeeroyyy Jennkkinnss” style. Occasionally, it even pays off like it did here.

swimfan210_
11 months ago

Rough video: https://www.facebook.com/keystoneswims/videos/625939701425187/
Starts around 2:02:40
Congratulations Daniel! Impressive swim.

Last edited 11 months ago by swimfan210_
William
Reply to  swimfan210_
11 months ago

That video is insane. He’s going so fast – it looks fake

swimgeek
Reply to  swimfan210_
11 months ago

For the love of Pete, we have a 14-yr-old child going 47.4 in 100 bk — please tell me this “video” is not the only footage of this race!

swim2
Reply to  swimgeek
11 months ago

someone better record his 100 free tomorrow

Billy Howard
11 months ago

I’m a Michael Andrew fan, but how often do you see the phrase “didn’t close as well as Andrew did”.

swimfan210_
Reply to  Billy Howard
11 months ago

He probably faded a lot on the back end of the 100 IM today

swim2
Reply to  Billy Howard
11 months ago

Michaels endurance wasn’t as bad back then as now. he was really good at the 4im, idk if he can even swim that anymore

Billy
11 months ago

Criminy, this young man is incredibly fast. Is he big for his age? His times are ridiculous!

swimgeek
11 months ago

Amazing — congrats to Daniel. How tall is this kid?

ITK
Reply to  swimgeek
11 months ago

6’1”-ish

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  swimgeek
11 months ago

Does it matter? FFS, he’s still 14.

Free Thinker
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
11 months ago

yes, it does. At this age, sometimes being the fastest ever means being the biggest, strongest kid at this age ever – not necessary the “best swimmer”. Some 14 year olds post times beyond their years times because they are physiologically adults. I don’t think the question takes away from his accomplishment, but history shows us early success isn’t indicative of long term success.

nuotofan
Reply to  Free Thinker
11 months ago

Strange that many Usa swimming fans didn’t watch Diehl’s fantastic 200 free Nag: https://swimswam.com/daniel-diehl-sets-new-13-14-nag-record-in-200-yard-free/
He isn’t the physically strongest kid even in this race; on the contrary, one of the slimmest. Really amazing that he’s so fast.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Free Thinker
11 months ago

There are actually few examples of what you’re saying. It’s a myth. For every Chas Morton, there are a bunch more Olympians in the 13-14 age group. The LCM record book from 2018 on looks like a who’s who of U.S. national teamers and/or Olympians (Phelps, Peirsol, Jenson, Andrew, Whitley, Vassallo) and the SCY has a large number of National teamers in the top 10 all-time. In SCY, Ian Crocker’s at #11 in the 200 free, Ricky Berens is top 4 200 fly. Seliskar, Murphy, Conger, Katz, Bentz, Cordes, Rooney, Greishop, Phelps, Shields, Urlando, Klueh, Foster, Gravers, Moffet, Cavic, Wharton —- it goes on and on. Of all those, only Andrew, Whitley, and Grevers were oversized, and they all have… Read more »

Free Thinker
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
11 months ago

LOL. It is FAR from a myth. In fact, even according to ASCA, its not a myth. Check out their records on the number of 13-14’s in the top 100 of all time who go on to have a top time as 17-18. Hell, even the 15-16 age group top 100 of all time, 50%+ will not be in the top 100 all time as 17-18. Its far worse the younger you go. You’ve named statistical outliers, particularly with Phelps and Peirsol.

Check this out:

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Free Thinker
Reply to  Braden Keith
11 months ago

As with all debates, if both parties aren’t even addressing the same issue, nothing is ever agreed upon.

Derp on me.

Probably worthwhile to at least look at the SCY records for 13-14 since this is where the record was set. It was the MA show mostly with a few other names in there, but not the same calibre as LCM.

What we can agree on is that this is a ridiculous time for the age and everyone will watch him with much interest moving forward.

Bob
11 months ago

44.00 100 free

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