David Curtiss Breaks YMCA National Record in 50 Free on Day 4


16-year old David Curtiss swam a 22.64 in the 50 free on Thursday evening at the YMCA Long Course National Championships. Besides winning the YMCA National Championship, the swim validates the 21.96 relay split he recorded on the Hamilton Area YMCA’s 10th-place 200 medley relay earlier in the meet.

I done at a different meet, the swim could have earned him a spot on the US Junior Pan Pacs team. He didn’t swim at US Nationals, but that does make him the 2nd-fastest 16-year old in the country so far this year. Only Adam Chaney of the Mason Manta Rays, who swam a 22.52 in a swim-off at Nationals, has been faster this year in the age group.

His swim took down the old Meet Record of 23.02 done by Joe Bonk in 2012.

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15-year old Jack Alexy took 2nd in 23.19, and Henry Schutte from the Rapid Area YMCA took 3rd in 23.34. That’s the same finish order as the short course YMCA Nationals in the spring.

Curtiss also took 2nd in the 50 fly in 25.22, with 18-year old Ridgewood YMCA swimmer Colton Phelps beating him to the wall in 25.08.

Other Day 4 Results

  • Abby Doss won the girls’ 400 free in 4:17.80, doubling-up on her win in the 200 free from earlier in the meet. She used that 200 speed to open up a lead early, and by that point only Powel Crosley’s Lucy Callard was within r each of her. Doss pulled away in the last 100, splitting 1:04.93 over that last lap to win by more than two seconds. Callard was 2nd in 4:20.16.
  • In the boys’ 400 free, Josh Cohen had a two-second margin on the field, but Matt Fallon, who’s already showed his closing speed previously in this meet, reeled him in over the last 100 yards. Fallon had a closing 50 split of 27.88, almost two seconds better than Cohen, but Cohen’s early work held up for a win in 3:57.94. Fallon finished 2nd in 3:58.71.
  • Megan Glass from Blue Ash won her 2nd butterfly event on Friday with a win in the 50 in 27.66. That time is additional 20 points, adding to an earlier victory in the 100 fly and a runner-up finish in the 200 free, toward high point honors. She’s the 2nd seed in the 200 fly on Friday behind only Shannon Jelley.
  • Jessie McMurray, who broke the Meet Record in the 50 breaststroke on Wednesday, won the 100 breaststroke on Thursday in 1:11.67. That left her just 4-tenths of a second away from a 9-year old record in the meet set by KC Moss in 2009 – one of the oldest YMCA National Records still standing.
  • Adam Sherman from Powel Crosley won the boys’ 100 breaststroke in 1:05.45. Billy Regan was 2nd in 1:06.28.
  • Darlene Fung of the Fanwood Scotch YMCA, who a s far as wew can tell is still uncommitted, won her best event, the 50 free, in 26.31. That beat out Glass, who finished 2nd in 26.55, and Aubrey Chandler, who was 3rd in 26.59. Fung, who is a rising high school senior, has not yet reported her college commitment to SwimSwam.
  • The Cheshire YMCA team of Mia LekoAlexandra TylerElizabeth Boyer, and Sophie Murphy combined to win the women’s 800 free relay in 8:26.69. Glass made yet another appearance in this relay, and had the fastest split of the field in 2:04.53. Leko had the fastest leadoff split in 2:05.06.
  • Somerset Hills won the boys’ 800 free relay in 7:43.75, with a team of Lukas Scheidl, Billy Fallon, Dylan Wachenfeld, and Jack Alexy. Scheidl had their fastest split, via the leadoff, in 1:53.98. He was the only swimmer in the entire field who was under 1:54.

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bobo gigi
5 years ago

That’s fast. Why he wasn’t at US nationals? He could make the junior pan pacs team.

Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

He recently switched teams from Tri-Hampton Y in PA to Hamilton Y in NJ.

5 years ago

That was a FAST start!

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