Dean Jones Adds 200 Yard Fly NAG Record for 11-12 Age Group

Magnolia Aquatic Club 12-year-old Dean Jones has extended his age group 200 fly dominance, adding a 200 yard fly National Age Group (NAG) record to his identical long course meters NAG from the summer.

Jones swam at the Gulf Age Group Championships over the weekend in College Station, Texas, winning seven individual events. His times across the board were outstanding for his age group, but the 200 fly was the record-breaker, taking down a three-year-old NAG record. Jones went 1:55.39 to win the event, topping the 1:56.05 from Winn Aung in 2015 that was the previous 11-12 NAG record.

Here is video of the swim, courtesy of Blanche Jones:

Back in July, Jones broke the long course meter NAG record in the 200 fly in 2:11.07. That record had also stood since 2015. He’s listed in USA Swimming’s long course NAG records as “Gary Jones.”

Jones also had four more swims that will crack the top 10 in age group history in those events. His 100 fly, 100 free, 200 free and 500 free will all break into top 10 status.

Here’s a look at Jones’ other swims from the Gulf Age Group Championships:

Event Time
Rank in 11-12 History
200 fly 1:55.39 1st
100 fly 53.07 5th
500 free 4:46.23 6th
200 free 1:46.73 7th
100 free 48.86 T-10th
100 back 54.07 12th
200 back 1:59.03 24th

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5 years ago

I was actually in the background of this watching dean everyone was so happy for him

Alex S.
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5 years ago

Me too. I got out of lane 2 after dying in the mile (lol) and ended up behind his lane watching it. It was an amazing sight to see in my opinion.

5 years ago

Honestly I swim against him he is the nicest most humble guy you will ever meet never talks about his own speed always says good job after the race. I really hope he goes to the olympics someday he deserves it

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5 years ago


5 years ago

The 200 strokes for 11-12s only started to be recognized in the early 2000s for NAG record purposes so great swims before 2000 were never recognized. I can think of a few that were faster than the listed NAGs for a while. Beth Botsford and Lauren Stinnett swim 215s 200 meter backs when they were 12 at juniors in an epic battle. The other one I am aware of is the 11-12 boys 200 fly. Chas Morton swam a 156 low at the SE age group championships in 1983. He swam in the senior age group and finished in the top three. (He also swam with the seniors for the 100 Fly and went the amazing time that is still… Read more »

Reply to  Teamwiess
5 years ago

The 400 IM and distance frees, too – can personally vouch for girls’ 400m IM 😉

5 years ago

1:55 at 12. . . I would love to go that time, and I have a few years on him to say the least lol. . . Well done Dean! Keep it up!!

Honest Observer
5 years ago

He looks like a 12 year old version of Dean Farris.

The Ready Room
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5 years ago

It’s uncanny!!

Reply to  Honest Observer
5 years ago

Somewhere out there is a Dean machine…

5 years ago

Dean. Glad I have that as a middle name

5 years ago

Here we go…

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