Dolfin Swim of the Week: Anthony Grimm’s 20.87 Backstroke

Disclaimer: Dolfin Swim of the Week is not meant to be a conclusive selection of the best overall swim of the week, but rather one Featured Swim to be explored in deeper detail. The  Dolfin Swim is an opportunity to take a closer look at the context of one of the many fast swims this week, perhaps a swim that slipped through the cracks as others grabbed the headlines, or a race we didn’t get to examine as closely in the flood of weekly meets.

February is a month packed full of fast swimming from the high school level to college and beyond. But Virginia high school sophomore Anthony Grimm cut through the noise last week, stealing headlines with a stellar 20.87 in the 50 backstroke.

Grimm led off Oakton’s 200 medley relay at the Virginia 6A state championships, hitting what is believed to be the fastest high school 50 back of all-time. Grimm’s 20.87 is faster than unofficial American record-holder Ryan Murphy was as a senior in high school. Murphy went 21.09 at Florida’s state meet in 2012. He would go on to go 20.20 swimming for Cal in college in 2016 – that is the fastest 50 backstroke on record, though the event doesn’t hold official American or NCAA records.

Most men’s college teams haven’t yet had their conference championships. But at the SEC meet this week, the only collegiate swimmer faster than Grimm’s time was Alabama’s Zane Waddell at 20.22. Only one other SEC swimmer was under 21: Georgia’s Javier Acevedo at 20.95.

You can see race video here:


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