Ethan Young Breaks Murphy’s NAG Record in Georgia

  45 Braden Keith | December 09th, 2012 | Club, Featured, National, News

Add another National Age Group Record to the tally for what has been an unbelievable weekend of junior swimming in the United States, as 14-year old Ethan Young of the Carpet Capital Aquatics Club broke Ryan Murphy’s 13-14 200 yard backstroke National Record on Sunday at the Georgia Senior State Championships.

Young swam a 1:46.56, bettering the 1:46.67 that Murphy swam in 2009 at Winter Juniors.

Young took his race out very quick as compared to Murphy’s old record. What was so surprising about this swim is how much of a time drop it was. Coming into the weekend, his best time in the race was a 1:51.0; then in Knoxville on Saturday at Junior Nationals, he was a 1:52.29.

Then, suddenly, after traveling back to Georgia in time for morning prelims, almost 6 seconds came off and he had a record. He finished 2nd to Gunnar Bentz (1:46.05). How that time came off so quickly is a big mystery, though perhaps the 1:52 on Saturday was motivation to come back to Georgia and swim the meet on Sunday at all. His coach, Charles Todd, made some impressive adjustments overnight, specifically on working with Young’s streamlines, which he credited for the difference.

That’s the third of Murphy’s NAG Records that were broken this weekend, after his 15-16 50 went down (to two different swimmers) and his 17-18 100 back record went down to Jack Conger.

The comparative splits are below:

Ryan Murphy ’0925.2627.4227.2726.721:46.67
Ethan Young ’1224.7427.2627.7126.851:46.56

 

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  1. Ben says:
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    how do you drop 6 seconds in one day…

  2. SWIMMER says:
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    He is 14. Those things happen.

  3. goonsquad says:
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    kid looks like a squid

  4. bobo gigi says:
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    The most incredible thing is that there’s again a new face to follow in the American backstroke industry. It’s amazing. Congrats to Ethan Young. The future USA olympic trials on backstroke will be epic. I pick Ryan Murphy and Jack Conger in the 2 races. Ok, it’s not difficult to predict.

  5. Charles Todd says:
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    Impressive swim to witness…

  6. Bobbyz says:
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    Wow. A little inconsistent. Huge difference a day makes

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    The Usa on backstroke has no worries to have for the next 2 olympics at least ! love this

  8. PBRFridays says:
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    I’m extremely suspicious of this kid. His hair is not nearly chorline-bleached enough.

  9. Chris DeSantis says:
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    By the way that photo was definitely taken at Georgia Tech, not in Knoxville. Those are the GT diving towers in the background.

  10. Marley09 says:
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    What a great name for a swim club! Who wouldn’t be intimidated stepping onto the blocks and seeing a Carpet Capitol Aquatics swim cap beside you?

  11. aswimfan says:
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    His braces make him more streamlined!
    Someone needs to ban tooth-braces!

  12. SWIMNATZI says:
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    The SWIMNATZI says he must be part German.

  13. SWIMNATZI says:
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    He could have used ancient” helium” treatments to create less drag….

  14. Knox Auerbach says:
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    I see Ethan at some pretty big meets and he’s more than deserving of this. Nice friend and a great person. He’s fast and his coach is phenomenal. No doubt that he tore it up at this meet, watched as he took it out fast and held it to get the NAG. What’s with all the hate on a 14 year old kid?

  15. bobo gigi says:
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    It’s sometimes scary to read some comments.

  16. Gator says:
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    Perhaps he swam this event off of motivation after his poor preformance at Jrs. I believe that this was a breakout meet for this young man, and hope to see much more from him.

  17. Toddly86 says:
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    I heard Poseidon is his dad and his mom is a mermaid, all I know is the kids fast

  18. Jaystorm741 says:
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    Ethen Young has skills dat kills.

  19. danceingmonkey777777777777777777777777777777777777777777777777 says:
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    did u hear that he has a pet dolphin.

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