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 ’09||25.26||27.42||27.27||26.72||1:46.67|
|Ethan Young ’12||24.74||27.26||27.71||26.85||1:46.56|