Gianluca Urlando Breaks Michael Andrew’s NAG Record in 100 Fly


Swimming in the “C” final last night at the US National Championships, 16-year old Davis Swim Team athlete Gianluca Urlando broke a National Age Group Record in the 100 meter fly, finishing in 18th place overall with a 52.48. That dipped under the National Age Group Record of 52.57 that was set by Michael Andrew in 2015. Andrew finished 3rd in the same 100 fly on Friday.

Urlando doesn’t actually turn 17 until next March, so he’s still got a long time in this age group to chase more records, especially in the short course season.

Comparative Splits:

1st 50 2nd 50 Final Time
Urlando ’18 24.49 27.99 52.48
Andrew ’15 24.36 28.21 52.57

The swim isn’t the one from Urlando that most will remember in the immediate aftermath of this meet; that will come from the 200 fly, where Urlando placed 3rd to ensure his spot on his first senior international travel roster (which right now looks like Pan Ams). In that race, however, he’s running up against the famous Phelps 1:54.58 from 2001 that was also at the time the World Record.

At that same meet, he was just 52.98 in the 100 fly, and wasn’t faster than 52.4 until he turned 18.

Urlando still has entries left in the 100 back and  200 IM.

Urlando’s full results from this meet:

  • 50 fly – DFS
  • 100 fly – 52.48 (18th)
  • 200 fly – 1:55.21 (t-3rd)
  • 200 back – 2:01.61 (28th prelims, scratched final)
  • 400 IM – DFS


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This kid is going places … congrats to him.

Justin Wright

This kid is an absolute badass. I’m both terrified and in awe at what the future holds for United States butterfly


Congrats on 200 fly

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Justin, you’re right!

bobo gigi

Oh no CADWW9GMIT, you have dared! 😆
Mr Wright, congrats on your great 200 fly. But don’t rest on your laurels for 2020. Young Urlando and LeVant push very strong behind. But it’s a good thing for the US men’s 200 fly which looks for another dominant swimmer after MP.
By the way it’s cool to have a star with us to post comments. Imagine if Farris or Andrew did the same! The site would explode in a few minutes! Dear famous swimmers, we welcome you here. Don’t be shy. Don’t worry. We are nice. Almost everybody is nice here. 🙂


Since Conger has made the team does that help Urlando’s chances to make the Pan Pac team?

At the very least, he won’t have to swim-off for a spot! Based on world ranks of the other 3rd placers so far, Urlando should be one of the earlier selected. But he needs a lot of doubles in the next couple days.


Is an article in the works outlining how selection is shaping up after day 3?


Murphy/Dressel/Kalisz are likely going to double up. Andrew could in the 100 breast/50 fly. Zane Grothe has a solid shot. Litherland has an outside shot as well. I hope he gets through.

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