The HardCoreSwim of the week goes to Ryan Hoffer of Chaparral High School in Arizona, who broke a National Age Group record in the 50 free at the Arizona high school state championships this past weekend.
With Florida high-schoolers and top-tier NCAA recruits Joseph Schooling and Caeleb Dressel in action last weekend, it would have been easy for high school state championships in other states to fly under the radar. Meets in states like Arizona, for example.
But after Ryan Hoffer’s crazy 50 freestyle performance, under-the-radar was out of the question.
Hoffer’s time of 19.55 is incredibly impressive. And it becomes even more so when you find out that he’s only 15 years old and a current high school freshman.
He dropped a quarter of a second off of all-star Florida senior Caeleb Dressel’s former 15-16 National Age Group record, and Dressel’s swim was almost unbelievable back when he first set the record. Crazier still is that Hoffer is 15, and a young 15 at that – he’s still got over a year-and-a-half to lower that mark even further.
Swimming club with Scottsdale Aquatic Club under coach Kevin Zacher, Hoffer has been a man on fire as of late.
In an event where size and strength mean so much, for a high school freshman to go a time that would have placed him top-ten at the men’s NCAA finals is certainly a hard-core swim.
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