Hunter Armstrong Breaks Michael Andrew’s Junior Nationals 100 Back Meet Record


Eighteen-year-old Hunter Armstrong just squeaked under Michael Andrew‘s 100 back meet record Friday night at the 2019 U.S. Junior National Championships in Palo Alto, California.

Armstrong, representing Canton City Schools, won the event in 54.97 (26.41/28.56). Andrew set the previous meet record in 2015 in 54.99.

Heading into August, Armstrong’s lifetime best in the 100 back was 56.40, from late July. At the 2019 U.S. National Championships just last week, he dropped over a second, going 55.33. He was 55.14 in his first swim Friday.

Ryan Murphy holds the 17-18 national age group record at 53.38, but Amstrong’s massive time drop over the last two weeks leaves him tied with Drew Kibler at No. 15 in the age group’s history.

Armstrong, a West Virginia commit who won the 100 free earlier in the meet, was also slated out of prelims Friday to swim in C-final of the 200 free but scratched out to focus as the top seed in the 100 back. He was seeded 82nd heading into the meet in the 200 with a 1:55.62 and dropped 2.36 seconds.

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Could he have made the world junior roster with this time?


No. Will Grant(54.57), Wyatt Davis( 54.73), and Adam Chaney (54.96) were faster at Sr Nats.

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