Jacoby, Howley, And McCarty Hit Unofficial USA SCM Junior Records In Berlin

2021 FINA WORLD CUP – BERLIN

A contingent of American juniors made the trip to Berlin, Germany to race at the first leg of the 2021 FINA World Cup and will also be racing at the second stop in Budapest, Hungary, from October 7 – 9. The 2 meets give the group a rare opportunity to race in short course meters as the majority of meets in the USA run in either short course yards or long course meters.

Ahead of the first meet, in anticipation of some quick swims from America’s leading 18&Unders, we compiled a list of the fastest short course meters swims in history by juniors from the USA. Some popular names such as Michael Phelps, Missy Franklin, Lilly King, and Regan Smith popped up on the list of unofficial records. The oldest mark on the books came from sprint legend Antony Ervin who swam a 21.21 world record in the SCM 50 freestyle at the 2000 NCAA Championships (one of the 2 years that the meet was held in that course).

As expected, the first stop of the FINA World Cup featured some impressive swims and over the course of the 3-day meet, a total of 4 of our unofficial American junior SCM records had fallen.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic gold medalist in the 100 breaststroke Lydia Jacoby was responsible for downing two of those marks. In her now-signature 100 breaststroke, Jacoby swam a 1:05.58 for third place in the prelims, getting under the 1:06.32 that Lilly King put up in 2014 at a FINA World Cup meet. Jacoby improved upon that time in the final when she hit a 1:05.20 for a bronze medal. While Jacoby became the quickest American junior in the history of that event, she was actually slower than her LCM best time in the event which is a 1:04.95 from her gold medal-winning swim in Tokyo.

Jacoby also raced the 50 breaststroke in Berlin, first notching a 30.88 during prelims to miss King’s mark in that event of 30.13. In the final, however, Jacoby came back with a 30.04 for the silver medal which made her the quickest USA junior in that event as well. While she now holds 2 of the official marks, Jacoby is only 17 years old and has until February 2023 until she ages up, leaving us to wonder how much more she could lower them before she ages up.

Jacoby’s teammate Tess Howley was actually the first swimmer to set one of these unofficial records in Berlin when she swam a 2:06.09 to win gold in the final. That swim for Howley was nearly 2 seconds quicker than her prelims swim of 2:08.02 and marked an improvement upon the 2:06.17 that former record-holder Mary Mohler (neé DeScenza) set in 2002.

Howley was joined on the podium by fellow American junior Charlotte Hook who actually also cleared the mark by Mohler with her 2:06.15.

Finally, Quintin McCarty became the only man to lower one of the US junior records during the 50 backstroke final when he threw down a 23.64 for the bronze medal. That was fast enough to take out Michael Taylor‘s mark of 23.84 in the event which he posted at the 2016 World Swimming Championships.

Considering Jacoby, Howley, and McCarty’s record-breaking swims over the weekend, take a look at the current state of the unofficial USA short course meters junior national records heading into the Budapest meet:

Unofficial 18&U USA Short Course Meters Records – Men

EVENT SWIMMER TIME AGE YEAR COMPETITION
50 freestyle Anthony Ervin 21.21 2000 18 2000 NCAA Division I Championships
100 freestyle Andrew Seliskar 47.61 2014 18 Ontario Junior International 2014
200 freestyle Kieran Smith 1:43.30 2018 18 2018 FINA World Swimming Championships
400 freestyle Andrew Abruzzo 3:44.17 2017 18 FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup 2017
800 freestyle Sean Ryan 7:47.50 2010 18 2010 FINA World Swimming Championships
1500 freestyle Sean Ryan 14:46.38 2010 18 2010 FINA World Swimming Championships
50 backstroke Quintin McCarty 23.64 2021 17 FINA World Cup 2021
100 backstroke Ryan Murphy 50.91 2012 17 2012 FINA World Swimming Championships
200 backstroke Ryan Murphy 1:48.86 2012 17 2012 FINA World Swimming Championships
50 breaststroke Michael Andrew 26.39 2016 17 2016 FINA World Swimming Championships
100 breaststroke Michael Andrew 58.07 2017 18 FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup 2017
200 breaststroke Andrew Seliskar 2:05.59 2014 18 Ontario Junior International 2014
50 butterfly Michael Andrew 22.87 2017 18 FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup 2017
100 butterfly Michael Phelps 51.11 2003 18 FINA Swimming World Cup
200 butterfly Andrew Seliskar 1:51.96 2014 18 Ontario Junior International 2014
100 IM Michael Andrew 51.65 2017 18 FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup 2017
200 IM Andrew Seliskar 1:54.56 2014 18 Ontario Junior International 2014
400 IM Michael Phelps 4:06.28 2003 18 FINA Swimming World Cup

Unofficial 18&U USA Short Course Meters Record – Women

EVENT SWIMMER TIME AGE YEAR COMPETITION
50 freestyle Abbey Weitzeil 24.23 18 2014 2014 FINA World Swimming Championships
100 freestyle Missy Franklin 52.09 16 2011 FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup 2011
200 freestyle Missy Franklin 1:53.19 16 2011 Duel in the Pool 2011
400 freestyle Chloe Sutton 4:00.05 18 2010 2010 FINA World Swimming Championships
800 freestyle Kate Ziegler 8:12.19 17 2006 FINA Swimming World Cup
1500 freestyle Kalyn Keller 15:49.14 18 2004 2004 NCAA Division I Championships
50 backstroke Olivia Smoliga 26.13 18 2012 2012 FINA World Swimming Championships
100 backstroke Regan Smith 56.33 15 2017 FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup 2017
200 backstroke Missy Franklin 2:00.03 16 2011 FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup 2011
50 breaststroke Lydia Jacoby 30.04 17 2021 FINA World Cup 2021
100 breaststroke Lydia Jacoby 1:05.20 17 2021 FINA World Cup 2021
200 breaststroke Andrea Kropp 2:21.31 18 2011 FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup 2011
50 butterfly Regan Smith 26.12 15 2017 FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup 2017
100 butterfly Regan Smith 57.14 15 2017 FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup 2017
200 butterfly Tess Howley 2:06.09 16 2021 FINA World Cup 2021
100 IM Alex Walsh 58.76 16 2017 FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup 2017
200 IM Alex Walsh 2:06.14 16 2017 FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup 2017
400 IM Brooke Forde 4:29.66 17 2016 FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup 2016

 

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Ol' Longhorn
7 months ago

Anthony Ervin.

Hswimmer
7 months ago

Would love to see Katie Grimes get Kate Ziegler’s record in the 800m

Pacific Whirl
Reply to  Hswimmer
7 months ago

If she’s on form, she will break those records across 400-1500m

TeamRegan
7 months ago

Don’t quote me, but Jacoby is going to have some massive drops in SCY this season

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  TeamRegan
7 months ago

“Don’t quote me” (as I put it in writing on the web).

Steve Nolan
7 months ago

All of the names there pretty much make sense as people you’d expect to hold US 18&U records. But Seliskar basically having the greatest meet anyone has ever had in Canada is a semi-surprise! 100 free / 200 breast / 200 fly / 200 IM is some range.

Mike
Reply to  Steve Nolan
7 months ago

Also he swam a monster time in the 400 IM but was disqualified

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Mike
7 months ago

Oh hell yes, good pull!

Hswimmer
Reply to  Steve Nolan
7 months ago

4:04 😭😭😭 but the DQ dang

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Steve Nolan
7 months ago

I remember some video of him swimming the 100 IM at a summer league meet around that time. Ridiculous.