12-year-old Joshua Zuchowski has broken a National Age Group (NAG) record, going 1:52.47 in the 200 backstroke at the NASA Dolfin Elite Showcase Classic in Clearwater, Florida.
Zuchowski’s is the second NAG record of the day, after Zoe Skirboll broke the 11-12 girls 50 breast record in prelims. Zuchowski’s swim came in the final. He was just 2:00.89 in prelims, but exploded in the final for a drop of more than eight seconds to hit that 1:52.47.
Swimming for the Flood Aquatics Team, Zuchowski has had massive drops in this event over the year 2017. He was 1:59.41 at this meet one year ago, and cut all the way down to 1:54.62 last month. With his swim today, Zuchowski has dropped almost 7 full seconds off his best time since March of 2016.
He previously ranked #6 all-time in the 11-12 age group with his 1:54 from when he was 11. Now at the upper end of his age group, Zuchowski passes a slugger’s row of top age group backstroke names (all of whom set their marks in 2014 or later) to take over the NAG. Here’s the new top 5 in 11-12 history:
Top 11-12 Swimmers In 200 Yard Backstroke All-Time
- Joshua Zuchowski, 2017 – 1:52.47
- Ronald Dalmacio, 2016 – 1:52.90
- Tyler Lu, 2016 – 1:53.36
- Destin Lasco, 2014 – 1:53.42
- Vinny Marciano, 2014 – 1:54.26
You can find full results of the Clearwater meet on Meet Mobile.