Josh Zuchowski Swims 200 Back PR on Flood Aquatics Day 5

by Jack McCormick 5

August 08th, 2020 Club, News, Previews & Recaps


  • Monday, August 3rd – Friday, August 8th
  • King’s Academy Aquatic Center
  • Short Course Yards (SCY) format
  • Unsanctioned by USA Swimming


Flood Aquatics hosted the fifth day of their intrasquad yesterday, August 7th. They are currently running a 5-day, prelims, semifinals, finals style meet.

While the meet is being filmed and electronically timed, Flood Aquatics has elected to not have officials on deck. While this helps to allow proper social distancing, it also means that the meet is unsanctioned by USA Swimming, making all times unofficial.

Flood Aquatics continued their unsanctioned intrasquad meet, hosting the 5th day on Friday, August 7th.

The meet was started off by Josh Zuchowski (16), who posted a near 2-second drop in the 200 back to finish in 1:43.66. Zuchowski is the 11-12 men’s age group record holder in the event. His performance yesterday, if the time were official, would move him into a tie for the 13th best time in the 15-16 age group, one spot above 2018 NCAA National Champion in the event Austin Katz.

Joining Zuchowski in the race was 14-year old Noah Smith who broke 2:00 for the first time. With a previous best of 2:06.80 in the event from January, Smith dropped almost 8-seconds to touch in 1:57.39.

Competing in the 1oo free mixed final, Pace Edwards continued dropping time in the freestyle events. After dipping below 1:40 in the 200 free on day two (1:38.51), he dropped nearly a second in the 100 free to go 45.65.

Other Notable Swims

  • Madison Sipowski (15) dropped three seconds in her 200 breast to go 2:26.85.
  • Just missing her time from prelims, Kiki Munna (13) finished first in the women’s 100 free finals (54.03).
  • Bora Hurst (17) took second in the 200 IM with a new best time of 2:00.71.

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1 month ago

It’s incredible how many young swimmers are going best times right now. Makes me wonder if long breaks, like the one most people had in the spring, are beneficial to their development, as opposed to the constant overload that is fairly standard.

Reply to  Hmmmm
1 month ago

It a great point and I think going to leave us coaches very confused. Each kid did different things for 60 days while away from the team. Josh did not have off from pool training at all but did have off for two weeks a month ago to have a surgery. The other kids began on 6/1 but swam in backyard pools and the ocean but mostly had continuous training the last 9 weeks.

I think the bottom line is that kids are resilient. They are extremely tough and do not let obstacles get in their way.

1 month ago

Nice splits!!! Great job especially given the circumstances.
51.22 (26.40)
1:17.93 (26.71)
1:43.66 (25.73)

1 month ago

Why host a meet unofficially? How disappointing for the swimmers who are getting a best time.

Reply to  Angie
1 month ago

Fewer officials on deck, less time to organize, safer, and the team doesn’t have meet management software.