Joshua Matheny Hits 1:01.0 100 Breast, Moves To #3 All-Time For 15-16


15-year-old Joshua Matheny had a statement swim during the first session of the 2018 Speedo Junior Nationals in Irvine, dropping close to two seconds in his 100 breast for a time of 1:01.98. That swim put him 5th all-time in the boys’ 15-16 age group, and tonight he dropped the time even further to move to #3.

Out slightly faster than the morning, the Pittsburgh Elite product really made his improvement on the back half, splitting 32.19 on the 2nd 50 in the final to touch in 1:01.06. He leapfrogs the likes of Chandler Bray and Carsten Vissering, and now sits 3rd behind only Michael Andrew (1:00.68) and Reece Whitley (1:00.95).

Matheny Split Comparison, Prelims To Finals

Prelims Final
First 50 29.13 28.87
Second 50 32.85 32.19
Final Time 1:01.98 1:01.06

Matheny’s only other entry at the meet is the 200 breast, where he comes in with a lifetime best of 2:17.73 from last summer. That swim was done at the 2017 Futures Championships, the same meet where he went his previous 100 PB of 1:03.80, so we could potentially see a big drop there as well. He’s actually seeded higher there (8th) than he was coming into the 100 (9th).

Fastest US Boys 15-16
1 Michael Andrew 1:00.68
2 Reece Whitley 1:00.95
3 Joshua Matheny 1:01.06
4 Chandler Bray 1:01.79
5 Carsten Vissering 1:01.94
6 Daniel Roy 1:02.11
7 Tim Connery 1:02.12
8 Christian Higgins 1:02.29
9 Jake Foster 1:02.38
10 Kevin Cordes 1:02.45

Note: USA Swimming officially lists Noah Emerson as the 3rd fastest swimmer all-time in the 15-16 age group at 1:00.99. However, we have confirmed that this time is illegitimate.

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Gator chomp

Why is the 1:00.99 illegitimate?

Gator chomp

Nevermind I’m dumb


Why is it?

Science Geek

I’m even more dumb, I still don’t know why it’s illegitimate.

Steve Nolan

Yeah I have no idea, either.


Please share if you know why.


The kid didn’t do the swim obviously. My daughter is incorrectly listed on an age group list in the top 5 all time in an event. She is a paraswimmer and she swam a 100 yards instead of 200yards. I tried to email someone to correct but nothing happened. She is right behind Missy Franklin and Reagan Smith but she is faster than Taylor Ruck 😂


I saw the swim and he did indeed go a 1:00.99 long course


It would be a real shame if Carson Foster, Luca Urlando, Josh Matheny, and Destin Lasco got on a 400 medley relay together in a few years. You would hate to see it

running start to touch backstroke flags

future is looking insane!


Just wonder if Cordes, Miller and Fink see these younger talented breastrokers making a move. Their upside is probably bigger than a 25-27 year old?


we would avoid ” Hate ” to begin with ( since u brought that distortion wording up ) & fully enjoy such talented medley relay .

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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