Joshua Matheny Re-Breaks National Age Group Record in World Juniors Semifinals


  • Duna Arena, Budapest (Hungary)
  • Pool swimming: Tuesday, August 20 – Sunday, August 25, 2019
  • Heats 9:30am GMT+2 (3:30 am EDT / 12:30 am PDT)/ Semifinals and Finals 5:30pm GMT+2 (11:30am EDT / 8:30am PDT)
  • 50-meter (LCM) course
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16-year old American swimmer Joshua Matheny has re-broken his own US National Age Group Record in the semi-finals of the men’s 100 breaststroke on Tuesday at the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Budapest.

After slipping under Michael Andrew’s old record with a 1:00.66 in prelims, Matheny swam a 1:00.32 in the semi-finals.

Matheny took his swim out in semi-finals in the exact same split as he did in prelims, 28.38. But in the semi-finals, he was more than 3-tenths better coming home; his semi-finals swim is now faster than Michael Andrew’s old record in the event in both directions.

Comparative Splits:

  • Matheny, 2019 Semifinals – 28.38/31.94 = 1:00.32
  • Matheny, 2019 Prelims  – 28.38/32.28 = 1:00.66
  • Andrew, 2015 – 28.53/32.15 = 1:00.68

Matheny, who trains with Team Pittsburgh Elite Aquatics, is entering his junior year of high school at Upper Saint Clair, where he’s the 4th-ranked recruit in the class of 2020. He also holds the National Age Group Record in long course in 2:11.02, which he did at US Nationals earlier this month. At that meet, he was 1:00.91 in the 100 breaststroke.

Fellow American Kevin Houseman, who is 18, qualified 2nd for the final in 1:00.46 which is also his personal best.

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Really pulling for that 59.9


OMG!!! But usrppt!!!!! MA does usrpt!!!!! How did anyone beat him?!?!?!? Ever?!?!?!



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