Joshua Zuchowski Breaks Chas Morton’s 200 IM NAG For 11-12s With 1:55

12-year-old Joshua Zuchowski has broken the National Age Group record in the 200 IM, going 1:55.75. That swim wipes out a 33-year-old record previously held by age group superstar Chas Morton.

Zuchowski put up the 1:55.75 at the NASA Dolfin Elite Showcase Classic in Clearwater, Florida. It accounts for just over a second and a half chopped off of Zuchowski’s former best time, and gets under Morton’s record by almost a second.

Morton was 1:56.61 way back in 1984. That record stood for more than three decades, despite tough challenges from Michael Andrew in 2012 (1:57.72), Destin Lasco in 2014 (1:57.89) and James Llewellyn in 2015 (1:56.97).

Last month, Zuchowski went 1:57.37 at the Junior Olympic meet, moving him to #3 all-time in the history of that age group. His swim this week vaults him to the top of the 11-12 all-time ranks. It’s also his second NAG record of the week. Wednesday, he went 1:52.47 to take down the 200 back record for 11-12s.

Zuchowski won the 200 IM in Clearwater by almost 11 seconds over the rest of the 12-year-old division. He’s already had three major time drops in the 200 IM this year – he was 2:02.08 at Florida’s high school state meet back in November.  This January, he dropped to 2:01.96, and then in March threw down that 1:57.37.

You can find full results of the Clearwater meet on Meet Mobile.

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PK boo I\'m sad my name is too short now

One of the most historic NAGs, this is really impressive.

Teamwiess

Wow, I swam with Chas way back in the day in the same local swimming association. In fact I won the SE 11-12 100 fly title because Chas swam in the senior division and got third in what I think still stands as the NAG. This was an amazing record. Congrats to Joshua for taking down a legendary record.

Fun fact Chas swam 200 fly and 400 IM times that are faster than the current records in those events, they just weren’t recognized back then.

big calves

Yes, I’d love to know Morton’s 11-12 200 and 400 times.

tea rex

Really on Chas Morton 2 fly and 4 im? I believe he had the talent, do you know what his times were?

Teamwiess

He was 155.6 in the 200 fly at the same meet SE Champs, 1984 swimming in the senior division. His 400 IM was 407 something, can’t remember the tenths anymore.

Teamwiess

He made juniors as a 12 year old (although I think he turned 13 by the time juniors rolled around) in 4 different events, 2 of which weren’t even swum in the age group at the time (100/200 Fly, 200/400 IM).

Chas

Outstanding! Congrats to Joshua and keep up the hard work.

Josh\'s Dad & Coach

Chas no doubt you are the greatest age group swimmer of all time. Michael Andrew being second. What you were able to achieve is still surreal to
us all. Josh had on his $400 suit, dome cap, shaved legs and swam in a fast deep pool. These are all luxuries you did not have at your disposal.

Josh missed your 10 & under record at this meet two years ago by a couple tenths. This 11-12 record has been on his mind for the past two years and a source of his motivation.

Thanks for showing us all what is possible in swimming.

tea rex

Classy. Great job for you and Josh. Really incredible.

I hope Josh keeps swimming hard and having fun with the sport!

The Race Club

Great job Josh! Incredible swims for an incredible kid. Great job Jonathan!

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