Joshua Zuchowski Breaks Decades-Old Peirsol National Age Group Record

On Friday evening at the 2019 Spring International Championship meet in Clearwater, Florida, 14-year old Joshua Zuchowski of Flood Aquatics took down a legendary National Age Group Record.

Swimming in the long course meters final of the 200 backstroke, Zuchowski swam a 2:00.97. That time breaks the old National Age Group Record by almost 2 seconds, and is an Olympic Trials cut for Zuchowski.

The old mark has stood for a long time, too. It was set in 1998 by backstroker Aaron Peirsol, the best backstroker of his generation, at 2:02.78. Peirsol would go on to win 5 Olympic gold medals, 7 total Olympic medals, and break multiple World Records in his distinguished career.

That time by Zuchowski ranks 2nd nationally among all 18 & unders this season, behind only 18-year old Ethan Harder, who swam 1:59.79 at the Youth Olympics; and ahead of Carson Foster. He’s the youngest male qualifier so far for the 2020 Olympic Trials so far.

The meet has yards prelims sessions and meters finals sessions.

Zuchowski’s other results:

  • 100 yard back – 49.36
  • 100 meter back – 57.11
  • 200 yard back – 1:57.32
  • 200 meter back – 2:00.97
  • 200 yard breast – 2:06.04
  • 50 yard fly – 23.31
  • 50 meter fly – 26.05
  • 200 yard IM – 1:51.72
  • 200 meter IM – 2:07.86
  • 400 yard IM – 3:53.06

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Christina Hannan
3 years ago

Josh and his family are amazing people. My kids were coached by Jonathan Zuchowski and they have such integrity, character, determination and faith. People that make a lifelong impact on you.

gary hall sr
3 years ago

Nice job Josh! You are developing into a super star….just as we thought you would.

3 years ago

1:57 or 1:47 for his yards 200 back???

Reply to  Welllllll
3 years ago

1:57 he swam in a brief saving energy for night swim

Science Geek
Reply to  Jonathan
3 years ago

Still, it must’ve been hard to go that slow for him. I’m sure he could easily do 30×200s back on 2:10 holding well under 1:57

Science Geek
3 years ago

He must’ve floated through prelims…. 1:57 short course then a 2:00 long course in finals.

3 years ago

JZ you are the man today. Keep working your practices and you will be the man of tomorrow. Great Job.

Reply to  OG SWIMMER
3 years ago

Pretty sure he is the man of today with that time!

3 years ago

I know that in Usa SCY Nag records are important but LCM Nag records can be Worldwide appreciated and the swimmer isn’t, for sure, just an underwaters specialist.
This from Zuchowski is a great Nag record.

Reply to  nuotofan
3 years ago

Indeed. Josh can get it done in short course as well, his underwaters are great. He and his coach really sweat the details…

3 years ago

Did he really go 1:57 yards and then 2:00 LCM? Wow!

Reply to  JimSwim22
3 years ago

Nope. SCY time 3/15/19 was 1:45.67.

3 years ago

Dilly dilly!!

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