Luca Urlando Rattles Phelps and Dressel NAG Records in College Station


  • February 28th-March 3rd, 2019
  • Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
  • 25y (SCY) prelims/50m (LCM) finals

Fresh off of breaking the 200 free NAG record last night, DART Swimming’s Gianluca Urlando had himself another day College Station. The biggest win margin of the night came from the 16-year-old, who scared Michael Phelps‘ long course 200 fly record (1:54.58), splitting 25.98/28.61/29.83/31.34 en route to a 1:55.76 finish – his best is 1:55.21. Urlando set the short course NAG record of 1:40.91 in December. In second in that race was 21-year-old Hector Ruvalcaba Cruz in 2:01.81, and in third, Katy Aquatics’ Seung Joon Ahgn in 2:03.22.

At the end of the night, Urlando became the fourth 16-year-old in U.S. history to break :50 in the 100m free, with only Caeleb Dressel’s 49.28, Destin Lasco’s 49.40, and Adam Chaney’s 49.95 ahead of him. He led off DART’s winning relay in 49.97, a new best time by over 3.5 seconds; it was the fastest split in the field by two full seconds. Eric Fierro (55.96), Connor Daniels (52.08), and Christopher Ranlett (52.21) followed him for a final time of 3:30.22. Lakeside Aquatic Club was second in 3:31.29, and Nitro was just behind in 3:31.98.

National teamer and Texas A&M alum Lisa Bratton picked up a win in the 200m back, going 2:10.94 (31.50/33.33/33.46/32.65) in the 200 back. Behind her was University of Texas alum Madisyn Cox in 2:12.86, and in third, 15-year-old Ana Herceg of Nitro Swimming. Aggie alum Juan Jose Rocha de Murga won the men’s race in 2:03.58 (29.14/30.94/32.08/31.42), with Nitro’s Greyson Alarcon, 18, following in 2:04.77. In third was Club Wolverine’s Abraham Apfel, going 2:06.38.

Beryl Gastaldello, also a Texas A&M post-grad, won the women’s 100m free in 55.64 (27.05/28.59). Teammate Sara Gibson followed in 56.17, and 17-year-old Quinn Schaedler was third in 56.44. 28-year-old William Wagner won the men’s race in 50.64 (24.59/26.05), and Aggie post-grad Steven Richardson was touched second in 50.88. Auburn commit Jack Armstrong was third in 51.13.

Magnolia Aquatic Club’s Lillie Nordmann, 16, won the women’s 200m fly in 2:12.44 (29.78/33.96/34.10/34.60). Texas A&M’s Jing Quah was just .01 behind, splitting 29.93/34.00/34.13/34.49. Arizona State commit Lindsay Looney, representing Metroplex, touch third in 2:13.42.

Madisyn Cox topped the women’s 400m free in 4:13.71 (1:01.37/1:04.54/1:05.22/1:02.58). Behind her was Magnolia’s Kaitlynn Sims in 4:14.73, and in third, Sarah Gibson in 4:19.05. Also of note: 13-year-old Jillian Cox dropped over seven seconds to take sixth place in 4:23.27. Texas commit Coby Carrozza split 57.49/ to top the men’s race in 3:55.10. Dart’s Connor Daniels was the only other swimmer under 4:00, taking second in 4:01.97. 25-year-old Jacob Ores was third in 4:01.97.

PASA’s team of Grace Anderson (57.92), Brooke Schaffer (56.93), Sarah Snyder (58.60), and Alexandra Rudolph (58.49) won the women’s 400 free relay in 3:51.48. Metroplex’s team was second in 3:54.58 and Club Wolverine took third in 3:54.79.

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Captain Ahab
3 years ago

Gladiator theme song should play when he races.

Caeleb Dressel's Bandana
3 years ago

What were his splits for that 1:55.21? I think he came back much faster for that race

Reply to  Torrey Hart
3 years ago

Yeah, he was going for it, visibly tightenrd up that last 50. If he had taken it easy in prelims (did 200 bk also) he might have gotten closer to the NAG.

3 years ago

Destin Lasco’s 49.40 and Adam Chaney’s 49.95 are faster in the 15-16 National Age Group.

Marco Conati
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3 years ago


Reply to  Peyton
3 years ago

I think he has a much faster 100 free in him. Must have been tough after that 200 fly…

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Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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