Luca Urlando Takes Down Phelps’ 17-18 200 Fly NAG Record in 1:53.84


17-year-old Luca Urlando broke his first 17-18 National Age Group (NAG) Record tonight at the Clovis stop of the Pro Swim Series. Swimming his signature event, the 200 butterfly, Urlando put up a time of 1:53.84 to skate past Michael Phelps‘ 1:53.93 NAG Record, set in the semifinals of the 200 fly at the 2003 World Championships in Barcelona.

When Phelps swam his 1:53.93 in Barcelona, the time was both a NAG Record and a World Record, which Phelps himself did not surpass for another three years. It was not until the 2006 Pan Pacific Championships in Victoria that Phelps, then 21-years-old, swam a 1:53.80 for a new best time and World Record. Urlando, who just turned 17 on March 16th, is still young for the 17-18 age group, whereas Phelps set the former NAG Record nearly one month after his 18th birthday.

Urlando’s time tonight makes him the third-fastest American all-time in the 200 LCM butterfly, as well as the 11th-fastest performer all-time in the 200 LCM butterfly. In terms of U.S. talent, Urlando sits behind only Michael Phelps who holds the current World Record of 1:51.51, and Tyler Clary, who put up a 1:53.64 at the 2009 U.S. National Championships.

Top U.S. Performers

  1. Michael Phelps, 1:51.51, 2009
  2. Tyler Clary, 1:53.64, 2009
  3. Luca Urlando, 1:53.84, 2019
  4. Gil Stovall, 1:53.86, 2008
  5. Davis Tarwarter, 1:54.46, 2008
  6. Jack Conger, 1:54.47, 2017
  7. Pace Clark, 1:54.58, 2017
  8. Justin Wright, 1:54.63, 2018
  9. Chase Kalisz, 1:54.79, 2017
  10. Tom Malchow, 1:55.03, 2001

Before tonight, Urlando was ranked third in the world, and he maintains that position with his performance tonight, improving upon his recent personal best from the Mel Zajac Jr. International Meet just a few weeks ago in Vancouver. A comparison of Urlando’s splits tonight versus Mel Zajac, as well as versus Phelps’ from 2003, is detailed below:

1st 50 26.08 26.05 25.95
2nd 50 (100) 28.74 (54.82) 28.45 (54.50) 28.94 (54.89)
3rd 50 (150) 29.09 (1:23.91) 29.43 (1:23.93) 29.39 (1:24.28)
4th 50 29.93 30.42 29.65
FINAL TIME 1:53.84* NAG Record 1:54.35 1:53.93

In the world this year, Urlando currently ranks third behind Hungarian phenom Kristof Milak and his countryman, 2016 Olympic Bronze medalist in the 200 butterfly, Tamas Kenderesi.

2018-2019 LCM MEN 200 FLY

1.50.73 *WR
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On the all-time performers’ list, Urlando now ranks 11th:

Rank Fastest Performers All-Time Time Nationality Competition
1 Michael Phelps 1:51.51 USA 2009 World Championships
2 Laszlo Cseh 1:52.70 HUN 2008 Olympic Games
3 Kristof Milak 1:52.71 HUN 2018 Hungarian Championships
4 Chad le Clos 1:52.96 RSA 2012 Olympic Games
5 Takeshi Matsuda 1:52.97 JPN 2008 Olympic Games
6 Pawel Korzeniowski 1:53.23 POL 2009 World Championships
7 Masato Sakai 1:53.40 JPN 2016 Olympic Games
8 Tamas Kenderesi 1:53.42 HUN 2019 Hungarian Nationals
9 Tyler Clary 1:53.64 USA 2009 USA Swimming National Championships
10 Nao Horomura 1:53.79 JPN 2018 Japan Swim
11 Luca Urlando* 1:53.84 USA 2019 Clovis PSS


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And yet he still can’t swim at worlds.


Yes, we get it. . . . but he can swim in Tokyo!


Gives us a reason to watch summer nationals this year!


Oh yes

Gold Medal Mel

I am so excited a/ US Nationals in Palo Alto. Urlando’s stoke is the most perfect 2-fly stroke I have ever seen. Pure perfection. He’s in constant motion forward, no jerks, pauses—not for .01 of a second.. His feet are under the water nearly the entire race and yet he keeps a very slight downhill effect with his body position. He has designed a stroke that will take him to 1:50 point, below Phelps’ super-suited WR. It’s just a matter of time. And, he’s a baby. He’s going to get so much stronger… That 1:53 2-fly performance in Irvine was a work of art…. (I wonder if he studied Phelps’ stroke and asked the question, can this be improved upon?)


agreed with the ” the most perfect stroke for a 200 fly ” Mel . Many of us i think were waiting for the analysis u would offer …..loved it !!!



Benjamin Van Der Wel

No kidding. What else can one say right now? Urlando is incredible & apparently just keeps getting better every time he swims.


And he just missed Worlds team last year. One year in advance is a long time to pick a team.

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