2018 SPEEDO WINTER JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS – WEST
- December 5th-8th, 2018
- Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center, Austin, Texas
- SCY (25y) pool
- Psych Sheet
- Live Results
Luca Urlando continues what has been a very impressive year for him. The 16-year-old from DART Swimming had a huge swim in the 200 IM this morning, leading prelims at Winter Jr Champs – West by over two seconds with a lifetime best 1:43.53.
In addition to absolutely destroying his old best of 1:43.53, he now ranks 2nd all-time in the 15-16 age group historical rankings. Only Michael Andrew‘s 1:42.77 is faster, a time done at this very meet back in 2015, three years ago.
Urlando was exceptional going out, 22.47 in fly and 26.54 in back. His breaststroke split really helped him pull away from the field, splitting a 29.17, and he brought things home in a 25.35. For some context, he’s just a half second out of NCAA scoring range and still a high school junior, and his 29.17 breast split would’ve been right with the A and B finalists in this event at the 2018 NCAA Champs — nobody split quicker than a 28-high, which is exceptional for Urlando, who’s known for his butterfly first, then his IM, then his backstroke, and then his freestyle.
U.S. 15-16 ALL-TIME RANKINGS – 200 IM
- Michael Andrew – 1:42.77 (2015)
- Luca Urlando – 1:43.53 (2018)
- Carson Foster – 1:43.79 (2017)
- Reece Whitley – 1:43.93 (2016)
- Andrew Seliskar – 1:44.03 (2013)
Urlando had a 1:34.38 lead-off leg on DART’s 800 free relay which broke a 15-16 NAG record last night, and it looks like he’s in great shape to keep hitting best times all weekend. With a birthday in March, Urlando still has four months until he ages up into the 17-18 age group.