Michael Taylor Breaks Michael Phelps’ 200 Back Meet Record In Atlanta

Michael Taylor broke the men’s 200 yard backstroke meet record, held by Michael Phelps, by over two seconds at the Speedo Eastern Classic hosted by his home club Dynamo in Atlanta.

Taylor bettered Phelps’ 1:43.78 record that he set back in 2003 with a swift 1:41.54. That time would have given the 18-year-old  the win this past December at the U.S Winter Nationals.

The year that Phelps set the meet record was the year he went on to suggest that he might be able to beat Mark Spitz’ record of 7 gold medals in one Olympic Games, with top performances at the 2003 World Championships. Although he didn’t compete in any backstroke evens there, he was one of the best backstrokers in the world. At the 2004 U.S Olympic Trials he made the team in the 200m backstroke, but opted not to swim it.

Currently, Taylor’s best long course time is a 1:56.78 from the 2016 U.S Olympic Trials. His short course time suggests that he can be significantly faster if he can translate his success into the big pool. According to the Speedo Time Converter, his 1:41.54 converts to a 1:55.10 long course, a time that would make him competitive on the world stage.

Taylor has been establishing himself as one of the best up-and-coming backstrokers in the United States since 2016 trials. He most recently competed at the short course world championships in Windsor, Canada where he was 12th in the 200m backstroke.

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Ryan Troy
4 years ago

I took the video

Admin
Reply to  Ryan Troy
4 years ago

Cool! If you’re willing to share, please send us the file or a link to it on YouTube!

Ryan Troy
Reply to  Braden Keith
4 years ago

What’s the email?

Admin
Reply to  Ryan Troy
4 years ago
thezwimmer
4 years ago

He also broke the pool record in the 100 back (47.37) leading off the Dynamo medley relay team which also set the pool record (3:21.92).

Ryan Troy
Reply to  thezwimmer
4 years ago

I took that video as well

JJG
4 years ago

Who is he swimming for in college?

Happy Camper
Reply to  JJG
4 years ago

Florida

JJG
Reply to  Braden Keith
4 years ago

Thank you!

Swim mom
4 years ago

1:41yarda is NOWHERE close to a 1:55 LCM. Probably more like 1:59 LCM.

JJG
Reply to  Swim mom
4 years ago

Uh… your crazy if you think a 1:41 is a 1:59 long course. It very well may not convert to a 1:55 for thi kid if he relies heavily on walls, but it certainly would be faster then 1:59.

BackstrokerLCM
Reply to  JJG
4 years ago

Ryan Murphy great underwaters but also great on the surface 1:53 LCM 1:35 SCY by the logic of the conversion in the article he should be at least 1:50 possibly 1:49 LCM I’m not saying 1:41 isn’t a blistering fast time it is but it’s certainly quite a deal slower than 1:55

Person
Reply to  BackstrokerLCM
4 years ago

I’ve always found the conversion tool to be a little fast when going from SCY to LCM. I think guys that are supposed to be equally good SCY and LCM, or even better LCM (Supposedly Murphy, Dressel, Conger, Haas) still have “faster” short course times if using the conversion tool… hopefully that makes sense.
A 1:41 probably is more or less 1:56-1:57. I don’t know if he’s big on the underwaters or not so it’s hard to tell. Still, 1:41 for an 18 year old is crazy fast, he’s obviously someone who could potentially become one of ‘Murica’s next great backstrokers.

Swim mom
Reply to  Person
4 years ago

141is nowhere near 156 or 157.

141 barely qualifies for NCAAs and you won’t have 24 college swimmers breaking 159 longcourse.

Kirk Nelson
Reply to  Swim mom
4 years ago

The converter on Swimming World calls it a 1:56.80 LC, which still seems fast. Another comparison is Aaron Peirsol swam a 1:39.1 at 2003 NCAAs and that summer at Worlds won with a 1:55.9.

Person
Reply to  Swim mom
4 years ago

Fair point, but most NCAA swimmers are probably better SCY because… I mean that’s the format it’s contested in. Either way, I think we can all agree that conversions just don’t really work. It depends so much on the swimmer, their walls and underwaters, and just how they swim.
Since he’s been 1:56 in LCM I’d assume that this swim would convert to that FOR HIM specifically. For someone else a 1:41 might mean 1:59.

Swim mom
Reply to  JJG
4 years ago

Murphy was 1:35 and 1:53
Clary 1:37 and 1:53
Detuidits 1:38 and 1:56
Lochte 1:36 and 1:53
Cromwell was 1:40.3 and 1:57.6

1:41 is 1:59 or 2:00.
The conversion tool is way off.

You might down vote this but it doesn’t change reality.

Haas 1:41
Reply to  Swim mom
4 years ago

He’s already been 1:56.7 long course, so it’s probably somewhere around there, maybe a little quicker.

thezwimmer
4 years ago
Swimson
4 years ago

Really surprised he committed to Florida. It seems like he would have gone to a program clearly on the rise like UNC, esp because the heels have such a strong backstroke and sprint group. Wow.

Cheeseburger
Reply to  Swimson
4 years ago

FINALLY!! Someone else who agrees with me. You’d have to be blind to not see how GOOD unc men are getting. This year alone they’ve posted some of the FASTEST dragsuited swims of all time and they’re not losing any of their good swimmers after this year! Ummm hellooo talk about a powerhouse??

Maverick
Reply to  Cheeseburger
4 years ago

Dragsuited swims?

Uberfan
Reply to  Maverick
4 years ago

Of all time!! New dragsuit AM’s

He who remains Unknown
Reply to  Uberfan
4 years ago

From push!

Uberfan
Reply to  Swimson
4 years ago

Or go to the backstroke factory known as Cal

Uberfan
Reply to  Swimson
4 years ago

Also since when did UNC have a world class backstroke group?

Swim mom
Reply to  Uberfan
4 years ago

Since a bunch of UNC trolls hopped on this thread

Joey Joe joe
Reply to  Swimson
4 years ago

Clearly a troll comment trying to stir the pot. nice try though

Joey Joe joe
Reply to  Swimson
4 years ago

Clearly a troll comment. Nice try though

Person
Reply to  Swimson
4 years ago

If I’m not mistaken, SWIMSON regularly posts comments like this.

Sean S
4 years ago

That conversion is definitely too quick. It also puts Murphy as a 1:49 for comparison.

Crawler
Reply to  Sean S
4 years ago

Yes, these conversion tables are good for masters swimmers, not for elite ones who go 10 to 12 yards underwater at each turn. For them, each turn in SCY is worth a second, easy.

Person
Reply to  Crawler
4 years ago

But if you watch Michel Taylor swim his under waters are probably his biggest relative weakness. He’s great all around obviously but he’s much better on top of the water. Ryan Murphy can rely much more on his under waters than Taylor can in short course

Person
Reply to  Person
4 years ago

Why does this person have my name?!?!

Swimnerd
Reply to  Person
4 years ago

he’s made vast improvements in his underwaters over the course of the last year and a half. For a high schooler those are some pretty good kickouts

Savannah
4 years ago

That’s a laughably inaccurate calculator.

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