Nerding Out: Updated Long Course Meters NAG Record Progressions

After we published our updated SCY National Age Group record progression list a couple weeks ago, we’re back with an updated version of our long course records.

Much like our short course version, we’ve worked on filling in the holes from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s.  Once again, we have embedded a spreadsheet below from all of the existing data we have available.  In addition, we included the swimmer’s total number of Olympic medals in the righthand columns.

See any errors or omissions?  Feel free to leave them in the comments section, and we’ll address them/extend our gratitude for the assistance.


Again, like we did with our short course yards rankings a couple weeks ago, we examined the number of NAG records set over time, broken down by age group beginning in the 1980′s.  Interestingly, if we look at the total number of records by decade again, we see very different results from our short course record tracking tables:

Since 2010 2000-2009 1990-1999 1980-1989 2008-2009* Total # of Records
17-18 Boys 5 20 10 25 2


17-18 Girls

10 18 11 22 6 61
15-16 boys 8 13 18 28 4


15-16 girls

9 10 8 29 4 56
13-14 boys 11 10 11 19 3


13-14 girls

3 12 11 17 7 43
11-12 boys 10 30 10 22 6


11-12 girls

9 15 27 13 4 64
Total # of Records 65 128 106 175


In summary:

  • The overall number of long course records (474) set since 1980 is nearly 25% less than the number of short course records (617) set in that same time period.
  • The biggest difference between the number of long course and short course records are in the younger ranks (11-12 girls, 11-12 boys, and 13-14 boys).
  • While we’ve seen 143 short course NAG records since the turn of the decade, we’ve only seen 65 long course records in the same time period.  Although we technically have had just four long course summer seasons (we’ve had five short course taper periods), it’s unlikely that we’ll get within 50 of the short course title before the end of 2015.
  • While we saw 52 short course NAG records go down in the “supersuit” era of 2008-2009, only 36 long course records fell in that same time period.
  • The 13-14 girls had easily the fewest number of records fall since 1980, largely because of the absurd standards set by once-in-a-lifetime athletes just a couple years earlier.  Between 1977-1979, Tracy Caulkins, Mary T. Meagher, and Sippy Woodhead set records in 10 of 14 events in the age group, which stood for an average of greater than 20 years.  Five of them lasted for more than 30 years, and three of them still stand.

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Does anyone know what exactly Mr. Dressel has been up to recently? Did he get injured?

Nope, I thought he had, but I was apparently wrong, last I heard he was just training hard.

By the time he turns 18, that 100m free could be sub 47.7.


Dressel is in any type of sabbatical from swimming?
I thought he was gonna be fighting 100free junior record toe and nail with Matheus Santana.

Nah, he’s biding his time. Don’t be surprised if he just obliterates it this summer.

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