Courtesy: Lake Oswego Swim Club
On Friday night, Simons broke Pebley’s 10-year-old 17-18 and Open Oregon records during a relay lead-off in the 400 MR, taking the record down from 47.34 to 46.84. On Saturday in the prelims, Simons again reduced the record by .19 and then took another .26 off in finals for a winning time of 46.39.
Simons wasn’t finished with taking on Pebley’s records though. In the 200 backstroke on Saturday, Simons had his sights on the meet record, which coincidentally is also Jacob Pebley‘s, and is the Oregon 17-18 and Open record as well. Simons cut 1.98 seconds from his entry time, narrowly missing the record by .19. The swim puts him at #4 all-time for 17-year-olds.
All-Time 17-year-old 200 backstroke SCY
1. Ryan Murphy 1:38.15
2. Carson Foster 1:40.07
3. Jack Conger 1:40.41
4. Nick Simons 1:40.98
5. Clark Beach 1:41.31
Simons is currently ranked 19th all-time in the 17-18 age group.
Because of Oregon’s extremely restrictive Covid-related swimming pool policies, Simons spent a year in Las Vegas with coach Michael Kinross of Sandpipers of Nevada and was the youngest male semi-finalist at Trials (placing 16th in the 100 back). The National Junior Teamer returned to Oregon this fall after World Cup in order to swim again with his original team and longtime coach Emily Melina before he graduates and swims for University of Tennessee in the fall of 2022.