American Paul Powers has broken the United States’ National Age Group Record int he 50 long course meter freestyle by swimming a 22.20 at the 2014 Junior Pan Pac Championships on Saturday night in Maui, Hawaii.
The college freshman, about to start his career at Michigan, broke the old record of 22.22 done by Caeleb Dressel in the summer of 2013.
This is technically only the second-fastest time done by a 17-18 year old member of USA Swimming, as Vlad Morozov swam a 22.13 when living in Southern California that Southern California recognizes as their record for the age group. However, USA Swimming rules dictate that one must hold an American passport (regardless of national representation) to break a National Age Group Record, and Morozov does not have an American passport.
Powers was a late-comer to full time swimming. He played high school basketball for his first few years before realizing his full potential in the pool. Since committing to swimming as his future, however, Powers has caught up in a hurry – in part through working with some fantastic coaches. That includes former staff from Gary Hall’s the Race Club, and this summer at SwimMAC Carolina and head coach David Marsh.
Dressel took a big chunk of time off at the beginning of 2014, and so he wasn’t able to match his best this summer. Dressel, though, doesn’t age up until August 16th, 2015, which means he has the opportunity to further improve his record next summer.
USA Swimming’s all-time top 10, 17-18 boys’ 50 LCM freestyle, Americans only:
1. Paul Powers, 22.20
2. Caeleb Dressel, 22.22
3. Santo Condorelli, 22.32
4. Shayne Fleming, 22.47
5. Jack Conger, 22.69
6. Ryan Hanni, 22.71
T-7. Erik Risolvato, 22.74
T-7. Kyle Darmody, 22.74
9. Nathan Adrian, 22.76
10.Adam Small, 22.77