Paul Powers Breaks National Age Group Record in 17-18 50 Free

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 9

August 31st, 2014 Club, News

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

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6 years ago

After Ervin and Adrian , here is the future of short sprint for Usa : Powers , Dressel , Condorelli . All just above the 22 barrier .

6 years ago

Don’t forget Michael Andrew: 22.82 just 4 months after turning 15!!!!!

Reply to  KP
6 years ago

Rightly noticed KP ! I wanted to just mention those allready close to 22 but MA is of course a strong contender at his age .

bobo gigi
6 years ago

So, under the USA swimming rules Vlad Morozov can’t be the NAG record holder. But USA swimming says that Vlad Morozov is the NAG record holder. It’s time for them to replace his name by Paul Powers who is the true record holder. The rules are the rules.

Great performance for Powers. He looks very tall on the pictures I’ve watched. I understand why he played basketball. Good for him to train at SwimMAC this summer. We’ll see if he continues to improve while swimming in college. So many young American sprinters have stagnated in long course during their college years because they train too much in yards. And often before a revival when they have finished college. Hopefully him… Read more »

Reply to  bobo gigi
6 years ago

Good point in this one BOBO !

Reply to  bobo gigi
6 years ago

Dressel might get on both level.. I have my doubts on Powers on the second one… Dressel seems a better swimmer overall.. while Powers seems more like a pure 50 swimmer..

Reply to  bobo gigi
6 years ago

21.8 and 48.0 will likely not make it to Rio, either.

6 years ago

Yes…Powers looks to be one of the USA’s next great sprinters in both the 50 and 100 free, long course and short course. At last years Junior short course, I think Paul made “A” finals in both the 100 back and 100 fly. So there is great potential there as well.

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder of He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

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