Race Video: Watch Andrew Seliskar Break the Junior World Record in 200 Butterfly – 1:55.92

Swimming Video courtesy of USA Swimming

Reported by SwimSwam / Braden Keith

American Andrew Seliskar has broken his own Junior World Record in the men’s 200 meter fly on the first day of the 2014 Jr. Pan Pac Championships in Maui, Hawaii.

Seliskar, who doesn’t turn 18th for another month, posted a 1:55.92 in finals for a gold medal, which broke his old Jr. Pan Pacs Record of 1:56.65 done in prelims, and was also faster than the 1:56.42 that he swam at the 2013 Junior World Championships.

That 1:56.42 was technically not the old record, rather it was the “benchmark standard,” but most within swimming have resorted to referring to those benchmark standards as the records, so we’ll follow suit. It was bettered by, though the time hasn’t officially been recognized yet, Tamas Kenderesi last week at the Youth Olympic Games, where he swam a 1:55.95.

Comparative splits:

Seliskar Old Record: 26.50 / 30.17 / 29.04 / 30.71 = 1:56.42
Kenderesi Old Record: 26.18 / 29.54 / 30.07 / 30.16 = 1:55.95
Seliskar New Record: 26.62 / 29.35 / 29.26 / 30.69 = 1:55.92

It’s interesting that Seliskar’s best swims seem to come when he runs out of steam a little on the end – he’s the kind of swimmer who does best ensuring that they use all of their energy, rather than saving up for the final 50. That showed even on Wednesday, where in prelims he was seven-tenths slower, but had a much faster split in his last 50 meters.

Had Seliskar done this time at Nationals, he would have made the Sr. Pan Pacs team instead. At that meet he was 4th in the same 1:56.65 that he did in prelims here in Hawaii, which meant he missed the team by .16 seconds.

The all-time Junior World Best, as far as we can tell with the help of our readers, from the eligible age groups, is a 1:53.93 done by Michael Phelps.

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mcmflyguy

wow, that kid in second place REALLY goes up and down. super low stroke count but DAAAAAAAAAANG his chest is coming completely out of the water. still faster than I ever went so I cant knock it too much.

Billabong

Loved watching Seliskar. He should be in the mix for Rio. I also couldn’t take my eyes of the Japanese flyer. One can’t help thinking that with a few tweaks from a good coach that he could be really fast.

Danjohnrob

The Japanese swimmer certainly gets amazing distance per stroke! I was most surprised by how fast he could swim the first 100 with that stroke, which would seem much better suited for a 200. Wow, Seliskar sure knows how to finish hard!

matthew

amazing race strategy for this age….i loved watching this race developed!

About Gold Medal Mel Stewart

Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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