Richard Poplawski Breaks 200m IM National Age Group Record by Over a Second

2019 MR LIAC Speedo Long Island Challenge

  • April 26th-28th, 2019
  • Nassau County Aquatic Center, East Meadow, New York
  • LCM (50m) competition
  • Meet Results

Swimming at the end of April at the 2019 Long Island Challenge meet, 12-year old Richard Poplawski swam a 2:13.59 in the 200 meter IM. That knocked more than a second off the old 11-12 National Age Group Record of 2:14.93, which was set in 2017 by Floridian Josh Zuchowski.

Comparative Splits:

Josh Zuchowski
2017 2019
Fly 29.55 29.17
Back 34.55 35.57
Breast 39.85 38.37
Free 30.98 30.48
Total Time 2:14.93 2:13.59

Poplawski was swimming against a senior field and placed 6th in the race. The event was won by 18-year old River Wright of Attleboro Bluefish in 2:08.00. For comparison: the fastest result in the 11-12 race was 2:31.94.

Poplawski’s other results at the meet:

  • 200 free – 10th, 2:05.57 (2:03.54 in prelims)
  • 400 free – DQ
  • 200 back – 4th, 2:15.28
  • 100 fly – 11th, 1:00.26
  • 200 fly – 10th, 2:13.89 (2:13.66 in prelims)

Polawski ages up in May, so this was likely his last meet as an 11-12. He trains under coach Mohamed Abdelaal at the Scarlet Aquatics – BMS Jersey City Division.

Watch a video of the race below:

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Attleboro Blue Fish*


AJeszcze Polska Nie Zginęła


I wish I could swim fast in April


You living like 6 days in the past or something bud?

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