Ryan Hoffer shaved a very slim .01 seconds off of his own National Age Group Record in the 50 yard freestyle with a 19.53 on Saturday at the Arizona High School State Championship meet.
Hoffer was a 19.54 at Winter Junior Nationals last December as just a 15-year old, and now 11 months later has undercut his own record by the slimmest measured margins.
The top 5 all time as 15-16’s in this event:
- Ryan Hoffer, 19.54
- Caeleb Dressel, 19.82
- Dylan Carter, 19.94
- James Jones, 19.99
- Ryan Murphy, 20.02
Hoffer trains with the Scottsdale Aquatic Club, but in high school competition primarily represents Chaparral High School.
He also won the 100 free (43.20), led off the winning Chaparral 200 medley relay (21.83), and anchored the winning Chaparral 400 free relay (43.29). That 100 free just missed his own lifetime best of 43.13.
Hoffer won’t age up until next summer, and so should have more opportunities to break his own records. If last year is a guide, however, there won’t necessarily be a big drop between the Arizona State meet and Winter Nationals in December. Last season, he was 19.55 at the state championships and 19.54 at Winter Juniors. He did, however, drop a more substantial seven-tenths of a second in the 100 free., where he also holds the fastest time ever for 15-16’s.
Looking further into the future, Hoffer’s swim ties him as the 14th-fastest 18 & under American ever.