Seth Chun Ties Ryan Murphy’s National Age Group Record

American National Team swimmer Ryan Murphy is best known for his exploits as a backstroker, but similar to many great swimmers (Cseh, Lochte, Phelps, etc.) he excelled in both the backstroke and butterfly races when he was younger.

On Saturday night at the Arizona LSC Age Group Championships on the campus of Arizona State University, 12-year old Seth Chun tied Murphy’s 11-12 National Age Group Record in the 200 meter fly, marking a 2:14.40.

Chun was formally swimming unattached at this meet, but he is currently training with Arizona Gold under the watch of Head Coach Jerry Olszewski.

In February he also broke the Arizona LSC Record in the 200 yard fly. See below for a representative swim of his stroke, technique, etc.

Here’s another video, posted to YouTube last week, of Seth swimming butterfly, seen from underwater.

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Law Dawg

Nicely done! Good to see some young guys stepping up. This article makes me wonder though, what could Ryan go in the 200 fly now? I bet he could break 2:00 if he tried.

Lane Four

I liked his stroke pattern. He was strong and steady and was very impressive. Of course he died a little in the last 20 meters but this only shows how much faster he will go.

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