Swim Atlanta’s Jack Aikins Clocks 1:39.85 200 Back, Now #4 In 17-18 Age Group

Swimming at the Georgia Tech site of the 2021 Georgia Senior Short Course State Champs, 18 year-old Jack Aikins of SwimAtlanta moved to #4 all-time in the 17-18 age group today with a 1:39.85 in the 200 back. Aikins, who’s committed to UVA for this fall, came into today with a lifetime best of 1:40.92.

All-Time Top Performers, 200 Back, Boys 17-18

  1. Ryan Murphy – 1:37.35 (2014)
  2. Austin Katz – 1:38.49 (2017)
  3. Jack Conger – 1:38.75 (2012)
  4. Jack Aikins – 1:39.85 (2021)
  5. Shaine Casas – 1:40.04 (2018)

Of the names ahead of him on the list, Ryan Murphy and Austin Katz are both NCAA champions in the 200 back. Murphy won all four years of his Cal career (2014-2017) and currently holds the U.S. Open Record. Katz won the event as a freshman (2018), and may be in contention for another title this year as a senior,  Texas A&M junior Shaine Casas, who Aikins just moved past in the 17-18 age group, has been 1:36.64, setting up what should be a fun race between him, Katz, and the rest of the field. Conger, meanwhile, dropped this event after his freshman year at Texas, and switched to the 200 fly, where he’d set the  U.S. Open Record twice and win a NCAA champion as a senior.

All that to say, Aikins appears to be a very solid trajectory heading into his college career, and will be one of a relatively small group of college freshmen who will begin their college careers with NCAA qualifying times, much less much less NCAA scoring times. It took 1:39.37/1:40.86 to score at the 2019 NCAA Championships. Additionally, Aikins’ time tonight is faster than the 1:39.98 it took win the 200 back at last month’s ACC Championships.

The 200 back came towards the end of a couple fast days for Aikins, who set lifetime bests in three other events this week. He lowered his 100 breast best from 1:03.44 to 56.40 and his 100 fly from 50.02 to 47.64. He also came into the meet with a lifetime best of 47.49, then dropped to 46.68 in prelims of the individual 100 back. Today, he also swam a 46.05 leading off what Meet Mobile calls a “Mixed 400 Yard Medley Relay,” and seems to have consisted of a single SwimAtlanta boys medley relay and a single South West Aquatics girls medley relay. Assuming that ends up as on official time for him, that would move him to 15th all-time in the 17-18 age group in the 100 back.

Both the 46.0 and 1:39.8 would make him UVA’s fastest backstroker this season, although three UVA backstrokers will get a chance to improve on their times at this week’s NCAA Men’s Championships.

Aikins also swam the 50 free in 19.83, just a bit off of his lifetime best of 19.68, and a swam a 44.29 (lifetime best of 43.27) in the prelims of the 100 free before opting not to swim it in finals.

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Swimmer
4 months ago

Conger’s backstroke has to be one of the greatest what ifs in ncaa swimming history

Coach Macgyver
Reply to  Swimmer
4 months ago

I mean he did keep swimming it, but didn’t pan out that well.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Swimmer
4 months ago

1:55 LCM going into UT. Big missed opportunity.

Riccardo
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
4 months ago

Yeah when you think about 1:53.6 winning Gold in Rio and him missing the team in everything but the 800 free relay it really made me reflect on that 1:55 in 2013.

Mr Piano
Reply to  Swimmer
4 months ago

Can’t help but think about his IM as well. 1:54.5 200 fly, 1:55.7 200 back in 2013, 1:45.7 200 free, surely he could have put up a solid 200 IM

Riccardo
Reply to  Mr Piano
4 months ago

He said in high school that his breaststroke was bad enough to make his IM terrible.

tea rex
Reply to  Riccardo
4 months ago

Sounds like he just didn’t want to work on his breaststroke. Which is totally fine – swimming should be fun, and breaststroke is not fun for the most people.

SwimFani
4 months ago

Great get for UVA! Congratulations on some mean, fast swimming Jack.

Wanna Sprite
4 months ago

Didnt destin lasco go 1:39 or am I wrong

Hswimmer
4 months ago

Desobro shakinnnn some more 😵😵😵 can’t wait to see him progress even more in college

monsterbasher
4 months ago

It’s been 7 years since someone from High School broke 1:40 in the 200 back. Last time was Ryan Murphys 1:38 low at Winter Nationals.

DCSwim
4 months ago

When are we getting a UVA men’s natty?

Go bears
Reply to  DCSwim
4 months ago

never. especially as long as durden is at cal and eddie reese is at texas.

Cinderblock
Reply to  Go bears
4 months ago

People gonna be saying the same thing about Todd in a few years

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  DCSwim
4 months ago

After Eddie and Durden retire.

Breezeway
Reply to  DCSwim
4 months ago

Holloway isn’t going anywhere

Wahooswimfan
4 months ago

ACC men will be very competitive in next few years!

Yup
4 months ago

Pretty nice company in that top-5 list