WATCH Gianluca Urlando Down Michael Phelps’ 200 Fly NAG (1:40.91)

Gianluca Urlando, 16, of DART Swimming in Northern California, became the youngest swimmer ever to break 1:41 in the 200 butterfly when he won his final at 2018 Speedo Winter Junior Championships – West in 1:40.91. He crushed the meet record of 1:43.64 set in 2013 by Baylor Swim Club’s Robert McHugh, and he took a 1.19-second bite out of the 2002 National Age Group Record for 15-16 boys set by none other than Michael Phelps.

Urlando was the top seed in both the 200 back and 200 fly after prelims in Austin but scratched the 200 back to focus on the fly final. And it paid off. He took 1.58 seconds off his month-old PB of 1:42.49 and came within .06 of Nicolas Albiero’s 2018 NAG Record for 17-18 boys. Urlando has 3 more months in the 15-16 age group before he turns 17.

Urlando’s swim is the 2nd-fastest in the country so far this swim year (September 2018 through August 2019), including all NCAA performances to date. Had he gone 1:40.91 at NCAA Division I Championships last March, he would have made the A final at #8 out of heats. Including 2018 NCAAs, Urlando has the 12th-fastest time in the country for the calendar year. He ranks 26th on the all-time performers list – for all ages – at only 16.

His splits compared to those of Phelps:

  Gianluca Urlando, Winter Juniors East, December 2018 Michael Phelps, Spring Sectionals, March 2002
50 22.88 22.66
100 48.50 (25.62) 48.58 (25.92)
150 1:14.08 (25.58) 1:15.76 (27.18)
200 1:40.91 (26.83) 1:42.10 (26.34)



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2 years ago

That was an exciting swim! Congratulations Gianluca! And great job to the announcer! THATS how you announce a race at Junior Nationals! J Nats East…. not so much.

Reply to  Swimfan
2 years ago

East announcing lady sounded like a phone recording lol!!

bobo gigi
Reply to  Hswimmer
2 years ago

I hope she was not paid. She didn’t say a single word during the races! 😆

T Hill
Reply to  Swimfan
2 years ago

Yes, Sam is an awesome announcer, who’s been around the pool a few years. Great swims by the so many raising swimmers.

Reply to  T Hill
2 years ago

Definitely not Sam Kendricks announcing

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