Oakton high school sophomore Anthony Grimm has been putting up some impressive times the last couple of weekends, but tonight was the icing on the cake, as he leadoff Oakton’s 200 medley relay at the Virginia Class 6 state championships with an eye-popping 20.87.
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In terms of context, only Cal’s Daniel Carr (20.85) and Utah’s Paul Ungar (20.64) were faster at last year’s NCAA Division I championships. Ryan Murphy, who has the fastest 50 back ever at 20.20, didn’t crack 21 until he was already at Cal. Beyond that, it’s a little tough to put this swim in context, as it’s tough to find accurate lists as it’s rarely a standalone event beyond the age group years.
Grimm’s not a one-trick pony: he won the 50 free tonight with a 19.67 that ranks 6th all-time in the 15-16 age group, and anchored Oakton’s winning 200 free relay with a 19.28. He also had the fastest time in the prelims of the 100 back, putting up a 48.97, but for some reason does not appear to have competed in the final.
Stay tuned for a full recap of this meet, and the rest of the Virginia high school swimming championships.