Watch: HS Sophomore Anthony Grimm Blasts 20.87 Medley Relay Leadoff

by Robert Gibbs 64

February 16th, 2019 High School, News

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.

Courtesy of YouTube user Wallace Watkins

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.

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Papa
2 years ago

HOLYYYYYYYYY EXPLITIVE!

The Ready Room
Reply to  Papa
2 years ago

Verbatim what I said when I saw the headline!!

Kiki Willi
2 years ago

The goal of swimming is to have the lowest time possible aka trying to reach 0 seconds. He’s still 20 seconds away. Better luck next time.

Jk this is fast as heck.

Swimfan
2 years ago

Love the commentary (“where’d he go?? Where’s he at???”) and also seeing up close a rocket ship taking off during a high school swim meet.

Swimmer
2 years ago

What an amazing swim!! What was Murphy at his age?

Swimmer
Reply to  Robert Gibbs
2 years ago

Wow! Thank you

monsterbasher
Reply to  Swimmer
2 years ago

Murphy broke 21 his freshman year in college. This kids only a sophmore in High school

SwimGeek
Reply to  Swimmer
2 years ago

Forget “at his age” — Murphy was only 0.4 faster as a Senior at CAL coming off triple-gold in Rio! (granted he was 0.6 faster as a CAL junior)

Teddy Murphey
2 years ago

My friend swims for George Mason and is at the meet. Supposedly the meet was delayed due to Grimm experiencing an asthma attack, causing him to scratch the 100 back. Not positive, just what I heard.

PVSFree
Reply to  Teddy Murphey
2 years ago

He split a 19.2 on the 200 free relay beforehand

SwimGeek
2 years ago

Does anyone at the meet know why Grimm didn’t swim the 100 back final? I was hoping for a :45

ya boi
Reply to  SwimGeek
2 years ago

asthma attack

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  SwimGeek
2 years ago

mic drop’d already

Hswimmer
2 years ago

God is that you?

SwimGeek
2 years ago

Overheard on the video – “That’s ridiculous. That’s faster than Shebat!” (Grimm goes to the same Oakton HS as John Shebat)