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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Luis F
3 years ago

Amazing time…one little note to all..he did this time without a backstroke “ledge”!! I think is time for UIL TO CONSIDER update it’s rule currently against the use of a ledge in backstroke to a “YEA” position. I bet that time would have been faster…food for thought 💭

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Reply to  Luis F
3 years ago

I would be in favor of just allowing them to have their toes in the gutter, or allowing their feet to be “partially” above the water line. Then you dont have to buy wedges for every high school facility and still allows the same advantage almost as using a wedge. But again, it would have to say “partially” to avoid a standing start, and maybe also include language to say that their head or shoulders have to be below the deck of the block to avoid that weird standing start I have seen before.

3 years ago

Faster than Dean Farris already….

3 years ago

Meanwhile in Oklahoma, Sophmore Aiden Hayes goes 21.3 in the lead spot for the 50back and it’s not even the fastest back split, nor fastest split for his age

A$AP Pocky
3 years ago

Andrew Grimm goes Sicko Mode

A$AP Pocky
Reply to  A$AP Pocky
3 years ago

For real this man cannot be allowed to be put in a pool with anyone. These kids have families.

luke pelletier
3 years ago

let’s have a petition for these guys to co-host NCAA’s, I think we’d all love that.

Reply to  luke pelletier
3 years ago

Dear swimswam, can we make this happen?

3 years ago


3 years ago

W. T. F. Insane power for anyone, let alone a 15 year old.

Reply to  Dave
3 years ago

He is 16

3 years ago

He had an asthma attack

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