Watch Luca Urlando’s 1:54.3 200 Fly (Race Video)

2019 MEL ZAJAC JR. INTERNATIONAL MEET

Reported by Eamonn Keenan.

After having earned four personal bests thus far at the 2019 Mel Zajac Jr. International Meet, DART Swimming’s Luca Urlando has done it again: earning yet another lifetime best of 1:54.35. That time shatters the 17-year-old’s previous best time of 1:55.21, which was achieved at the 2018 Phillips 66 National Championships, by almost a full second.

Not only did he obliterate the meet record of 1:58.12, which was established by the University of Calgary’s Adam Sioui in 2008, but that time is also the third fastest time in the world this year, and the fastest American in the event since Michael Phelps at the Rio Olympics. His 1:55.76 from the 2019 Speedo Sectionals – College Station meet rendered him currently ranked sixth, which made him the fastest American in the world this year. As of right now, the second fastest American in the world is Caeleb Dressel, who out of nowhere posted a 1:56.29 at the 2019 Atlanta Classic.

With the times he’s been throwing down combined with a rapid rate of improvement, Urlando has established himself as a primary contender for a 2020 Olympic bid, particularly in the 200 fly. If he had swam that exact time, Urlando would have won this event at the 2016 US Olympic Trials, beating out both Michael Phelps‘s 1:54.84 for first, as well as Tom Shields‘s 1:55.81 for second.

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CACrushers

I really like the names on the side of the picture. That should be more common

Brownish
Ol’ Gator

Milak was 1:53.8 as a 17 year old, Urlando isn’t too far off and will do better at world Juniors (most likely)

Brownish

In 2017 only the adult’s Worlds was important for Milak and the 100. It absolutely didn’t matter if he won the Junior races by 3 or 4 seconds in 200 as happened.

Brownish

Good to see so much downvote in the case of 1:52.79 200 fly. Guffaw.

The Ready Room

It’s more that people are happy for Luca’s accomplishment and don’t feel the need to be one-up him with a list of stud Hungarian butterflyers

Brownish

Than you don’t understand me. Me really happy for Luca, you can be sure. I like swimming and not only swimmers.

Pvdh

Cmon we know that’s not true lol. You’re getting supremely insecure about this. You likely didn’t see someone younger than Milak approach these times and start to look like a threat and are getting scared.
Gianluca has about 0.5s to drop to match Milak as a 17 year old and World Juniors is likely his big meet of the year, not Mel Zajac so we can expect a drop.

ERVINFORTHEWIN

agreed , Brownish is fully protective of Milak performances & would not like to see Luca creating wave troubles in the near future but trouble it will be …….thats certain .

Brownish

Perhaps. The only question what’s near mean 😉

Brownish

You don’t know me. Minakov is also much younger and I’ve no problem with him, too. Good for us to see theese boys.

marklewis

Luca looks so smooth and easy swimming the butterfly. When you compare him to the others swimming in that race, you see his enormous talent for the butterfly.

He has the stroke technique to be the Olympic champion. It’s just he won’t have much international experience before Tokyo 2020.

Drewbrewsbeer

#easyspeed

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