Watch Ryan Hoffer Obliterate 100 Free NAG Record With 41.23 (Race Video)

The above video is courtesy of USA Swimming on YouTube.

From Anne Lepesant‘s recap of the record-breaking swim:

Scottsdale Aquatic Club’s Ryan Hoffer took down Caeleb Dressel’s National Age Group record in the boys’ 100 yard freestyle in a big way on Saturday night at the Speedo Winter Junior Nationals at University of Texas’s Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.

Dressel had established the NAG as a member of the University of Florida men’s swimming and diving team when he finished second in the 100 free at the 2015 SEC Championships. He had first set the NAG in prelims with 42.31; he then came back and lowered it in finals to 41.90, marking the first time an 18-and-under had broken the 42-second mark.

Now it seems that the 41-second barrier could be in danger of falling to an 18-and-under as well.

Hoffer, who is only 17, blasted a 41.23 to win the event with a new meet, pool and national age group record. Prior to Saturday night’s swim, his best 100 free had been the 42.65 he went at Winter Juniors last year, in which he set the meet record.

Here are Hoffer’s splits, side-by-side with Dressel’s:

19.73 20.07 20.19
21.50 21.83 22.12
41.23 41.90 42.31

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cynthia curran
5 years ago

Arizona has a new great sprinter.

5 years ago

This is insane!!! This time is .3 faster than what won NCAA’s last year!

5 years ago

Doesn’t that swim kind of punch a hole in the widely held belief that swimming freestyle (front crawl) is faster than underwater dolphin kicking?

Reply to  Ferb
5 years ago

I don’t think anyone believes that. There’s a reason why there are rules for spending 15 yards/meters underwater after all…

Reply to  iLikePsych
5 years ago

Many people believe it. Gary Hall Sr., for one. Rowdy Gaines and Gold Medal Mel Stewart, for two. And I’ve personally heard a former D1 and Olympic coach say it. The conventional wisdom is that underwater dolphin kicking is the 2nd fastest “stroke” behind freestyle.

Reply to  Ferb
5 years ago

Gary Hall Sr. really says that how many dolphin kicks you must take depends on how good you are at dolphin kicking. If you are a poor kicker you better break the surface sooner. Which makes a lot of sense to me.

Reply to  Ferb
5 years ago

I believe you misunderstood what they were saying.

Reply to  completelyconquered
5 years ago

Sorry, I forgot to add David Marsh to the list. Or, perhaps I misunderstood him when he said “…underwater kicking. It’s the second fastest way to travel through the water, only behind freestyle.”

Reply to  Ferb
5 years ago

Look again. He just did 6, 7, 7, 8 strokes, 28 strokes, and he did some pretty impresive underwaters.

Reply to  Ferb
5 years ago

I don’t think 2-3 people constitutes a “widely held belief”

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