Will Modglin Shatters Hunter Armstrong’s Junior Nats Meet Record in 100 BK – 54.41

by Spencer Penland 5

August 04th, 2022 Club, National, News

2022 SPEEDO JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

BOYS 100 BACKSTROKE – FINALS

  • World Junior Record: 52.53, Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS) – 2018
  • Meet Record: 54.97, Hunter Armstrong (2019)
  • 13-14 NAG: 56.62, Josh Zuchowski (2019)
  • 15-16 NAG: 53.59, Daniel Diehl (2022)
  • 17-18 NAG: 53.38, Ryan Murphy (2013)

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Will Modglin (Zionsville): 54.41
  2. Jonny Marshall (Firestone Akron): 54.72
  3. Josh Zuchowski (Flood Aquatics): 55.18
  4. Lucas Logue (Aquajets): 55.78
  5. Idris Muhammad (Dynamo): 56.16
  6. Joseph Hayburn (Annapolis): 56.36
  7. Chase Mueller (Foothills): 56.71
  8. Sam Lorenz (Shroeder YMCA): 56.81

Zionsville Swim Club 18-year-old Will Modglin won a thriller in tonight’s 100 back at the 2022 Summer Junior Nationals in Irvine. The Texas recruit blasted a new personal best of 54.41, dipping under 55 seconds for the first time in his young career. Additionally, Modglin blew away the Junior Nationals meet record of 54.74, which was held by Hunter Armstrong. Firestone Akron 17-year-old Jonny Marshall also came in under the meet record, swimming a 54.97.

Here is a split comparison between Modglin and Marshall’s swims tonight, as well as Armstrong’s meet record from 2019:

Splits Will Modglin – 2022 Summer Junior Nats Jonny Marshall – 2022 Summer Junior Nats Hunter Armstrong – 2019 Summer Junior Nats
50m 26.84 26.26 26.41
100m 27.57 28.46 28.56
FINAL TIME 54.41 54.72 54.97

The difference between Modglin’s meet record performance tonight and Hunter Armstrong‘s record from 2019 is that Modglin came home 0.99 seconds faster on the final 50 than Armstrong. Though Armstrong was out a bit faster than Modglin, 26.41 to 28.64, the gap between their 2nd 50s was far too great to be overcome. Marshall swam a very similar race to Armstrong, going out 0.15 seconds faster than him and swimming 0.10 seconds faster on the 2nd 50.

Additionally, Modglin now moves up to #8 all-time in the 17-18 rankings among Americans. Here is the updated list of all-time top 10 performers in the 17-18 age group:

Rank Time Swimmer Meet
1 53.38 Ryan Murphy 2013 Summer Nationals
2 53.77 Michael Taylor 2016 Olympic Trials
3 53.89 Gunner Grant 2019 World JR Champs
4 54.03 Jack Aikins 2020 Olympic Trials Wave II
5 54.04 Jack Conger 2013 WUGS
6 54.14 Wyatt Davis 2019 World JR Champs
7 54.15 Nick Simons 2022 Summer Nationals
8 54.41 Will Modglin 2022 Summer Junior Nats
9 54.47 Aaron Peirsol 2002 Spring Nationals
10 54.49 Jacob Pebley 2012 U.S. Open

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Chanadler Bong
1 month ago

Peirsol finally sliding down off the Top 10 with the newer names Aikins, Simons, Modglin (and soon to enter the chat, Diehl) coming up.

And seeing Michael Taylor’s name up there at the top…what might have been! Poor guy

Marsh
1 month ago

Oh my god he’s going to negative split his way to a 53.

swimmer
1 month ago

MODGEEEEE

Austinpoolboy
1 month ago

When Conger was an elite backstroker

Snarky
Reply to  Austinpoolboy
1 month ago

People forget he was 1:55 2 back coming out of HS.