With A 1:54.35 200 Fly PR, Urlando Becomes Third-Fastest Performer In The World

Updated with splits

2019 MEL ZAJAC JR. INTERNATIONAL MEET

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.

Here’s a comparison of the splits from Urlando’s previous and current lifetime best performances:

Urlando – Mel Zajac
Urlando – Summer Nats
1st 50 split 26.05 25.79
2nd 50 split 28.45 28.98
3rd 50 split 29.43 30.04
4th 50 split 30.42 30.4
FINAL TIME: 1:54.35 *New PB* 1:55.21 Old PB

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. 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.

Additionally, given that Urlando will be competing at the 2019 FINA World Junior Championships in late August, there’s a possibility that he currently isn’t fully rested. Perhaps in a few months he could close the gap between him and Phelps’s 17-18 NAG of 1:53.93 from 2003, which was also a new world record at the time.

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SwimmerDude
3 years ago

The hero we needed

Luigi
3 years ago

A bit out of context, but is he first generation American? Both his name and family name sound very much Italian.

remel can do anything
Reply to  Luigi
3 years ago

yeah, from his dad’s family tree

Luigi
Reply to  remel can do anything
3 years ago

Thx

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Luigi
3 years ago

it could come from Argentinian origin ( lots of italians migrated there at one point ) with that name …

Luigi
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
3 years ago

True, but after two migrations, sticking to the old country’s names would be unusual

Ol' Longhorn
3 years ago

Dang, he’d beat Dressel by over a body length, and we all know Dressel’s 200 fly was a legendary swim. Some had Dressel breaking the WR soon.

Mr Piano
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
3 years ago

MA can’t beat Grant Hackett in the 1500, I guess he sucks.

Pvdh
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
3 years ago

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SwimGeek
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
3 years ago

We had almost forgotten how AWFUL your Dressel-2fly takes were last week. Thank you for reminding us.

Swammer from Wakanda
3 years ago

The whole DART team definitely rested and shaved. How much rest, couldn’t quite tell ya.

Hey
3 years ago

Video?

Sccoach
3 years ago

Every fast swimmer should wear a cap that says “tapered” or “not tapered.”

Admin
Reply to  Sccoach
3 years ago

If only we could develop a test to validate. Maybe some kind of blood test that measures lactate levels?

And of course, we’d have to also give suspensions for athletes who taper before the Olympic Games.

Pvdh
Reply to  Braden Keith
3 years ago

Russia’s response

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Sccoach
Reply to  Braden Keith
3 years ago

Is it not the biggest question though? Just looking for a Y or N. Either way the news is fun.

I still don’t understand how even the younger kids pull swims like this off several times a year. The kids I coach do it, even as a coach I don’t get how they do it. Reminiscing on my career where I could pull off one or two decent swims a year (as a 18 year old) makes me shake my head at these kids that are good in so many different events in different meets throughout the year

In NorCal Luca is insane but Andrei Minakov is chilling somewhere in Concord or Russia (wherever he is) saying “hold my butterfly… Read more »

Scribble
3 years ago

This helps show how great Phelps was.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Scribble
3 years ago

Never thought of that before. Thanks.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
3 years ago

lol😅

Really
3 years ago

Something tells me this kid doesn’t train USRPT….

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Really
3 years ago

I think his 24.1 50 fly told you that.

Dudeman
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
3 years ago

I’d take a 1:54 low 200 fly if it meant I could only go 24.1 in the 50