Updated with splits
2019 MEL ZAJAC JR. INTERNATIONAL MEET
- May 24-26, 2019
- Vancouver, Canada (University of British Columbia)
- LCM (50m)
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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.