From Staff Reports
Dalton’s Ethan Young finished seventh in the 100-meter backstroke “A” final at the USA Swimming Speedo Junior National Championships in Irvine, Calif., on Thursday with a time of 57.61 seconds.
Ryan Harty won with a time of 56.05 seconds.
Young also had the seventh-best time during the event’s preliminaries earlier in the day, completing his swim in 57.28.
Thursday night’s race marked the last shot for Young to win a championship at this year’s event after finishing 24th in the 200 backstroke Tuesday and not qualifying for the finals in the 100 butterfly Wednesday. He is representing the Carpet Capital Aquatics Club Makos and is about to begin his sophomore year at Dalton High School.
“Backstroke has been his best (stroke to date),” Makos coach Charles Todd said after prelims. “His butterfly is strong and freestyle is improving. But, yeah, backstroke is his best.”
Young, 15, was the youngest swimmer in his “A” final. The other seven swimmers were either 17 or 18. There were no 15-year-olds in the “B” final and just two in the “C” final.
“He’s had a couple college coaches coming up and saying, ‘That was a really good swim,’” Todd said.