From Staff Reports
Dalton freshman swimmer Ethan Young finished second in the race, but his name is now at the top of the swimming national record books.
Young, a 14-year-old who swims for Dalton High and the Carpet Capital Aquatics Club, swam a time of 1 minute, 46.56 seconds to finish second in the 18-under 200 backstroke event Sunday afternoon at the Senior State meet at Georgia Tech. And while he wasn’t first, his time broke the 14-under national record.
“It still really hasn’t sunk in yet,” Young said after beating the previous record of 1:46.67 set by Ryan Murphy. I can’t even describe it. It was just relief. I have been gunning for these records the past year now, and it has finally happened. It is a big relief and shows that all of the training has paid off.”
Murphy, a senior at the Bolles School in Jacksonville, Fla., continues to set the standard in the 200 backstroke, setting a new 18-under record this past week with a time of 1:38.15, but Young has moved ahead of him in the 14-under group.
“He is now the fastest 14-year-old ever in the 200 backstroke, and he is very close to breaking the 100 record,” said coach Charles Todd.
It was the end of a busy weekend for Young, who competed at the USA Swimming Speedo Winter Junior Nationals at the University of Tennessee on Friday and Saturday. He swam a 49.62 in the 100 backstroke on Friday to miss the age-group record by just over four-tenths of a second off the record set by Grey Umback in 2009. But he had a difficult time in his record event, swimming a 1:52.29 to finish 78th overall and failing to qualify for the finals.
“I had my good swims and my bad ones this weekend,” Young said.
The son of Roger and Leslie Young, Ethan said now that he has his name in the record books, he is looking ahead to his next goal.
“(My goals) start coming more into focus, but right now, I am taking it one step at a time,” he said. “We are still, what, three and a half years from the Oympic trials? I have a long way to go before we start talking about those things. But I don’t feel any added pressure. I use it as motivation to carry me on and see how far I can go with it. If I can make it faster, great. If not, then so be it. I will use it as motivation.”