By Brian Savard
BALTIMORE, Maryland, November 6. A record formerly held by Michael Phelps fell at the NBAC Fall Festival this past weekend.
Austin Surhoff, 16, from Phelps' stomping ground of the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, eclipsed the former Maryland state record for the 15-16 age group in the 200 yard backstroke with a 1:46.13 swim. Phelps, the former record holder, swam the previous record of 1:46.15 in 2001.
Surhoff held an even pace throughout the race, splitting a 51.86 on his first 100 and holding two 27s for his final two 50s.
Patrick Schirk of Pottstown Family YMCA in Pottstown, Pa., holds the national age group record for the 15-16 age group in the event. Schirk set the age group record at the 2004 YMCA National Championships with a 1:45.10 time.
Surhoff, a member of the 2007-08 USA Swimming National Junior Team, is no stranger to the world of athletics.
His father, B.J. Surhoff, played 19 seasons of professional baseball, including stints with the Milwaukee Brewers, the Baltimore Orioles and the Atlanta Braves.
His mother, Polly Winde Surhoff, currently holds two records at her alma mater of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Her records in the 1000 freestyle (9:49.55) and the 400 IM (4:11.32) are the two oldest records on the Tar Heel record board.