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KNOXVILLE, Tennessee, December 6. SWIMMAC blasted through for the first American record of the USA Swimming Winter Nationals.
The foursome of Nick Thoman (20.69), Eric Knight (23.83), Tim Phillips (20.02) and Cullen Jones (18.48) put together the fastest men’s 200-yard medley relay by a foursome of Americans ever. The SwimMAC post-grad group wound up with a blistering time of 1:23.02 led by Thoman, who also posted the fastest 50-yard back ever by an American.
Thoman’s time beat Eugene Godsoe’s American record of 20.78 from 2012 as the record in the event, and beat the U.S. Open mark of 20.73 set by Albert Subirats from the 2008 NCAA Division I Championships.
Their swim blasted the meet record of 1:24.84 set by Arizona last year, and clipped the American record set by California’s Tony Coz, Trevor Hoyt, Tom Shields and Seth Stubblefield at the 2013 NCAA Division I Championships.
SwimMAC still has a bit of work to catch the U.S. Open mark set by Michigan at the 2013 NCAAs as well. Michigan’s Miguel Ortiz, Bruno Ortiz, Sean Fletcher and Zach Turk put together a ridiculous time of 1:22.27 this March.
NYAC’s Arkady Vyatchanin (21.61), Dani Malnik (25.06), Josh Schneider (20.67) and Adam Brown (18.85) put together a swift second-place time of 1:25.92, while Louisville’s Grigory Tarasevich (22.08), Kameron Chastain (24.26), Aaron Young (20.97) and Caryle Blondell (19.09) collected third-place honors in 1:26.40.
Michigan (1:26.47), California (1:26.64), Tennessee (1:27.26), Arizona State (1:28.21) and Michigan (1:29.50) rounded out the championship heat.