Scottsdale Chaparral swimmers Ryan Hoffer and Taylor Ruck, azcentral sports Swimmers of the Year this past season, have made a huge splash this week at the Winter Junior Nationals in Federal Way, Wash., with records going down.
Hoffer, a 16-year-old sophomore, captured the 50-yard freestyle in a time faster than the state record he set during the high school season. He swam it in 19.38 seconds, which sets the USA Swimming 15-16 national age-group record. He was the only swimmer to break 20 seconds.
Hoffer won two more races Friday, capturing the 100 butterfly and the 100 backstroke.
His fly time was 46.42 seconds, a meet record and another USA age-group record.
His back time of 47.19 was better than the Arizona high school record of 48.00, set by Alex Righi of Phoenix Brophy Prep in 2004 when Brophy won the mythical national championship and that time was the best in the country.
Ruck, 14, a freshman, won the 500 free in 4 minutes, 41.38 seconds, which was nearly 11 seconds faster than what she swam to win the high school state title.
That time is faster than any girl swan in Arizona high schools. Former Phoenix Pinnacle star Ashley Evans owns the state record at 4:42.61, which was the No.1 time in the nation in 2007.
Ruck on Friday won the 400 individual medley B-final in 4:13.96, which would have been the fourth-fastest in the elite final. She was third in the 200 elite freestyle at 1:45.81, which was faster than what she swam to break the Arizona high school record this year.
Ruck, in sixth place after 50 yards, came on strong to capture the girls 100 backstroke in 52.95. To put that in perspective, former Phoenix Shadow Mountain star and Olympic gold medalist Misty Hyman has owned the state high school record since 1996 with a time of 53.68.
That time, however, won’t show up on the USA Swimming national age-group records, because she is a Canadian citizen. The USA age-group record for 13-14 is 52.87.