When Todd Schmitz, head coach of the Colorado Stars and Missy Franklin, tweeted at us this morning that he thought last week (with NCSA Junior Nationals, the Federal Way Sectional, Sectional meets in Florida and Knoxville) was the fastest week in age group swimming ever in the USA. He guessed it was almost 20.
We haven’t had time to crunch the numbers on when the most rapid rewrites of the National Age Group Record books have been, but this month will surely rank among the best.
In fact, though, Schmitz underestimated the number. In the week from March 12th to March 19th, by our count, there were 23 National Age Group Records, with an additional 4 coming the week before, for a grand total of 27 (thus far recognized by USA Swimming) going down in just the 20 days of March so far. Yes, that means on average, we’ve had more than one National Age Group Record per day: validating the fatigue our fingers have felt here at SwimSwam on writing them all up.
In total this short course season, we count 78 records. Only 196 yards NAG Records even exist.
And we’re probably not done yet either. Tennessee freshman Faith Johnson could break the 17-18 50 free record at NCAA’s. Neither she nor Georgia’s Annie Zhu (200 breaststroke) turn 19 until the fall.
(Note: Johnson’s Birthday is October 6th, Zhu’s September 1st, if you wish to congratulate them when the time comes. Chase Kalisz broke the 400 IM record at SEC’s, but turned 19 on March 7th, so his run is over).
California has yet to hold their high school State Championship meet, and there’s always a few unbelievable 14-year old freshmen that show up there, plus the runs at the older age groups.
It’s been a simply amazing year.