Janet Hu Breaks Tie; Now Sole Holder of 17-18 National Age Group Record in 50 Yard Free

In day 1′s finals of the 2013 USA Swimming Winter National Championships, 17-year old NCAP swimmer Janet Hu has broken the tie she created in prelims as the fastest 17-18 50 yard freestyler in history.

Hu swam a 21.82 in the individual 50 free final, and though she slid down two spots from the second-seed she held after prelims, that now goes down as the best swim ever by a 17-18. The old record was a tie between her and Tennessee’s Faith Johnson at 21.89; Johnson’s swim was done at the end of her freshman year of college at the 2013 NCAA Championship meet.

Hu’s night didn’t start off as well with a 22.10 leadoff on NCAP’s 200 free relay, slower than she was in prelims, and then another add in the 200 IM to take 6th in 1:57.76.

But the resilient Stanford commit came back in her 3rd swim of the night to get the record.

Full, live meet recaps are available here.


  1. bobo gigi says:

    Amazing performance in her 6th race of the day!
    She was in lane 5 alongside the legend Natalie Coughlin and she hasn’t been impressed.
    If she still has some energy, I predict a monster 100 fly tomorrow.

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